headspace Wellness Paddle

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Settlement Point Reserve

Settlement Point Road

Port Macquarie, NSW 2444


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The headspace Wellness Paddle is a free and non- timed community paddle raising awareness for Mental Health Month on Sunday 8th October.

The paddle is open to all non- powered water craft such as stand up paddle boards, surf skis, body boards, nipper boards, kayaks and canoes.

The Wellness Paddle commences at Settlement Point Reserve on the Hastings River at 10am and will go south through Pelican Bay before returning to Settlement Point Reserve (total 5.6km.)

Pre event check in from 9:15am on the day.

Bring the family, wear green for headspace, and enjoy a BBQ lunch for a gold coin donation.

For more information please contact Community Engagement Officer, Amy Scholes, on 02 6588 7300 or visit

Proudly supported by Hastings Coffee Co.


Is there a minimum age requirement to enter the event?

You must be over the age of 12 years to participate in the paddle.

People under the age of 16 will need a parent/carer to sign their waiver on the day.

Do I need a parent/carer to paddle with me?

You are welcome to paddle without a parent/carer if you are a confident swimmer.

What should I bring to the event?

Your non-powered water craft, water, sunscreen, ticket and your support crew. You are welcome to bring camp chairs or a picnic rug for your spectators or lunchtime.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes. You must bring your ticket to pre event check in and sign your waiver on the day. No waiver, no paddle! If you are under 16 bring your parent/carer to sign your waiver.

Do I need to wear a life jacket?

headspace encourages all participants to wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) but it is only mandatory for single kayak users and double kayak users under the age of 18 to wear one (in accordance with the law.) You will NOT be permitted to join the Wellness Paddle if you are using these water crafts without a PFD.

What if I don’t have my own water craft?

headspace have a limited amount of Stand Up Paddle Boards available for use on the day. You can call us on 6588 7300 to book one but you must be quick! If you miss out you can hire a non-powered craft locally. Port Macquarie SUP fun and hire have kindly offered half price SUP hire for $10p/hr if participating in the Wellness Paddle. Call Tony on 0408 288 086 to book a board.

What if I can’t finish the paddle?

There will be plenty of on water support to assist you if you cannot finish the paddle.

Will food and drinks be available?

A BBQ and drinks will be available for a gold coin donation

If the event gets cancelled how will I know?

Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website to keep updated in the event of bad weather

Where should I park?

Parking is available at Settlement Point Reserve and along Settlement Point Road but we encourage you to car pool where possible.

Can I bring my trailer?

Car parking is limited and there will be no designated trailer parking

This is a drug and alcohol free event!

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Settlement Point Reserve

Settlement Point Road

Port Macquarie, NSW 2444


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