Tingalpa Creek

The paddle

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After launching in Tingalpa Creek at Thorneside turn left to paddle up the creek Shortly afterwards you will paddle under the Rickertt Road bridge. As you are paddling upstream you will notice a variety of areas including urban, parks, golf courses, reserve and other natural areas.

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The creek will wind in a number of sections. Some will be long turns, whilst others will be short and sharp.

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You will need to ensure that you have sufficient time to make the paddle back unless you have been able to organise a car shuttle or a non-paddler to pick you up at John Fredericks Park, which is just off Old Cleveland Road, Capalaba and not far from Capalaba Park Shopping Centre. This Park is also not far from the Leslie Harrison Dam.

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Given the distance involved a personal inspection of the proposed take-out point and a consulting tide times is a must to ensure which option is suitable for you.

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How to get there

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The canoe launch point is beside the creek at the junction of Railway Parade and the Esplanade at Thorneside. This is not far from the Thorneside Railway station. You need to turn off Thorneside Road and then Finney Road before turning into Railway Parade. A Brisbane Refidex will assist in identifying the location specifically.

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What to expect Ð water conditions, etc

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The Tingalpa Creek 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. 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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At low tide there can be a significant from creek level to the top of the bank. Accordingly if you stop keep a watch on the creek level or you may have to wait for the tide to turn.

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Toilets are available at the launch point.

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Distance/Time to allow

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The distance up to the Leslie Harrison Dam and the Tingalpa Reservoir from the canoe launch is approximately 11.25 km one way. However you can adjust your paddle depending on how much time you have to absorb the creek surroundings.

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Accordingly you can spend at least two to four hours paddling here depending on your preferences.

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Camping facilities, accommodation, etc

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The paddle can be undertaken during the day and no suitable camping facilities are available on the bank of the creek.

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Other attractions in the area

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Non-paddlers can either wait in the area or catch a train at nearby Thorneside railway station to explore other suburbs of the city whilst the paddlers are away.

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Other useful information

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Wynnum Redlands Canoe Club paddle on this creek regularly and if you are local joining the club is a good way to find out about other secret canoe trips and to enjoy the company of like minded paddlers.