Sydney has plenty of secluded and safe locations perfect for water sports. Whether you want to go kayaking, canoeing or stand-up paddleboarding, water adventures await you in Sydney. If you're new to these sports, there are schools that'll show you the ropes (or at least the paddles!).
Paddle on Sydney's beautiful waterways
Sydney's waterways provide many great places to go for a paddle all year round. You'll discover picturesque rivers, tranquil inlets, beautiful beaches and Sydney Harbour - one of the most stunning natural harbours in the world. Choose from several paddling options - kayaking, canoeing or stand-up paddleboarding - and then decide on your route and start your adventure.
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced oarsman, you'll find a location to suit your skill level. Novices can also find schools and boat hire centres alongside waterways to provide lessons and equipment to get you off and rowing.
If you'd prefer to join an organised group, companies offer kayaking tours. See the best of Sydney Harbour or head down to Bundeena for a paddle through the Royal National Park, among the oldest national parks in the world.
For something a little different you may want to take part in Lifestart Kayak for Kids. It combines raising funds for Lifestart, a charity that helps children and young adults with disabilities, and participating in a number of challenging courses or races. Both novices and seasoned kayakers are encouraged to enter.
Stand-up paddleboarding is growing in popularity in Sydney too. If you're keen to give it a go, several locations offer instruction and board hire including Coogee Beach, Avalon Stand up Paddle, Sydney Scenic SUP in Mosman, Paddlecraft in Bayview and Eco Treasures at the Basin campground within Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Above all, have fun and stay safe. Follow the laws of the water, wear a life jacket at all times and stay hydrated.