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Published September 16th 2017
Paddle in paradise at Bribie Island
If you love getting out on the water in a kayak, or are keen to give it a try, then Brisbane has plenty of ideal spots. Sylvan Beach, on Bribie Island, is the perfect location for beginners who find ocean kayaking a little daunting. Its calm and shallow waters are protected from the worst of the wind and swell because of its location on the mainland side of the island. It is very easy to access and enjoys great weather almost all year round. Sea turtles are frequently spotted as well as the occasional dugong.
We like to take our own kayaks, but if you do not own one or don't have the vehicle to transport one, then rentals are available on Sylvan Beach from Bribie Island Boat Hire & Kayaks ($20 for a single kayak for two hours), you can find their website here. They are located at the southern end of the beach, at the first steps into the water. If you are not hiring, then you will need to use the next access steps or the beach to enter the water. Parking is mere metres from the water so you won't have far to walk.
Once on the water, the going is generally easy. The closer you stay to shore, the calmer the water and wind is. Some days the little inlets are as smooth as glass. Heading south along the coast you float under the bridge, passing plenty of fishermen trying their luck. There is not much to look at, but it is pleasant to glide amongst the moored yachts. On really calm days you can continue around the headland to Skirmish Point. Heading north, you pass more holiday boats and the boat ramp. The water is shallow and the going is easy, a great introduction for a first-time kayaker. Here you can stop at the café or one of two fish and chip shops, or even the Italian ice cream store.
Getting to Sylvan Beach is extremely easy. From Brisbane, take the Bruce Highway and exit at 85 (signposted for Bribie Island). Keep left until you are on Bribie Island Road and then follow this road all the way across the bridge, then turn left. Sylvan Beach is immediately to your left, right next to the bridge. There are plenty of shady picnic tables and several well-maintained toilet blocks. For more information about Bribie Island, check out the tourism website here.