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The Guidebook contains an index of the paddling destinations covered in these pages.
Blaksleys  Anchorage Borumba  Dam Bramble Bay Bremer River
Brisbane  River The Broadwater Bulimba Creek Burpengary  Creek
Caboolture  River Clarrie Hall  Dam Cudgen Creek Cudgera  Creek
Lake Cootharaba Ewen  Maddock  Dam Hinze  Dam Jacobs  Well
Jumpinpin Maroochy  River Maroon  Dam Mary  River
Mooball  Creek Moogerah Dam Moreton  Bay Noosa  River
North  Pine  River Nudgee  Creek Oxley  Creek Oxley  River
Peel  Island Petrie  Creek Pumicestone  Passage Rous  River
Somerset  Dam South  Pine  River South Stradbroke Is. St  Helena  Island
Tinchi  Tamba Wetlands Tweed  River Wivenhoe  Dam  
Central QLD North QLD

North Coast NSW


Upstreampaddle Magazine .... a free online quarterly magazine available as a pdf download from 2007 to 2012. The magazine covered the geographical paddling area of the Guidebook, and also items of interest to the greater paddling community. Currently publication is on hold due to work commitments. A sample, the Spring 2012 issue cover, is below. Archives link here.
Seqwater dams - information pages from Seqwater. (note: recreational brochure downloads)
Cedar Pocket Lake Macdonald Borumba Cooloolabin
Wappa Poona Baroon Pocket Ewen Maddock
Somerset Wivenhoe Lake Kurwongbah North Pine
Atkinson Clarendon Bill Gunn Enoggera
Gold Creek Lake Manchester Leslie Harrison Maroon
Moogerah Wyaralong Dam Hinze Little Nerang
Nindooinbah   Stopping the spread of Aquatic Weeds

Whitewater Rafting Campsites USA
Canoeing in Western Australia Moreton Island photographic book North Qld photographic book (10Mb)
Instruction Eulo and the Paroo River to Hungerford
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Spring 2012
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left: Alaskan skyline.............. image courtesy L. Steindl
- Alaskan kayaking
- Hennessy Hammock test
- Barrow Island W.A.
- Marble Bar waterholes W.A.
- Gear Tips sunglasses
- Gear Tips compression sacks
- Nymboida and Mann Rivers, NSW . ..Buccarumbi to.Jackadgery
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Work in Progress - seakayak guidebook to Fraser Island

The Save-Our-Spit Alliance has sent a link to the Facebook page, and website devoted to trying to keep the Broadwater, WaveBreak and The Spit free of a ship terminal development at the moment. which is the facebook page or website.

This possible future is of interest to everyone who has enjoyed the Broadwater.



  map of Seaway

Wyaralong Dam & Mt Joyce Recreation Park opened July 1, 2011. The image below is a panorama taken from the carpark near the dam wall. It covers from the dam wall, right, to the boat ramp, left, (electric propulsion or paddle power only), with Mt Joyce located about mid-picture. In the SPRING magazine, published 1st September, there will be, hopefully, further photos and information on the eastern and western trailheads, and the Mt Joyce base camp.



05 Jan 2010 ... a new north Queensland canoeing photographic book, by far north correspondent Hans j. Preuss has been added above, and the link above, to the Moreton Island photographic book has been fixed.
Ipswich or Brisbane canoeists looking for a quiet place to paddle for an hour or so will enjoy the trip upstream from Colleges Crossing (see Guidebook). Even at low tide, it is possible to go upstream for two kilometres to the first rapid. A quick portage and you can go further.
Colleges Crossing
Colleges   Colleges
cliffs on the left bank, upstream from Colleges
first rapid, 2 km upstream


The Maroochy River canoe trail was opened Saturday 14 August 2010, with a new launch pontoon at Dunethin Lake. There is a website for the trail, which includes a downloadable pdf map. That trail map has a good table of distances for various paddle trips.

Lake Weyba is a shallow lake near Noosa. Eenie Creek runs into the lake in the north western part of the lake. (On Upstreampaddle's list of things to do, for the Winter magazine). It is possible to paddle up Eenie Creek for a couple of kilometres to the bridge on Walter Hay Drive. This link is to a Sunshine Coast Daily article about a shark caught at Eenie Creek, near the bridge. At this time it may be appropriate to remind canoeists who are not familiar with local knowledge, that sharks may be found In Lake Cootharaba, Kin Kin Creek, and the upper Noosa River.
Canoeists intending to launch at the end of Roys Road into the middle section of Pumicestone Passage, be aware of local ill feeling about use of those launch sites and boat ramp. (as per Sunshine Coast Daily article)
recent reports confirm the presence of salt water crocodiles in the Hervey Bay region, with sightings at Deep Creek on the Western Fraser Coast of a 3.5 to 4.0 metres crocodile, and other regular sightings in the mouth of the Mary River region (River Heads etc.) .... take care sea kayakers.
Whitewater rafting Campsites USA   The new linked logo under the navigation banner at the top of the page is to Whitewater Rafting Campsites USA. Planning an American river rafting trip? You'll be camping, but do you know where? This site is a gallery of photos of river campsites, covering more than 400 campsites on the most popular white water rivers in the Western US. Each campsite has its own photo album. And each river has its own albums containing photos of the river scenery and rapids.


Lake Somerset Holiday Park. The grassed over areas below the boat ramps, seen in photographs in the Guidebook entry, are now underwater. Looks great for a visit.
Lake Somerset Holiday Village ramp and high water level, Lake Somerset Holiday Park

19 August 2008 ... an email from Mark on Mary River conditions. "Thought I’d let you know a friend and I recently ran the Mary River from Kenilworth to Traveston on the 10th- 12th of August.

The depth when we started at Kenilworth (according to BOM) was 0.33 and was about as low as it could be to successfully run the entire river, even then there were some extremely shallow areas.  There were a few sections where tree’s had fallen (quite recently) across the river, however the longest portage was about 50 metres and always on very easy flat ground.  The hardest one to get through was a very large tree that had fallen across the entire river where there were quite steep sides (3 to 4 metres each side, no portage possible.) We were able to push through / under the tree which only took a couple of minutes of careful manoeuvering."

Hope this info is helpful – some pics are available at


Mary River levels may be checked at the Bureau of Metereology River Height Bulletin for the Mary River on their internet pages. (rec. min. level .35 Kenilworth)


Upper Clarence River levels may be checked at the Bureau of Metereology River Height Bulletin for the Clarence River on their internet pages

Information courtesy Clarence River Wilderness Lodge
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Paddy's Flat to Hootons (min. river level .65 Tabulam)  
Hootons to Tabulam  
Tabulam to Yates Crossing phone or email the link if planning a trip
Brisbane and Mary River conditions. Email me if you have recently paddled any section.


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