Pumicestone Channel, Caloundra-Deception Bay

Pumicestone Channel, Caloundra-Deception Bay


The paddle


Can be paddled from the Caloundra bar to Deception Bay however there are many tidal flats that are exposed at the lower tides. The Channel is buoyed and is used by many other vessels. There are many tidal inlets, island and creeks that can be explored, especially at the higher tides. Landings can be made at various locations on the islands and Bribie Island eg Lions Park (opposite the Power Boat Club) and at Lighthouse Reach (opposite southern end of Egg Island). Toilets are available at both of these locations. From Lions Park there is a walk to old WWII gun enplacements.


How to get there


(i) End of Roys Road Ð Commencing at the intersection of Roys Road with the Bruce Highway turn off the highway in an easterly direction and travel to the end of Roys Road.


(ii) Caloundra Power Boat Club Ð Southern end of Golden Beach on the Esplanade.


What to expect Ð water conditions, etc


Any craft that can handle the sometimes windy and choppy conditions. The Channel is tidal and at low tides there are many exposed areas. Attempting the Caloundra bar is not recommended.


Distance/Time to allow


You can tailor your paddles to the time that you have available. You can organise interesting paddles of 2 to 4 hours in duration.


Camping facilities, accommodation, etc


There are a range of camping and accommodation choices available in the Sunshine Coast area.


Other attractions in the area


Fishing. Surf. A number of other creeks and rivers. National Parks and natural environments. Cruises and other attractions.


Other useful information


Further information on this area can be located through this website:




Suncoast Seniors Recreational Kayak Club and the Sunshine Coast Canoe Club both  regularly paddle in this area 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.