PLACES IN AUSTRALIA BEST EXPLORED BY KAYAK
Living in Australia, means we have an abundance of waterways, estuaries and coastal nooks to be explored. Whether you prefer crashing through breaking waves or gently floating down rivers, there is something for everyone. Here are some of my favourite spots for kayaking in our expansive and beautiful isle.
ROTTNEST ISLAND, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The Indian Ocean provides a spectacular turquoise backdrop to this 30-km route around the island. The route will have you bob past idyllic, white-sand bays, seals at West End and you may even spot a dolphin or whale. The island can be reached by ferry, but if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can paddle the 17-km stretch from the mainland yourself.
SYDNEY HARBOUR, NEW SOUTH WALES
If you can handle the bustle and traffic of Sydney’s waterways, the paddle from Rose Bridge to North Head and back, past the Opera House and Harbour Bridge is one of the best kayak trips in the world. You can make the trip as long or as short at you want, depending on your route. But it will likely be between 15 and 35 km. A must-do for any Aussie kayaker.
POINT NEPEAN NATIONAL PARK, VICTORIA
Port Phillip Bay offers some great kayaking with relatively sheltered and calm conditions. You can paddle to nearby Sorrento or, only if you are an experienced sea-kayaker, you can head into the Bass Strait. Be careful though, the tides and unpredictable winds make this one of the most dangerous waterways in Australia. For the relaxed day kayaker, stay in the safer waters of Port Phillip Bay.
MORETON BAY ISLANDS, QUEENSLAND
The waters of Moreton Bay are some of the most abundant in marine life in all of Australia. Bring your camera and observe diving birds, dolphins, whales, seals, turtles and, if you are lucky, the elusive dugongs. There are shipwrecks and mudflats to explore, giving Moreton Bay the feeling of being off the beaten track, within easy reach of Brisbane.
Break with convention and explore Hobart’s historic waterfront by kayak. You can hire kayaks from the waterfront, so you don’t have to lug your kayak all the way from the mainland. Spend the morning checking out the boats in Sullivan’s Cove before stopping for a fish lunch at one of the fish punts.
INNES NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
For harsh, unspoilt coastlines and plenty of wildlife, head to Innes National Park. This is better for experienced kayakers, as the surf can be quite unforgiving, particularly around Chinamans break – an exposed reef break hugely popular with experienced surfers. The whole 40-km route from Stenhouse Bay may be a little hair-raising but the rewards are mammoth.
LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN, AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Don’t join the Nike and Adidas queue walking and running around Lake Burley Griffin, take to the water for something a little unique. A great spot for beginners, the 11km long lake is a great place to learn the basics, away from crashing waves and strong winds.
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