Have you heard of the Southside Paddle Group yet? I have started a group of likeminded people who live on the Southside of Brisbane and love to get out on the water and go stand up paddle boarding and kayaking together. We are organising a group camping trip on the long weekend in October. If you would like to join us, you can do so through the Facebook Group. Have your say and vote on the location of the camping trip. This event will be kid-free so the adults can have a relaxing weekend away. We will be camping at a campground that has kayaks and SUP board for hire, so if you don't own your own gear yet you can still come along and join in the fun!
If camping's not really your thing, we usually go out together once a month to places like Raby Bay Foreshore, Tallebudgera Creek, Currumbin, Enoggera Resivour, Lake Manchester in Ipswich etc and just get together for a paddle. We would love to have more members in the group to join us. There are no fees (apart from hiring a board or kayak if you don't have your own), there is no age limit, all skill levels are welcome and we are family friendly too.
I hope to see you in the group and at our first camping trip. Hopefully it will be the first of many to come in the future!
Have you ever wanted to learn to stand up paddle board? Do you own a kayak and wish you could get out on the water more often? I've created a group for like-minded people, who live on the South side of Brisbane, who want to meet up to go paddle boarding or kayaking together.
THE SOUTHSIDE PADDLE GROUP
Summer is here and it's a gorgeous time of the year to be out on the water again! The group has grown, so come along and meet some new people as we paddle out on the ocean together.
The Southside Paddle Group aims to meet once a month and goes to places like Raby Bay, Wellington Point, Currumbin Creek, Tallebudgera Creek, The Spit, or Enoggera Reservior where members can paddle together in a group and relax amongst friends.
We usually organise a morning out for a paddle to the above locations, but as the group grows in numbers and we have interest, we may even organise weekends away to Lake Moogerah, Noosa or Byron Bay together. There are a mixture of outings which are family friendly (where you can bring kids along) and others which are for adults only.
If you're just starting out and don't own a SUP board or kayak yet, you can join in on an outing to a location where you can hire paddle boards and kayaks, such as Currumbin Creek, Raby Bay or Enoggera Reserviour, where you can hire a board for approx. $20-25 per hour, depending on the location.
It's free to join the group and you can ask other members questions about good locations to go to, or what type of gear people have, or even post equipment to sell to other group members. It's a great place to meet new friends and enjoy nature at the same time. We'd love to meet you!
If you would like to join the group, and go on regular outings, you can do so here: www.facebook.com/groups/southsidepaddlegroup
Have you taken the time to explore Toohey Forest yet? Tarragindi has one of the best bushwalking areas in Brisbane. There are many walking tracks to help keep you and your family fit. There are also BBQ areas and picnic spots dotting the area which you can utilise after your hike. You can even take your four legged friend along with you.
EXPLORING TOOHEY FOREST
Toohey Forest is split by Toohey Road with the majority of the forest being on the Eastern side near Griffith University. I recently decided to explore the Western side of the Forest, as I was short on time and just wanted to do a quick walk to see what the Forest looked like inside.
Electric BBQ areas dot the area and are the perfect spot for family lunches. There are covered tables and chairs that provide shade on hot summer days and grassed areas for the kids to kick a ball around afterwards.
The Tarragindi Water Reservoir can also been seen on one of the tracks.
Directional signboards with measurements are posted throughout the Forest so it's quite hard to loose your way. Most of the tracks cross over each other and loop around the area, making it perfect for exploring without getting lost.
Along my walk, I found these rocks in multiple areas that I'm assuming kids have stacked up, which I thought were pretty cool. I like the fact that kids can explore the Forest and get creative amongst nature. There are also water bubblers in multiple parts of the Forest which include small drinking bowls for your four legged friends. I'm sure some of the native animals in the area use them too.
At the end of the track, I was greeted by this stunning view over Salisbury and surrounding areas, where you can sit on the bench seat and just enjoy the view before walking back to the car park.
The Western side of Toohey Forest is an enjoyable walk when you're short on time. If you're after a longer walk though, I would suggest entering the Forest on the Eastern side near the University and doing one of the longer trails.
Here is the website where you can view all the trails in Toohey Forest:
Toohey Forest Walking Trails Map
If you would like to own a house near Toohey Forest so you can explore the forest whenever you like, please have a look at the homes that we have listed for sale in the area. Please get in contact with me if I can help you to find something suitable for your needs.