The Bulimba Creek Canoe Trail in Brisbane is in the heart of South East Brisbane. A few weeks ago I did the trail with my family and we loved it.
A week or so ago we got a visit at the shop from Lisa Atwood. Lisa is the Brisbane City Councilor for Dodoy Ward which covers the suburbs of Belmont, Camp Hill, Cannon Hill, Carina, Carindale, Eagle Farm, Hemmant, Lyton, Manly West, Morningside, Murarrie, Tingalpa, Wakerly and Wynnum West.
She “believes in bringing the community together by building better infrastructure, supporting community groups and improving green spaces.” Her visit was to discuss the access to the waterways in her ward.
Having only done the Bulimba Creek Canoe Trail earlier this month, I offered to put a few kayaks on the water and she could see for herself one of the most under utilized assets in the area.
We decided to start from Medowlands Road and end at the Murrarie Recreational Reserve, a total distance of 5.9kms. Although we were using Hobie kayaks I still wanted to make it easy. With the last 2 days of storms I knew the creek would be flowing well. That far up stream is it is still tidal and high tide is approximately 2 hrs after high at the port of Brisbane.
We dropped a vehicle and trailer at Murarrie then drove to Medowlands Road with the kayaks. Lisa bought along Carrie to do some PR for the council and I bought along Lindy, the Dogs, a Compass Duo, an Outback and a Passport 12Plus.
I was amazed at how little rubbish was in the water with all the run-off from the storms. We took it very easy as neither Lisa or Carrie had done any kayaking before and we did the 5,9km trip in just over 1.5hrs. The bird life is great and we saw numerous water dragons basking in the sun, you would never know you are in the city !
A GREAT way to spend a few hours !!