Canoe and kayak
Six new canoe and kayak launch points are now open for use in the Gympie region, part of the first and second rounds of implementation works for the Canoe and Kayak Strategy.
These include three points along the Mary River, close to the Gympie Town Centre, as well as another three in the Mary Valley.
The new launch points enhance the recreational opportunities on our waterways and reinforce the Gympie region as an outdoor recreation hub. The Canoe and Kayak Launch Points are part of a 10-year program of works to enhance activation of, and improve accessibility to the region's waterways for recreational use.
Gympie – Mary River Launch Points
Launch points in Gympie can be accessed via Attie Sullivan Park (adjacent to the Normanby Bridge on Mary Valley Road) and the Gympie Weir, (near Kidd Bridge on River Terrace). This has created a great 2.2km one-way downstream beginners paddle that has something for everyone and is located on the Mary River (River to Rail Trail) right in the heart of Gympie.
Situated between these two points is the ‘The Sands’ recreational picnic area. The Sands, which can be accessed via Kidgell Street, off the Bruce Highway when travelling north (to the left just before the Aldi supermarket) provides the community with a safe area to swim in shallow waters, have a picnic and relax. The Sands is part of the Gympie Regional Council's River to Rail Trail, which is now also open and allows users to walk or ride a mountain bike along a 1.8km section of the Mary River.
Recreational paddlers can easily access the water at the Sands via a rocky beach and head off in either direction from here, or enjoy a pleasant 2km paddle downstream to the purpose-built canoe and kayak launch point at the Gympie Weir, near Kidd Bridge. Designated off-street parking areas are available at either end.
Mary River launch point maps:
Mary Valley Launch Points
The Mary Valley launch points are situated in the welcoming townships of Imbil and Kandanga, with two on Yabba Creek, Imbil and one on Kandanga Creek, Kandanga. These launch points allow our community and visitors ease of access in and out of the water, as well as providing convenient off-street parking.
The new Imbil launch points can be accessed at Bert Smith Memorial Park (on Lambert Hyne Drive) and upstream on Yabba Creek Road (400m west of Mathias St). This creates an opportunity for a picturesque 2km paddle one-way or a great out and back paddle from either location.
Another stand-alone launch point has also been delivered at the Kandanga Weir (adjacent to the old Valley Rattler car park on Kandanga Creek Rd), providing a picturesque 2km out and back paddle.
Mary Valley launch point maps: