Dan Owbridge

Dan Owbridge

Paddling on Somerset region dams


IF Brisbane is known as the River City, then Somerset Region must have to be Queensland’s Lakes District, though a little different to the one in Cumbria, northwest England. Wivenhoe and Somerset dams are Queensland’s third and fourth-largest dams respectively, and the lakes they form are fantastic boating, fishing and of course paddling destinations. At only one to 1.5 hours’ drive from …

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Solar-powered canoeing

solar powered canoe

HOW often in life can you say you get something for nothing? There aren’t many places you can go or many things you can do that won’t cost you something. In fact, I used to think the only way I could move my canoe from A to B without any cost except the sweat off my brow was with a paddle. Turns …

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Fishing from canoes

fishing from canoes

WITHOUT doubt, kayak fishing is one of Australia’s rapid growth activities. More and more amateur anglers are hitting the water in an array of craft, from cheap plastic sit-on kayaks to top-end composite offshore fishing kayaks, fishing in waters from narrow freshwater creeks to open lakes and oceans. It’s no surprise really; paddle craft offer anglers a low-cost and hassle-free …

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O’Sheas to Logans by canoe

O'Sheas to logans canoe

AN annual event run by a group I’m a member of within the Scout Association is a trip down Wivenhoe Dam from O’Sheas Crossing to Logans Inlet. The length of the paddle (40km) is definitely a challenge but is achievable for anyone with reasonable paddle skills and levels of fitness. It was certainly one that my partner and I were …

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Canoe sailing on Somerset’s dams

canoe sailing

IT’S no secret to anyone who has known me for more than 30 seconds that I’m a huge fan of canoes. The primary reason for this is their incredible versatility – one simple craft can perform so many tasks. One of my personal favourites, aside from paddling of course, is canoe sailing. Canoes have a relatively stable and efficient hull …

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Canoe camping around southeast Queensland

canoe camping

The only limit is your imagination! In addition, canoes themselves are quite inexpensive when compared to other expedition watercraft. An average canoe suitable for camping will cost between $1500 and $2000, compared to an equivalent kayak that will often range from $2000 upwards. Note here I said suitable for camping. A 10’ sit-on-top kayak is not really going to cut …

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Paddling the picturesque Mary River

paddling mary river

And that’s why the Mary River is one of my favourite paddling destinations. What the Mary offers better than most other locations in Queensland is a trail. A trail offers a challenge and some excitement on a paddling journey. It gives a traveller a sense of purpose, a one-way journey through new country with new things to experience around each bend …

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The great debate – fibreglass v plastic canoes and kayaks

fibreglass v plastic canoes and kayaks

It produces a consistent product and suits complex shapes and the addition of accessory fitments such as nut inserts. The key to the success of rotomoulded PE is its flexibility. This property allows it to give slightly when under impact and prevents it from cracking or chipping as stiffer materials tend to do. The downside of this is reduced stiffness in the …

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Five great spots for new paddlers

new paddlers wivenhoe dam

bundant wildlife along the stretch of water between Twin Bridges and Lowood Bend make the trip interesting. The return trip is about 8km, and last month’s article on Canoe Go Paddling featured an easy 6km return trip suitable for families. Lake Kurwongbah On Brisbane’s north, Lake Kurwongbah is one of two water supply dams in the area. With new changes …

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Paddling the upper Brisbane River

Indeed, in our very diverse group we had canoes being paddled by a single adult, by an adult and child and even by two adults with three children on board and occasionally a boat-hopping dog. The ease of paddling, combined with excellent load-carrying ability meant the canoes could cater for nearly any combination of paddlers and passengers and still give …

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