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Paddle Against Plastic

A Campaign that Delivers Results

Paddle Against Plastic - Ocean Crusaders Events

Since 2012


We work with local communities and groups to build an event for local needs


We can bring our fleet of kayaks and boats to you. QLD, NSW & VIC


Create unique, sharable moments to engage your community and teams.


Create a repeatable date on the calendar, an event that builds over time.



It all started back in 2012 when four paddlers took on a challenge to paddle from Airlie Beach to Mackay, a distance of 120kms.  The campaign was to raise awareness of the issues of plastic in our oceans.  On the journey we stopped at a deserted beach for a quick clean up, picking up lots of plastic, most of it already degrading due to the sunlight.  This was followed up with a paddle on Fraser Island and then Katherine Gorge in the Northern Territory.

Build an Event

Our favorite structure for an event is to make it a 3 day event.  We spend day 1 & 2 working with our core crew removing debris from locations that are difficult to access on paddle craft.  We use our boats and vacuum to remove tonnes of debris.  We then invite the public down on the weekend for the community part of the event, to remove easy to access debris and to see what has been removed from their waterway.

Support A Paddle

If you have a location you think needs a Paddle Against Plastic, let us know. We need funding to make these events happen, especially when we need to travel.

Support could be help with logistics, promotion, feeding volunteers, accommodation and travel for key team members and more… Talk to our partnership team to get involved. 

Delivering Results

  • Cabbage Tree Creek, QLD – 122 paddlers removing 1.41 tonne of debris
  • Moonee Ponds Creek – 107 paddlers removing 938kg of debris
  • Currimundi Lake Community Clean Up – 112 paddlers in 2018, 107 paddlers in 2017
  • Bulimba Creek – Multiple events at different locations including CUA Day annually
  • Geelong – Cleaning the Barwon River
  • Noosa – Off the Tewantin Ferry

Support the Cause

Even if you can’t get to a ‘Paddle for Plastic’ event, you can still help. Donate to Ocean Crusaders to help us clean up Australia’s waterways and oceans. Donations may be tax-deductible.