Less than an hour's drive North of Brisbane, Coochin Creek is a wonderful spot for a gentle paddle. You are sure to come home feeling like you have properly escaped the city and enjoyed the great outdoors.
You can put in your canoe at the Coochin Creek camping area, off Roy's Road, although there are some steps you would need to carry your canoe down to access the water. There are facilities here, including toilets and electric BBQs, so it also makes a good base for a picnic if you are in a bigger group where not everyone goes out on the water. It would also be an ideal place to camp if you want to make a full weekend of it. You can read a Weekend Notes review of the campsite here.
An alternative access point is at the Boat Ramp, a few minutes drive from the Campsite - just follow the signs. This is an ideal spot to launch a bigger boat and there is easy access to the water. There is plenty of space to park your car here, but the area has some litter and sand flies and wouldn't make a great picnic spot.
Lined with overhanging forest and good reflections, the Creek is beautiful to paddle along. The water is flat and ideal for families or novice paddlers. There is abundant bird life and jumping fish to spot and if you go at the weekend there are plenty of people fishing on tiny beaches along the way to wave to.
If you don't have your own canoe, you could try renting one from the Rosco canoe shop in Kedron. They have canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards and also hire out padded bars which you can strap to the roof of your car, so you don't even need your own roof rack. Click here for more information