Kayaking & Stand up Paddleboarding in Sydney
Paddling on Sydney’s beautiful waters is a memorable experience, from the spectacular Sydney Harbour to the magnificent rivers to the deep blue sea. Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are two fun ways to admire the natural beauty. You can even battle rapids on an Olympic waterway.
An exciting range of kayaking and SUP adventures is available. Join a kayaking tour of one of the world’s finest natural harbours. You can also explore the sparkling Pittwater in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The meandering Hawkesbury River in the Hawkesbury is a wonder to discover too.
Other splendid natural waterways for paddling include:
- Kangaroo Creek, Audley in the Royal National Park
- The Hacking River estuary in Bundeena
- Lane Cove River in the Lane Cove National Park
- Narrabeen Lagoon in the Northern Beaches
- The Nepean River in Penrith, western Sydney
Whether you're a beginner or experienced, you'll find locations to suit your skill level. If you’re a novice, there are schools and boat hire centres that provide lessons and equipment to get you on the water in no time. Remember always to wear a life jack and follow the laws of the water.
Kayaks, canoes and SUPs are available for hire at various locations, including the Manly Kayak Centre in Manly, Paddlecraft in Pittwater, Bundeena Kayaks in Bundeena, and the Audley Boatshed in the Royal National Park. In Penrith, you can hire water craft from Horizon Line, near the Nepean River.
Stand-up paddleboarding is growing in popularity. If you're keen to give it a go in Sydney, there are several SUP schools, including Watsons Bay Stand Up Paddling in Watsons Bay and Let’s Go SUP in La Perouse. Or hop on a ferry in Cronulla and travel to Bundeena, where SUP lessons are available too.
For Olympic-scale kayaking, Penrith Whitewater Stadium is perfect for thrill-seekers. You’ll navigate rapids on the 2000 Sydney Olympics course as if you’re on a wild river – 14,000 litres of water a second rush over the moveable obstacle course. There are whitewater rafting experiences, too.