If you’ve been asking yourself: “Where can I paddle board near the city, or Sunshine Coast?” We have the perfect answer… well, actually we have 7 of them…
Bongaree Beach Bribie Island is a wonderfully calm beach off Welsby Parade perfect for busting out your stand up paddle board and launching off into the bay for a peaceful day of paddling on the western side of Bribie.
If you don’t own a sup, don’t worry, there are hire shops located along Welsby Parade.
A favourite with families precisely because of the gentle waters and shallow areas you can paddle south towards Buckleys Hole, or north towards the Bribie Island Road Bridge.
Just be mindful that there can be strong tidal currents parallel to the beach in Pumicestone Passage.
The Caboolture River is a long and snaking river which feeds smaller creeks offering some pleasant stand up paddle board fun.
Opening wider and flowing into Deception Bay at the eastern end while narrowing and terminating about 2 kilometres up from Captain Whish Bridge to the western side, this is a calm river for a relaxing day out paddle boarding Brisbane north side.
You can launch your sup upstream via the Rafting Ground Park in Caboolture, or downstream closer to the mouth of Caboolture River from the Beachmere ramp on Saint Smith Road.
Keep in mind, the closer you sup to Deception Bay, the more likely you will feel the tidal influence.
The serene water lapping onto Crockatt Park’s shore near the Woody Point Jetty is another great sup location and a popular spot for kayakers and sailing enthusiasts.
These azure waters are wonderfully quiet making this concave stretch of Bramble Bay water a safe place for a stand up paddle boarding Brisbane north adventure.
Drive into Donnybrook and onto the Esplanade to the unobtrusive little boat ramp to push your sup into Pumicestone Passage and go for a picturesque paddle into this serene channel.
You have plenty of stand up paddle board touring options in this stretch of Moreton Bay Marine Park. You can make your way round Little Goat Island, down to Gallagher Point camping area for a looksee, or past Toorbul township into Ningi Creek, or head across the channel from the boat ramp and drag your sup onto the Poverty Creek campground area instead. Another option is a paddle up north past Mission Point Camping Area, to Lime Pocket Camping Area.
Whichever direction you choose, there is plenty to see and channel traffic is light, but keep an eye out for other vessels and jet skis which may send a few waves your way the further into the passage you venture.
This north-western corner of Moreton Bay feeds into various waterways including creeks, streams and lagoons making it a popular area for fishing, kayaking, canoeing and boating. The waters are generally tranquil, though at times the currents can pick up and you will encounter some wave action depending on the intensity of the south easterly winds.
This great sup spot is accessible from the end of Haysmouth Parade, Clontarf. Hays Inlet supports a vast array of life and bird species, you may catch a glimpse of Eastern Curlews, White Breasted Sea Eagles, Flying Foxes, kangaroo, koalas, fish, crabs and much more.
It is comprised of different habitats including open eucalyptus forest, paperbark, casuarina, saltmarshes and mangrove forest.
Stand up paddle boarding Brisbane north in Lake Kurwongbah is only permitted between Sunday and Wednesday, as on other days this placid lake turns into a water sporting ‘paddle power’ ground for water skiers and rowers.
You can launch your stand up paddle board from Mick Hanfling Park, off Torrens Rd.
Why not combine sup with bird watching, or fishing on Lake Kurwongbah? You don’t even need a permit, just bring the right gear.
The winding North Pine River is a tranquil body of water which flows into Bramble Bay between Brighton and Redcliffe.
This wonderful river is a perfect place for a bit of sup, so push off from Youngs Crossing behind Old Petrie Town, or Leis Park and paddle in either direction at your own pace.
You can head up river past YMCA Camp Warrawee to Grant Street, or down past Sweeney Reserve to the Gympie Rd bridge and back up for an intensive 1 hour stand up paddle board trip.
The river is home to more platypus than any other waterway in Moreton Bay Region, so keep your eyes peeled.