The great thing about having a kayak is you can go to great places that bigger boats can’t. And if you’re a kayaker in Australia, then you are blessed with a lot of amazing destinations to choose from. You name it, from pristine beaches, serene lakes, to rambling rivers and bubbling surf; Australia has it. So pick up your paddle, charge your GoPro and choose any of the destinations we recommend. You’ll surely end up with a smile afterwards.


This island located in Western Australia off the coast of Perth is a kayaker’s paradise. Rottnest Island boasts of white sandy beaches and a 30-kilometre circumnavigation distance. You can paddle around the island and take a breather in one of the many relaxing bays the island offers. For experienced kayakers, they can paddle 19 kilometres from Perth, but the easiest way to get there is to take the ferry from Barrack Street Jetty, Fremantle and Hillary’s Boat Harbour.


Innes National Park is well known for its rugged coasts and great surf breaks. If you’re a kayaker looking for a challenge, then this is the right destination for you. The Chinaman’s surf break will provide a challenge for an experienced kayaker. But if the swells line up though, we recommend you skip it and take a tour of the park instead.


One of the most popular kayaking destinations, Katherine River has a lot of scenic landscapes your eyes can feast on. If you’re also into landscape photography, then this is the right spot for you. It can get a bit crowded at times, but if you go further down the river, you can enjoy the peace and quiet only nature can provide. Be advised, though, that kayaking in Katherine River is a bit challenging because it can get a bit hot. So, make sure to stay hydrated the whole time.


If you’re into camping and kayaking, Gippsland Lakes is the go-to destination. Gippsland Lakes consists of three interconnected lakes: King, Victoria and Wellington. Seven rivers feed these lakes and they boast of sand dunes, lagoons and marshes you can explore. This is a great destination for people who are just starting to learn kayaking as there are hardly any waves to encounter. It also has beautiful campsites you and your friends/family can enjoy.


Located in Albany, Western Australia, King George Sound is an ideal place to kayak and snorkel. You can start at Middleton Beach and head on over to Frenchman Bay. Snorkelling in the warmer months will allow you to explore the underwater wonders this destination has to offer.


Hobart Waterfront in Tasmania is home to the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. If you want to see the stunning view of Mount Wellington, then this is where you need to go. There are lots of kayaks for rent, so you don’t need to bring your own. You can also find awesome fishing spots if you love kayak fishing.


If you want to see colourful fish and crystal clear waters, then Lady Musgrave is a must. Since it is located on the Great Barrier Reef, you’ll see a lot of beautiful coral formations as you paddle along. Make sure to bring your snorkel with you when you do go to make the most out of your kayaking trip. The underwater wonders you’ll see will leave you breathless.

Kayaking is a lot of fun, especially if you know where to go. Australia is blessed with several kayaking destinations, so you don’t need to go far. List down these destinations and plan your trips accordingly. Enjoy going out on the water and make new adventures you’ll never forget.


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Jake Taylor

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.