Love to kayak? It’s time to get ready for summer action on Sydney's stunning beaches and inland waterways. To inspire you to hit the water, we’ve put together a list of seven prime kayaking daytrips from Sydney.
1. Hawkesbury River
The Hawkesbury River offers deserted beaches, remnants of early British settlement, rich agricultural country, and cafés along the way to keep your energy up for the long paddle. You can leave from Richmond or Brooklyn, and do a day trip at your leisure.
Pittwater boasts areas that are only accessible by water, so chances are you'll find hidden beaches to eat your picnic lunch on. You'll kayak past pristine bays and coves, beautiful bushland and the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. On the way, keep an eye out for wallabies, sea eagles and dolphins.
3. Manly Wharf
Paddling around Manly is a unique way to see the area and a perfect opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Take a day to paddle from Little Manly Beach to Shore Island, have lunch and set off to explore the old Quarantine Station.
4. Narrabeen Lagoon
If you want a relaxing day out on the water or you've never tried kayaking before, Narrabeen Lagoon is a great spot to give it a go. Sydney's largest coastal lagoon is teeming with birdlife and beautiful opportunities for scenic photos. To make the most of it, grab yourself a barbecue table early and alternate between kayaking and eating for the day!
5. Nepean Gorge, Blue Mountains
A Nepean Gorge kayak is a treat for nature lovers, with opportunities to see wallabies, eagles, lizards, wombats, wild ducks, pelicans and kingfishers. You can visit the Narrows, which is the gateway to the world heritage area, and stop at the beach for lunch amid the birdsong.
6. Rose Bay
Rose Bay is a fantastic kayak daytrip for beginners and advanced paddlers alike. You can travel along the shore in calm, shallow and safe waters, visit secluded beaches and the historic Strickland House, or head over to Shark Island for grassy areas, picnic shelters and picturesque views.
7. Lane Cove River
Lane Cove National Park is close to the city, yet far enough away to feel like you're in the country when kayaking down the river. The views include sandstone formations, mangroves, native vegetation, and bird life. Just be sure to check when the competitive kayak teams are on the water - unless you want a run for your money!
These seven daytrips are just a sample of what’s on offer close to Sydney. Why not get your kayak accessories online and start planning a series of summer day trips?