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Ormiston Kayak and Canoe Pontoon

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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 17th 2020
Explore beautiful Redlands Coast during any tide
Redlands Coast has many beautiful access points to Moreton Bay. However, some of these are frequented by motorised watercraft or even ferries and barges. Others are only suitable to launch a kayak or canoe from at high tide due to the mangroves and mudflats.

Moreton Bay offers the perfect environment for kayaking
Moreton Bay offers the perfect environment for kayaking


In recognition of this, Redland City Council constructed a dedicated kayak and canoe launching pontoon at Raby Bay Esplanade Park in Ormiston in 2018.

Ormiston's Raby Bay Esplanade kayak and canoe pontoon
Ormiston's Raby Bay Esplanade kayak and canoe pontoon


This pontoon is compliant with the Federal Disability Discrimination Act and is designed with a long ramp leading down towards the launching point. Running along the pontoon itself there is a step-down with tie-down points for kayaks and canoes to assist with launching or returning to land.

Easy launch points from the pontoon
Easy launch points are installed along the pontoon


The pontoon is specifically designed for launching kayaks and canoes. Diving, swimming, fishing, and the launching of motorised boats are all prohibited at this pontoon.

Diving from the pontoon, swimming, fishing, and lauching of motorised craft is prohibited
Diving from the pontoon, swimming, fishing, and lauching of motorised craft is prohibited


This area of Moreton Bay teams with marine wildlife, with a very real possibility of seeing dolphins, dugongs, marine turtles, and other marine wildlife as you paddle. It is also a very popular area amongst migratory shorebirds.

Marine turtles and other wildlife are often seen in the water around this pontoon
Marine turtles and other wildlife are often seen in the water around this pontoon


When you return to shore, a wash-down area that consists of a concrete pad, metal rails, and freshwater taps allows kayaks and canoes to be cleaned of seawater before loading them back onto your car.

Wash down facilities have been installed near the entrance to the pontoon
Wash down facilities have been installed near the entrance to the pontoon


Towards Raby Bay Esplanade, which offers the best parking for this pontoon, there is a shaded picnic area with a BBQ and water.

Picnic and BBQ facilities are available on the way back to your car
Picnic and BBQ facilities are available on the way back to your car


If you're looking for somewhere great to go kayaking or canoeing this weekend, why not give Ormiston Kayak and Canoe Pontoon a go as your launching point?

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Why? Easy high or low tide kayak and canoe launching on Redlands Coast
When: Anytime
Phone: 07 3829 8999
Where: Raby Bay Esplanade Park, Ormiston
Cost: Free
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