Kayaking with Kids in Raby Bay
Updated: Aug 21, 2019
Today I took my son out on the water kayaking. We went to Raby Bay (East Brisbane) where you can hire a stand up paddle board or kayak and we hired a double kayak so my son could sit in the front and paddle with me.
I'm such a water baby. I grew up living by the ocean, rivers and lakes and I hope my love of the water rubs off on my son too. My grandma used to live on the banks of the Hawkesbury River when I was 5. My mum and dad used to own a house boat and take us out on the river to explore the beaches and go fishing. We found some fantastic waterfalls and beaches right on the river and I will always remember having fun in the sun with my family. When my son gets a bit older, I'm going to take him down to the Hawkesbury River and hire a houseboat and relive old times. :-)
Then my mum moved to Hervey Bay and went halves in buying a fishing boat called the Fighting Whiting with my Uncle. I used to go out on the boat almost every weekend and we caught so much fish! My Oma and Opa also lived on the Burrum River in Howard, where my cousin and I used to jump in the dingy and go fishing and mud crabbing. Those where the days. 🦀
My teenage years were spent sun baking on the beach (probably not a good idea - I see that now) but they were some of the best years of my life. I used to go camping by lakes and rivers, where I spent a lot of my time fishing and swimming, and now that Roman is getting older, I plan to take him camping with me in the future. In fact - we're going at Easter time!
Kayaking at Raby Bay
Back to kayaking though - I bought myself a stand up paddle board a few years ago and I've been taking it out paddling at Currumbin and Tallebudgera Creek with my girlfriends, and now I take my son out on it too. I've even taken it all the way to 1770 (but that's another blog post in itself). Its an inflatable paddle board, so it fits in my car without needing roof racks. It even came with a removable seat so you can use it as a kayak as well. I bought it pretty cheaply off eBay and it's been one of my most treasured investments to date.
But today I let my girlfriend borrow the stand up paddle board and Roman and I hired a double kayak from the guys at Bay Island Stand Up Paddle. They have kayaks, SUP boards and even peddle boards for hire, that you stand up and peddle on. I haven't tried one of these yet, but they look like a great workout! They also have life jackets available for the kids (and adults if you need one.) We chose a double kayak so Roman could sit in the front and not fall off the paddle board when we headed out into deeper water. And off we went!
Southside Paddle Group
We went out with the Southside Paddle Group and spent a lovely morning toning up our arms 💪 while looking for dolphins which were spotted in the bay yesterday. We paddled all the way from Raby Bay Foreshore, half way to Wellington Point along the mangroves and back again. We usually head out over to the Cleveland Lighthouse, but there are two boat channels in that direction, so we decided to paddle in the opposite direction instead. It can be tricky timing the boats with beginner paddlers.
Unfortunately we didn't see any sea life today, however there have been times in the past, that we've been out and seen a dugong, dolphins and even a turtle! I did manage to get some exercise in and snap a few good photos along the way though, so I'm happy. (I'm always happy when I'm out on the water!)
Now we also have something for the photo album, that Roman can look back on when he grows up and see himself having fun out on the water with mum. I'm sure he'll remember going out on the water and having a great time together.
Raby Bay Foreshore Park
Raby Bay Foreshore Park is a great place to take kids even if you don't go out paddling on the water. There are multiple beaches there, including a dog beach where you can take your furry friends. Kids are safe paddling in the shallows here, and there's even a few trees which provide shade close to the water's edge as well. I created a little video for you so you can see how large the beach area is.
If you live in Brisbane and would like to join the Southside Paddle Group, just look us up on Facebook. We'd love to have you along at one of our events. We head out about once a month and have events that you can bring kids to, and also events for adults only, where you can chill out and have some time away from the kids.
We frequent Raby Bay often, as it's fairly close to home and the hire place is open every time we go. We've also been down to Currumbin, as there is also a hire place there too. If you have your own gear and want to head somewhere else other than Currumbin or Raby Bay, you can also organise an event within the group with others who also have their own gear too. I can't wait to see you out on the water soon!
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