Kayaking in Sydney
Sydney is surrounded by water, so it makes sense that there’s more than one way to enjoy it. If surfing and swimming aren’t your thing, you can still have a great day out without getting wet. Rent a kayak, grab a pair of oars and explore spectacular Sydney Harbour, the winding rivers and the magnificent ocean that edges this fair city.
A wonderful way to experience everything Sydney’s waterways have to offer is with a kayaking tour. Ozpaddle Sydney will take you right up to the Sydney Opera House and under the Sydney Harbour Bridge while Sydney Harbour Kayaks have a four hour Kayak Eco Tour that explores Middle Harbour alongside the Garigal National Park.
Just out of town
A little further afield, but just as beautiful is sparkling Pittwater in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, spend a day discovering this Northern Beaches basin. The meandering Hawkesbury River in the Hawkesbury is another waterside haven just two hours from Sydney and is made for kayaking.
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
For thrill seekers who know what they’re doing, the Olympic-scale kayaking at Penrith Whitewater Stadium is just the ticket. 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 rushing through the moveable obstacle course.
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 to always to wear a life jack and follow the laws of the water.
Kayaks and canoes 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.