Brisbane River, from Jindalee to Norman Creek

The paddle

The launch point for this paddle is the Jindalee Boat Ramp, Mount Ommaney Drive, Jindalee. From the launch point head downstream by turning right. Across from the boat ramp you would have noticed the entrance to Moggill Creek.

Heading downstream you will pass under a number of bridges and pass Oxley Creek entrance of on your right (which is the home of Queensland Canoeing Inc). In this park near the pontoon at the creek entrance there is a replica of an aboriginal canoe.

Heading further downstream there is an opportunity for a break at Sir John Chandler Park on Canoe Reach, before heading downstream towards Brisbane City and then under the Story bridge.

After the Story bridge you need to keep an eye out for the entrance to Norman Creek on the right (not far after Mowbray Park), and turn into Norman Creek. After paddling up Norman Creek you will arrive at Heath Park, your destination.

Unless you have organised a car shuttle you will need to reverse the direction and eventually head back to Jindalee.

This paddle can also be done from Heath Park to Jindalee with a car shuttle arrangement.

How to get there

The Jindalee Boat Ramp is on Mount Ommaney Drive, Jindalee, which can be accessed from Centenary Highway. Heath Park is located off Hilton Street, East Brisbane, which is located off Lytton Road.

What to expect Ð water conditions, etc

There is a strong tidal flow and it is important to keep close to the bank. Watch out for rocks at 17 mile rocks, boats racing, skiers and City Cats (as they are very quiet and you need to keep checking over your shoulder).

Distance/Time to allow

The distance is approximately 30 km and accordingly allow 4.5 hours if you go with the tide.

Camping facilities, accommodation, etc

If you are from out of town the various Visitor Information Centres can assist with suitable accommodation. There is no camping provision on the banks of the river.

There are toilets available at the Jindalee Boat Ramp, Sir John Chandler Park (near Indooroopilly Golf Course) and Heath Park.

Other attractions in the area

Brisbane has a range of attractions and there are a variety of Visitor Information Centres to assist in locating an attraction of interest. Brisbane is also well situated in being within reach of the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast where other paddling joys await.

Other useful information

A Brisbane Refidex can assist in providing you with more detail on this paddle.

Maritime Safety QueenslandÕs Beacon to Beacon directory.


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