Grab a partner and head to the Enoggera Reservoir this weekend for some kayaking. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or an advanced navigator of these small vessels, you will find a location that suits you in and around Brisbane. For beginners to intermediate kayakers, I recommend a day out at the Enoggera Reservoir.
The Enoggera Reservoir is located in the southern corridor to the D'Aguilar mountain ranges, just 10 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Brisbane's CBD at The Gap. Located behind the Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre, the recreation area is accessible via the Araucaria walking circuit near the carpark. The Araucaria circuit is a short walking track (5km), handy for those who have bought swimming gear, picnic baskets and/or kayaks along.
My tribe will usually hire out kayaks and paddle boards from the Adventure Dollar Tour operators, as they offer an hour hire for $20 per person, per watercraft. Samantha the tour operator, demonstrated the sensible use of the vessel after we had applied sunscreen and put on the life jackets. We were given our chosen watercraft, for kayaks (you may need a partner) and after a little push off from the bank, were swanning around the reservoir in no time.
The recreation area has a guided waterway for kayakers, which is great for beginners, trying to learn how to navigate the small vessel confidently. There is a small billabong style island situated around 500m from the allocated recreation zone, which seems to attract most visitors and that little bit more intermediate level in navigating your watercraft towards the middle of the ancient dam. If you are super confident, you may even take your own watercraft out further adrift from the recreation area at your own peril.
The Adventure Dollar tour operator thankfully followed behind some of the less confident Kayakers on a paddleboard. Although, 10 mins later, funnily enough, I observed that this same group was jumping from their watercraft into the dam for a refreshing swim and back to the watercraft again for a paddle.
Before you get back to the hustle and bustle of city living, you might want to stop in for a coffee at the Green Tree Frog Café. My tribe and I were a little too late, as it was 4:30 pm and the café closed at 3 pm on the weekends. Must make a note for next time.