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Moving to Cairns - Paddling advice?
Jan 16th, 2015 at 2:12am
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Hey all, been a while since I've visited the forums here but I'll be moving to Cairns in the next fortnight or so, and was wondering if I could sneak a bit of advice from this page's vast collective knowledge on paddling around the area?

While I'll be up there mostly working, was pretty keen to get some boating in given all I've heard about FNQ, so any intel on local paddle groups/rivers/people/anything I should check out would be much appreciated.

At present I only have my playboat (which I'm aching to use on this but am very keen to acquire a 2nd hand creeker for other steeper missions.

Anyway, keen as mustard! Thanks in advance guys
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Re: Moving to Cairns - Paddling advice?
Reply #1 - Jan 16th, 2015 at 11:08am
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Hi Rolo,

Lucky bugger!  You are moving to an area that is not only the best paddling destination in the country, but also one that offers arguably the most comfortable climatic conditions for white water boating.

You should contact the good people at Cairns Kayak and Canoe Club for local information and contacts.  The following link to the River Guide page of their website will give you an idea of some of the paddle trips that are available up there:

If you happen to be up on the Tableland you can also try to hook up with the members of Tinaroo Canoe Club – contact Peter (the President) for more information (

Pro-tip:  Don’t confuse the locals with cold-clime terminology like “CAG” or “dry-suit” – many won’t have the faintest idea what you’re talking about. Wink

You will love it there – have fun!

Cheers for now
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Re: Moving to Cairns - Paddling advice?
Reply #2 - Jan 30th, 2015 at 11:17am
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Hey mate, FNQ is fairly awesome once the wet hits. Jump on board the 'piss poor paddlers' facebook group, there are some good locals who are on that fairly regularly.
As far as rivers go, there are heaps. You would absolutely love myola wave if you get lucky enough to get on that. Otherwise there's a few other sweet waves on the barron at different levels.
A sweet little class 4 run you can do in any boat is crystal cascades. It's really close to town, about 1.5km long, with a concrete path next to it to walk up and lap the run. Can be ran at lots of levels.
Behana is an amazing river, that again you would be fine with a playboat on. This just gets bigger and more full on the higher you go. The standard run from 'lowie's face rapid' is awesome though.
Then there's heaps of others- josephine, mossman, tinaroo.... I've only paddled up there a few weeks in total, but there's heaps mate.
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Re: Moving to Cairns - Paddling advice?
Reply #3 - Feb 12th, 2015 at 11:11pm
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In case you don't live on the BOM site like most paddlers,
Tully north to Cooktown, including Cairns, should be very wet in the next 10 days, and with lots of paddling on the downside of the floods.

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