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Cabbage Tree Creek




Distance (kms):

15.1 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 5 hrs

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2WD Sufficient

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A delightful paddle that offers a range of views, from mangroves to shoreside homes, and a number of bridge underpasses.

This lightly trafficked paddle starts from the Shorncliffe Public Boat Ramp in Shorncliffe.

Head right from the boat ramp. Left passes the Shorncliffe foreshore out into Bramble Bay, while straight ahead is Nundah Creek.

The creek snakes its way upstream through moored boats. The creek is fringed with mangroves on the left bank and houses on the right bank.

For the most part, the creek is wide and an easy paddle. The mangroves near the start of the paddle allow for some fun exploration at high tide.

A number of derelict boats make for interesting viewing, as well as fishing pontoons and jetties that have seen better days.

There are a number of tributaries worth exploring, some that extend for quite a distance from the main creek. These are located either side of Curlew Park, a short one that passes under Finnie Road in Deagon, and just prior to the Gateway Motorway underpass.

About two-thirds into the paddle a section surrounded by mangroves opens up to a much more expansive body of water and is very beautiful.

At the Sandgate Road underpass, there is also a train line underpass and cycleway underpass.

The creek extends about 5.6 kms before it gets choked up with trees shortly after passing underneath the Gateway Motorway. Simply return the way you came.

Difficulty: For the most part, the creek is wide and protected from the wind, making it a pleasant paddle, however the tributaries are much narrower.

Direction: This is an out-and-back paddle that returns the way it came. Besides the tributaries, there is limited ability for taking a wrong turn once on the creek.

getting there

The paddle starts at the Shorncliffe Public Boat Ramp on Sinbad Street in Shorncliffe, 30 minutes drive north of Brisbane.

Parking is ample, however this location is also used by boaties so can get busy during peak periods.

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 upstream, so should be completed 2-3 hours either side of the incoming high tide. Sections may bottom out at low tide.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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