Bundjalong Wilderness Paddle, 3 days

Gold Coast Midweek Paddling and Outdoors Meetup
Gold Coast Midweek Paddling and Outdoors Meetup
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What we'll do

3 days of unparalleled paddling.

We will kayak the largely unspoiled Evans River, Esk River and the beautiful Jerusalem Creek. Accommodation will be in cabins in Caravan Parks, with the option of day 2 being camping at the amazing Black Rocks.

4wd enthusiasts or beginners can try out Ten Mile Beach.

The Esk River runs through the centre of the Bundjalung Wilderness Area, a pristine section of the Bundjalung National Park that the NSW Government has declared as wilderness, thereby giving it special protection under the Wilderness Act 1987. By their definition “The term ‘wilderness’ is used to describe large, natural areas of land that, together with their native plant and animal communities, remain essentially unchanged by modern human activity.” The Colong Foundation for Wilderness says this is the “only coastal river, dune and beach system, between Nadgee on the Victorian border and Fraser Island in Queensland, to have substantially retained significant wilderness qualities over a large area.” There is no doubt it is an incredibly unique and special place.
Many places lay claim to the ‘wilderness’ title but on the NSW coast, only three have been officially recognised as worthy of that distinction. One of those places provides a wonderfully natural setting for this memorable paddle up the enticing Esk River.

A highlight of any day on the Evans River is the wildlife. The beautiful natural bushland of neighbouring Bundjalung and Broadwater National Parks provides habitat for birds and animals and a buffer zone for the river. Dolphins and sea turtles sometimes accompany you on your journey and kangaroos and koalas are known to look on from the banks, but it is the birdlife that is in most abundance; from seagulls and pelicans to regal raptors like sea eagles, ospreys, and kites.

The early part of the Jerusalem Creek trip is remarkable for the incredible shapes of the paperbark trees that overhang the creek and the way in which they are mirrored on its glassy surface. The water has been darkened by tannins from the trees making it ultra-reflective.
Soon the path widens and you get a better sense of the low lying native vegetation that thrives in this coastal environment. The paperbark trees share their home with banksias, grass trees, flannel flowers, cabbage tree palms, orchids, and the endemic swamp mint-bush.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: We are not a formal organisation or association and take no responsibility for any mishaps that may occur as a result of our event (http://www.meetup.com/Kayaking-Group-Gold-Coast/events/218605399/). Please refer to our conditions of Membership for full details.

Any changes e.g. cancelling will be posted 24 hours prior to the advertised start (http://www.meetup.com/Kayaking-Group-Gold-Coast/events/218605399/).

As is the case with all in the series of fundraising events for the Asthma Foundation, a small donation would be appreciated.