If you are visiting the Rockhampton Region do not miss the chance to paddle beautiful Waterpark Creek in the Byfield National Park north of Yeppoon. 3 Fitzroy Canoe Club members recently paddled from the causeway crossing at Waterpark Creek to the waterfall/rapids 5 km up the creek and return.


It is a freshwater paddle which has a few tightspots around fallen trees etc but nothing of great difficulty. A pleasant breakfast/lunch/dinner can then be had at local venues.

A carpeted timber decking, built on 2 levels, has been completed at the launching area beside the Fitzroy River. This, as well as the launching ladder,  will make getting into and out of boats much easier.

Following severe flooding after the passage of cyclone Debbie earlier this year, the access ramp to the launch area has been repaired thanks to a $5000 grant from the Qld Government. A well attended working bee saw turf laid to complete the task.

The Christmas party is done and dusted for another year. We all had a good time and sat comfortably outdoors in a large circle talking before dinner. Ralph held a court by playing a song he selected, on the sound system, which were dedicated to the characters of the club. It was a very amusing affair and even I did not escape without a song for me. A recovery paddle was held the next day. If you become a member of the club it opens you to all this fun and friendship. Paddles are still held at 6 A.M. on Tuesdays and Fridays; on Sunday you can sleep in and hour as we start leaving at 7 A.M. We always hang around the club house after these paddles and have an instant coffee and chat. You will be surprised where the conversation sometimes leads to! Regards, David Grimshaw.

Hi.  The Christmas Break Up is upon us.  It will be on 5 December 2016, 6 P.M.,  at the Club.  Bring own BBQ food and drinks to get silly on.  Desert (pavlova) will be provided.  Hope to see you there.  David.


Whitehaven Beach Whitsunday Island



I recently went on a kayak camping trip with the University of Queensland Canoe Club and Queensland Sea Kayak Club; a joint expedition.  This was an extended camp trip of ten days.  The only assistance was a water drop on the fifth day.  I was a little worried what they would think of my home-made plywood kayak.  It was received well and the kayak performed well in the rough seas.  The Whitsudays are known for their strong tides and rough seas.   The first day did not disappoint — I was sure my kayak was pointing skyward up some of the waves!  We first stopped at Whitehaven Beach for two nights which was very picturesque.  Some snorkelling was done on the nearby Chalkies Beach, Nicolson Island.  We then went to Hill Inlet, a Mecca for tourists, and continued on to Cairn Beach campsite for two nights on the Northern Tip of Whitsunday Island.  On the way to Cairn beach we saw a whale that breached right amongst our kayaks which caused both worry and excitement.  When hiking to Cairn Lookout, which had beautiful views, we saw the following day’s route along the east side of Hook Island.  This part of the paddle was probably the worst weather we had with confused seas all the way along the Eastern side of Hook Island.  That night we spent at Maureen’s Cove, North side of Hook Island, which was a good snorkelling site.  The next day we stayed at Curlew Beach, Southern side of Hook Island, as a stop-over on the way to Joes Beach, mid-Western side of Whitsunday Island (opposite Cid Island).  We spent three nights on Joe’s beach, during which we snorkelled and hiked to Whitsunday peak.  Due to bad weather and kayak equipment failures, some of us (me included) took the barge back to the mainland.  It was a marvellous trip and I highly recommend every sea kayaker to go to the Whitsundays at least once in their lifetime.

You can view a nine minute video I made of the trip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nh48vf-NkkE

After nearly a nine year hiatus this website will start to get updated again soon.  I have recently received the passwords and am now undergoing training.  If you have any news or updates please let me know.  David Grimshaw.


On Saturday the 3rd of June I was privelaged to be part of the re-invigoration of the Maryborough Canoe Club. 

Following this meeeting with a large group of locals, the club will be a stronger and more diverse group with a great bunch of people leading it and continue with those who have supported the club for so long.

They need your support by coming along on the 18th June 9.00am to meet for a social paddle on the Mary starting at Lamington Bridge.  Have a BBQ afterwards and support a close regional club.  Make a weekend of it and we at Queensland Canoeing can assist with Best Western Accommodation at fantastic rates in Maryborough or Hervey Bay.

Let us know and they will be very happy to have you along.

Kind Regards

Mark Priestley
Executive Officer
Queensland Canoeing Inc

Keen sea kayakers, Alan & Cindy Thompson have embarked on a new venture – becoming agents for canoe & kayak equipment. They have also developed an excellent web page containing useful information for those interested in sea kayaking around the Capricorn Coast and Keppel Bay.

As Alan explains “Our desire to become agents for Canoe Sports and Sea to Summit evolved due to the fact that we live in paddlers paradise, with virtually no access to quality kayaks and equipment”

The Thompsons have also produced a comprehensive catalogue of the equipment that they are selling which is available on their website or there is a hardcopy kept in the Fitzroy Canoe Club shed. Club members will enjoy a discount on all equipment purchased from Alan & Cindy.

You can visit their web site at www.capricornkayaks.com.au