North Pine River (Middle Section)
Allow 5 hrs
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A nice, open paddle along the middle section of the river, through mangrove and forest lined banks.
This moderately trafficked paddle starts from Acacia Park in Murrumba Downs, with a turn-around point at Leis Park in Lawnton.
From the small beach at Acacia Park head right. Left heads downstream to the river mouth at Bramble Bay (passing under the Bruce Highway which can be seen from the start point), while straight goes to the South Pine River.
On the right bank, a trail winds through the forest and a viewing platform is visible.
After about 2 kms there is a branch to the right that is worth exploring, where mangroves dominate the shoreline. This links back to the main river further upstream.
There are a number of small additional sections off the main river, plus one tributary that extends over 500m inland that is well worth exploring (located on the first hairpin bend).
Continue to Leis Park in Lawnton, passing under the Gympie Road bridge (but just before the train bridge).
The river is lined with changing vegetation, including mangroves and a variety of trees and is quite a peaceful and scenic paddle.
Difficulty: For the most part, the river 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. The paddle could be completed one-way, with a two-vehicle shuffle, allowing the upper or lower section to be added to the paddle.
Besides the couple of short tributaries there is limited ability for taking a wrong turn once on the river.
The paddle starts at Acacia Park, on Pine River Drive in Murrumba Downs, 30 minutes drive north of Brisbane.
Parking is limited at the park, however there is additional nearby street parking.
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 river is tidal, and the paddle is upstream, so should be completed 2-3 hours either side of the incoming high tide. While some sections may bottom out at low tide, the paddle can still be completed.
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.
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