Kayaking & Stand up Paddleboarding in Sydney


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!). 

  • Kayaking, Washaway Beach, Sydney
  • ayaking in Sydney Harbour National Park

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.

Kayaking, Sydney Harbour.

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 those who prefer to kayak on their own, Lane Cove River, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and the creeks around Narrabeen Lagoon are all great options.

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 BeachAvalon Stand up PaddleSydney 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.

Swimming safety information

Swimming safety information

NSW has a wide range of wonderful swimming options including beaches, ocean pools, harbourside pools, lakes, rivers, and swimming holes at the bottom of waterfalls. However to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment, swimmers should follow this general advice:

Look for patrolled beaches (this is where lifesavers are on duty; you will see red and yellow flags that indicate this). You should always swim between the red and yellow flags as they mark the safest place to swim.

Never swim alone at night, or under the influence of alcohol, or directly after a meal.

Always check water depth before diving in, as rocks or trees could be submerged, and never run and dive into the water from the beach.

Check for signs regarding advice on water conditions at your chosen swimming spot and at any natural swimming hole. Always proceed with caution as surfaces could be slippery and water conditions may not be immediately apparent; particularly if the area has recently experienced heavy rain or flooding.

Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. 

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