Enoggera Creek (Lower Section)
Allow 3 hrs
Elevation gain (m):
Max. elevation (m):
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An interesting paddle under numerous road and train bridges, including the spaghetti junction near the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital.
This lightly trafficked paddle starts from the canoe launch off of Sandgate Road in Albion.
From the launch point, there is the option to head right (upstream) or left (to the creek mouth and Brisbane River). It is recommended to head upstream first.
The paddle has a variety of scenery, including both natural and man-made.
Sections of mangrove-lined shores are juxtaposed by numerous bridges, both for road and rail.
Of particular interest is the spaghetti junction, a chaotic mess of roads above the river, located near the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital.
While the creek continues much further, a suitable turn-around spot is the footbridge near the Windsor Dog Park.
On the return leg, continue past the starting point to the creek mouth at Breakfast Creek, where the creek meets the Brisbane River and views to Newstead House and the park are afforded.
Difficulty: The creek is wide and fairly protected from the wind, making it a pleasant paddle.
Direction: This is an out-and-back paddle that returns the way it came, with no tributaries and limited ability for taking a wrong turn once on the creek.
The paddle starts at the canoe launch off of Sandgate Road in Albion (not far from the Albion Park Raceway), 15 minutes drive north of Brisbane.
Parking is ample for how trafficked the location is.
best time to go
The paddle can be completed year-round. There is limited shade during the middle parts of the day, so morning or afternoon is recommended.
As with any kayak, it is recommended to go in low-wind conditions.
The creek is tidal, and the paddle is primarily upstream, so should be completed 2-3 hours either side of the incoming high tide.
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