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
The Southside Paddle Group aims to meet once a month and goes to places like Raby Bay, the Manly/Wynnum foreshore, Wellington Point, Currumbin Creek, Tallebudgera Creek, The Spit, Redcliffe, Lake Moogerah, Noosa or Byron Bay 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 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 or Raby Bay, where you can hire a board for approx. $20-25 per hour, depending on the location.
If you would like to join the group, and go on regular outings, you can do so here: www.facebook.com/groups/southsidepaddlegroup
It costs nothing 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.
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.