Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published July 30th 2020
Family friendly paddling on Moreton Bay
Kayaking and canoeing are great family activities whose benefits can include increased time together, improved cardiovascular fitness, and reduced wear and tear on joints since paddling is a low impact activity.
Paddling is a fantastic way for families to exercise together
Redlands Coast with its many kilometers of often-calm Moreton Bay shoreline is ideally situated for families who love to paddle together, whether by canoe or by kayak. Further, in recent years the Redland City Council has begun to add canoe and kayak launches across some of its foreshore parks. This article looks at three of the best kayak and canoe launching points for families.
Beautiful Redlands Coast has many kilometres of coastline that is ideal for kayaking and canoeing
The first of the kayak and canoe launches that is ideal for families is set on the eastern side of Wellington Point Recreational Reserve. The water here is ideal for paddling with children when the wind is from the west during which the recreational reserve's peninsular shelters them. Located at an old boat ramp, this launching point can be used during high and low tides.
The kayak and canoe launching point at Wellington Point Recreation Reserve can be used at high and low tide
Other facilities that make this kayak and canoe launch ideal for families include a playground, picnic, and BBQ facilities, drinking water, public toilets, and a cafe that sells hot food, coffee, and ice cream.
The kayak and canoe launch sits adjacent to a small playground and shaded picnic facilities
Raby Esplanade Park in Ormiston has a dedicated kayak and canoe pontoon that floats upon one of the Raby Bay Canals and can be used to access Moreton Bay at high and low tides.
This kayak and canoe pontoon on one of Raby Bay's canals can be used to access Moreton Bay at high or low tide
The pontoon is located on the edge of parklands that include a fantastic new playground, picnic and BBQ facilities, drinking water, and a newly constructed public amenities block.
This amazing playground will help kids burn off any remaining energy!
3. G.J. Walter Park
The kayak and canoe launching point at G.J Walter Park in Cleveland differs from the others in that it is best used at high tide only. Cleveland's tides can be checked here when planning your adventure. However, the area of Moreton Bay around G.J. Walter Park is stunning, with white-bellied sea eagles frequently seen soaring above the shoreline.
G.J. Walter Park's kayak and canoe launch is best for high tide paddles only
G.J. Walter Park has a number of facilities that make it ideal for families with children. These include a small playground right next to the kayak and canoe launching point, picnic shelters and shaded picnic tables, an electric BBQ, public toilets, and drinking water. There is also an off-leash dog park within G.J. Walter Park for those who like to take their dogs kayaking as well.
This peaceful park has multiple picnic areas and a small playground
Although Redlands Coast has many wonderful points from which kayaks and canoes can be launched, the three listed above are particularly good for families with children. Which of these launches is your family's favourite?