Lifestyles of Surfers paddle, Gold Coast

The paddle

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This paddle provides you with a variety of paddle experiences combining open areas, river components and canal areas. Toilet and rest areas are strategically placed along the way. In addition you can adjust your starting and turning back location depending on the conditions of the day.&nbsp

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The starting point for this paddle is the Broadwater Caravan Park, Gold Coast Highway, Southport&nbsp&nbsp(if you are staying in the park), or alternatively from the Loders Creek boat ramp via Marine Parade, Southport&nbsp(if you are not staying in the caravan park). Ensure that you start your paddle on the Broadwater side of the Broadwater Caravan. Head South following the land down 2.25 km to the Pelican Beach and then under Gold Coast Bridge. There are toilets at Pelican Beach if you want to break up your trip.&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp

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After going under Gold Coast Bridge keep to the left bank and after 0.5 km cross under the Gold Coast Highway again, and MacIntosh Island will appear on the Right side.&nbspThis is a good rest area with toilets and barbeques. There is a beach along this section where you can land. There is a suspension bridge that you can walk over to view the surf at the top of the park on the other side. In this section watch out&nbspfor the supporting cables for the suspension bridge.

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After the bridge and Macintosh island you will pass under the Gold coast Highway again after 0.75 km. Continue on for a further&nbsp0.5 km following the left bank and you will&nbspfind Budds Beach, which also has toilets and a good rest area. People&nbspfish from this area and there is also a Coffee shop there if needed. If you are new to paddling or it is windy you want to start at Budds Beach rather than at Broadwater Caravan Park, as there is room for parking your car if needed. If you have a land based support crew this would be a good place for them to meet you on the way down or the way back.

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After Budds Beach continue following the left bank passing under the Thomas Drive bridge. Near the Gold Coast City Council Buildings the Nerang River will curve to the left. Keep following the left bank passing the canals and admiring the homes and lifestyle of Surfers passing under the Capri Bridge. To this&nbspbridge is 2.75km from Budds Beach.&nbsp

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Keeping to the left bank after 0.75km you will take the&nbspfirst left entry under Monaco Street towards Cascade Gardens. This is a good Gardens to explore and toilets and&nbsplunch facilities are available.

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From Cascade Gardens you can travel a further 1.75 km to the final destination of the Miami Keys Boat Ramp&nbspnear Jupiters Casino. This area has toilets and a barbeque area as well. Unless you have organised a land based crew after a&nbspwell deserved break you can paddle back to the Broadwater reversing the route to arrive back at your staring point.

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It is important to be aware&nbspthat the Nerang River and associated canals are open&nbspto a variety of sea creatures. In addition it would be advisable to be aware of the Gold Coast bus routes and timetables. One advantage of this trip is that if you are travelling in a group and experience any problems, one member of the group will be able to catch a bus back to your vehicles. Your paddling enjoyment will also be influenced by&nbspthe tides, currents and winds on the day.

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It is important to ensure that if you are staring or finishing at boat ramp locations that you do not take up the limited spaces for cars with boat trailers.

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The total trip is approximately 9km one way and 18km return. Allow about 3-4 hours for return trip.

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How to get there

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The starting point for this paddle is the Broadwater Caravan Park, Gold Coast Highway, Southport&nbsp&nbsp(if you are staying in the park), or alternatively from the Loders Creek boat ramp via Marine Parade, Southport&nbsp(if you are not staying in the caravan park). There are a variety of tourist maps that are available to assist with navigating on this trip.&nbsp

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What to expect Ð water conditions, etc

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The Broadwater and Nerang River is a tidal creek so you will need to check the tide times to determine the best times to paddle with the tide up and back. Due to the length of the river and the windy nature in parts the tidal effect will not be uniform in all sections. The more open sections of the paddle will be subject to the effects of the wind depending on the conditions. When paddling on the Broadwater section of the paddle near the Gold Coast Highway care should be taken to avoid powerboats & water-skiers especially during peak periods. In addition care should be taken on all sections in relation to all types of water craft. It is also important to ensure that appropriate safety equipment is used including suitable footwear.

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Distance/Time to allow

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The total trip is approximately 9km one way and 18km return. Allow about 3-4 hours for return trip.

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Camping facilities, accommodation, etc

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The Gold Coast City Council manages a caravan park on the Broadwater with a variety of accommodation types from Cabins, Caravan, Camper and Tent sites. Some sites are closer to the Creek than others so you will need to check with the Caravan Park on proximity of your allocated site to the Creek.&nbsp Details for the Broadwater Creek Tourist Park are:

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Broadwater Caravan Park,

Gold Coast Highway, Southport (07) 5581 7722

Phone:&nbsp (07) 5581 7722&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp &nbspEmail:&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp bwater@gctp.com.au&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp

Website: http://www.gctp.com.au/bwater/default.htm&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp

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Other attractions in the area

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Fishing, Beaches, Theme Parks and other local attractions. Information available in caravan park office.

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Other useful information

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Currumbin Creek and Tallebudgera Creek are other paddles on the Gold Coast that you could try.