South Pine River (Lower Section)
Allow 4 hrs
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A nice, open paddle along the lower section of the river, through mangrove and forest lined banks.
This moderately trafficked paddle starts from Acacia Park in Murrumba Downs and finishes at Bob Bell Park in Strathpine.
From the small beach at Acacia Park head straight. Left heads downstream of the North Pine River to the river mouth at Bramble Bay (passing under the Bruce Highway which can be seen from the start point), while right heads upstream of the North Pine River.
There are a number of early tributaries to the right once entering the river. The first is a dead end, while the second is Four Mile Creek and would add significant distance (it is recommended to complete this as a separate paddle).
After about 1.5 kms, the river opens up and there is a small island in front of you. There is a small tributary around to the right worth exploring.
After about 2.5 kms, there is a lovely section to the left that is well worth exploring (possibly the highlight of the paddle). This section explores past the banks of the Barungwarra Bushland Reserve. Note that this section represents about 3 kms of the paddle.
Afterwards, continue upstream until Bob Bell Park, before turning around. There is a lovely fallen tree in the water directly across from the canoe launch at the park.
While this is arguably the least scenic part of the South Pine River, it is still an enjoyable paddle with decent views.
Difficulty: For the most part, the river is wide and protected from the wind, making it a pleasant paddle.
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.
Besides the couple of short tributaries and the section near the Barungwarra Bushland Reserve, 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.
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