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Published December 19th 2017
A relaxing kayaking trip
In early December I attended the Brisbane Bushwalkers Christmas weekend. We camped at the Baden Powell Scout camp at Samford for two nights. There were a variety of walks on Saturday, but I chose to do a kayaking trip at Enoggera Reservoir. There were ten of us in nine kayaks. Two club members had a beautiful wooden double kayak, which even had two sails they put up after the wind came up. Annie hired one of the kayaks from Walkabout Creek Adventures on the dam shore and the rest of us had our own kayaks.
I have often kayaked on the dam before and have always enjoyed it. It was the first time for some of the group. I've seen lots of wildlife including sea eagles, cormorants, turtles, white cockatoos and other birds. I've seen bush stone curlews twice in the carpark, and once I had a prehistoric lungfish come up for a breath right beside my kayak.
Recently on the short Araucaria track with a friend we found a fish carcass right beside the track. I'm not sure how it got there, because there is no fishing allowed on the dam. Maybe it was dropped by the sea eagle. I couldn't identify what type of fish it was, so if any readers know please comment below.
The most recent paddle with the bushwalkers was after a lot of heavy rain and we got further up Enoggera Creek than I had been able to previously. It is a beautiful creek and sometimes has the most amazing reflections in the clear water. My friend Monique took some photos from her stand up paddle board one day.
Reflections photo by Monique
It is a fair way down to the dam from the carpark so it's a good idea to have wheels for your kayak or canoe. I have seen people struggling down trying to carry their boat. Even with wheels, it is a hard slog pushing it back up to the carpark. I originally bought a cheap set of wheels with blow up tyres, but they were hopeless and kept going down. I took them back and got a refund and bought a sturdy set with solid wheels from BCF. They have been much better. Some people have made their own wheels out of old golf buggies or prams. They work quite well.
Sea Eagle. photo by Monique
The dam is very historic. You can read about its history here.
We spent a couple of hours paddling around the dam and then headed to the Walkabout café for coffee and snacks. Later we returned to the campsite and met up with all the other bushwalkers who had been out bushwalking and got ready for the big Christmas party on Saturday night.