Australia is a country of coastline, which is why no matter how many times you've circled it by foot, car or even plane, nothing will ever really compare to exploring it in the water. And one of the best ways to do so? By kayak. Kayaking gets you up close to some of Australia's most beautiful waterways and all the wildlife, sun and sights that go with them. So if you're ready to see Australia in a whole new, fantastic way, then grab your kayak and kayak accessories and head on over to one of these top kayaking destinations down under:
- Sydney Harbour, NSW
Sydney Harbour tops our list of kayaking spots in Australia as it offers a unique perspective on everything Sydney. Start the trip at Rose Bay and head on over to the Sydney Opera House, gliding right under Harbour Bridge. There are plenty of other ways you can go from the bay, including well-kept beaches teeming with wildlife. Depending on where you decide to explore, the trip should be approximately 15 to 35 km long, with several other water craft meeting you along the way.
- Noosa River, Qld
If you're looking for glass-smooth waters then head on over to Noosa River, starting at the shallow Lake Cootharaba. Here you'll find peaceful, mirror-like waters surrounded by lilies and trees that hang right above the water. Recent restrictions on vehicles have increased the population of migratory shorebird, so you can expect to see at least a few along the way. The trip is approximately 20 km long with several campsites reaching as far as near the headwaters.
- Moreton Bay, Qld
For a real kayaking treat, sink your paddle into Moreton Bay. Just a few kilometres offshore of this wondrous kayaker's haven you can skim across sand and mud flats and watch a plethora of animals go by, from various birds and colourful fish; to turtles, dugongs and even dolphins.
- Rottnest Island, WA
Rottnest Island is a little island paradise located just off the coast of Perth and is a must-visit when on day trips from Perth. If you're skilled enough you can paddle your way to the island (around 17 to 19 km) or just take the ferry which operates daily. Once there you can choose to circumnavigate the island (around 30 km) but if you're looking to soak in the beautiful white sand and turquoise waters in a more relaxing way, you can always linger in one of the island's idyllic bays and maybe bump into a quokka or two.
- Port River, SA
If you want a kayaking adventure that's close to Adelaide's CBD, Port River is the perfect choice. Port River is a part of Adelaide's Dolphin Sanctuary, which is home to around 40 bottlenose dolphins. The river also features several graveyard sites and shipwrecks from the 19th and 20th century. Dolphins, mangroves, shipwrecks—this is one kayaking adventure you'll definitely want to try!
For kayakers, there's so much to enjoy and explore in Tasmania. You can choose to glide through the Hobart Waterfront and reenact the crossing of the finish line in the annual Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, or head on over to Freycinet National Park for a breathtaking view of the sunset over the ocean. Or you could wander into South West Tasmania, and have an expedition trip through hardly-touched beaches around Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey. Around here, kayaking explorations just seem endless and always exciting.
Australia is a big place, and there's so much more of it to explore from your kayak. If you haven't tried seeing it from the water, now is a perfect time to start. Get your own kayak from Waves Overseas' wide array of kayaks for sale, and start exploring! And for all of your other water exploration needs, don't hesitate to contact us on (02) 8294 1810.