Stand-up paddle boarding
In the last few years stand-up paddle boarding has grown from a fringe activity to a bonafide watersport. Otherwise known as SUP, it’s a wonderfully zen way to enjoy the water. You’ve got to concentrate or you’ll fall off, so mindfulness is a big part of it plus it’s fun and also a great workout for your core.
SUP in the city
If you're keen to give it a go in Sydney, there are several SUP schools situated along spectacular Sydney Harbour that will teach you the basics, including Watsons Bay Stand Up Paddling, Let’s Go SUP in La Perouse and the Ladies Stand Up Paddle Tour in Bundeena.
It’s not hard to get the hang of it and once you do, you can explore on your own. Stand-up paddle boards are available for hire at various locations, including Rose Bay Aquatic Hire, the Manly Kayak Centre, Paddlecraft in Pittwater, Bundeena Kayaks, the Audley Boatshed in the Royal National Park and Horizon Line, near the Nepean River.
Just out of town
A little further afield, but just as beautiful as Sydney Harbour 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.
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