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Nudgee Creek




Distance (kms):

7.6 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 3 hrs

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Difficulty (Grade):


Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A beautiful paddle through the mangrove-lined banks of the Boondall Wetlands and out into Moreton Bay, past a bird hide and a number of creek-side viewing platforms.

This moderately trafficked paddle starts from the canoe launch at the far end of the car park for the Tabbil-ban Dha-gun Circuit in Nudgee (on Oquinn Street).

From the launch point, there is the option to head left (upstream) or right (to the creek mouth and Moreton Bay). It is recommended to head upstream first and save the best to last.

The paddle is relatively short and easy, with a variety of scenery. Upstream sees you passing creek-front homes and mangrove-lined shores.

At high tide there are some fun little offshoots into the mangroves to be explored.

Paddle upstream until you reach a point where there are trees across the creek blocking you from going any further (it is a bit of fun navigating the narrowing section up until that point though).

Once at that point, turn around and head back past where you entered and continue to the creek mouth.

This section passes alongside the Tabbil-ban Dha-gun Circuit boardwalk and out to the bird watching hut, with beautiful views into Moreton Bay. From there, return to the start point.

Note that the upstream section of the creek hugs the road at times, which can be a little loud.

There is also the option to portage across the plain near the end of Nudgee Creek (upstream) over into Nundah Creek to extend your paddle. It is relatively easy to spot the portage location (on your right as you head upstream).

Difficulty: For the most part, the creek is wide and protected from the wind, making it a pleasant paddle, however it does narrow as you near the turn-around point.

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.

getting there

The paddle starts at the canoe launch at the far end of the car park for the Tabbil-ban Dha-gun Circuit in Nudgee (on Oquinn Street), 30 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. 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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