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Kayaking from Wellington Point to Green Island, Moreton Bay

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
Published March 7th 2020
A beautiful half-day adventure on Moreton Bay
Green Island in Moreton Bay Bay Marine Park is one of my favourite kayaking trips.

Approaching Green Island in Moreton Bay Marine Park
Approaching Green Island in Moreton Bay Marine Park


Although Green Island is relatively close to King Island off Wellington Point, it is only accessible by boat. It seems to be far less used than most islands in Moreton Bay though, and I've never come across more than 2 other people on the island when I've visited it. This solitude makes it especially beautiful.

Solitude on the water when approaching Green Island
Solitude on the water when approaching Green Island


Paddling from Wellington Point, towards Green Island, a long sandy beach becomes evident. I've always found this a great place to land my kayak, and base my explorations from. Although the water here is beautifully clear and looks incredibly inviting, there is nobody on hand to help during a medical emergency, so swimming should be avoided.

Beautiful sandy beach on Green Island
Beautiful sandy beach on Green Island


Although completely uninhabited, Green Island is quite interesting. Exploring inland from the beach often reveals the remains of various old campsites and other human activity.

An old campsite on Green Island
An old campsite on Green Island


After a break and explore, it is wonderful to get back on the water again. The bay around Green Island is quite varied. Paddling around the side of the sandy beach it is possible to see a variety of corals beneath the water. I have also come across green and loggerhead turtles in this area, and dolphins on the stretch of water between Green Island and St Helena Island.

Coral on the sea floor near Green Island
Coral on the sea floor near Green Island


However, if you head around to the other side of the island there are areas of mangroves. These are great places to paddle around and look for seabirds.

Kayaking beneath mangroves around Green Island
Kayaking beneath mangroves around Green Island


Although I always aim to do this paddle around high tide, because it is just so beautiful, little sandy bays appear as the tide recedes.

This sandy bay appears on Green Island as the tide goes out
This sandy bay appears on Green Island as the tide goes out


Heading home towards King Island and Wellington Point provides more opportunities to spot marine life and corals. Although this trip is a 12km paddle at the most, and very accessible from the great car park and facilities at Wellington Point Reserve, the marine life is spectacular.

Paddling back to Wellington Point Reserve
Paddling back to Wellington Point Reserve


Tide and weather information for Wellington Point can be found here. As there is a stretch of open water between King Island and Green Island, it is important to only undertake this trip in good weather with little wind and no chance of storms. It is also imperative that you tell someone where you are going, and when they should expect you to be back. This trip is not recommended for families with young children.

A blue blubber jellyfish between Green Island and King Island in Moreton Bay
A blue blubber jellyfish between Green Island and King Island in Moreton Bay


Essential items for your trip:

A life jacket - high visibility colours help boaties to spot you
Sunscreen and insect repellant
A broad-brimmed hat
A mobile phone in a waterproof case
An EPIRB in case of emergencies
Plenty of water and a few snacks
A camera

Beautiful Green Island from the water
Beautiful Green Island from the water

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Why? A beautiful route to paddle with abundant marine wildlife
When: Daylight hours
Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
Where: Off Wellington Point, Redlands Coast
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Looks fantastic. Might have to get a kayak!
by Carolyn Mc (score: 1|26) 200 days ago
Meg, we just LOVE your story - there are 4 of us, where would you hire kyaks close to Wellington Point ? ( currently our 4 kayaks are on Russell Island which would involve a very costly car ferry x 4 times.) I would love your help Carol 0417783862.
by carol (score: 0|2) 194 days ago
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