7 Kayak Escapes Across Australia

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 13:34


Kayaking is a fantastic sport that can be done by all ages, individually or in groups, and in all seasons. In Australia, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to finding scenic and idyllic destinations to paddle around. If you’re planning to purchase a kayak in the coming months, you won’t have trouble finding top spots across the country to work the muscles while clearing the mind. Read on for seven of the best kayak escapes in Australia.

Moreton Bay Islands, Queensland
If you’re looking for a more temperate climate in the winter months, head to Queensland. While there are a huge number of great areas perfect for paddling, one of the best would have to be the Moreton Bay Islands. Whether you want to go for a five-kilometre paddle or a more extensive 25-kilometre journey, you can enjoy spotting wildlife such as dolphins, whales, dugongs and dozens of birds. There are also ship wrecks to explore along the way.

Rottnest Island, Western Australia
In Western Australia, one of the most idyllic places to paddle (and the perfect spot for nature and animal lovers) would have to be Rottnest Island, off the coast of Perth. Take the ferry over from the city and then paddle around the island’s clear Indian Ocean waters – it’s around 30 kilometres to circumnavigate. Alternatively, choose to kayak your way from the mainland, a distance of approximately 17 kilometres.

Hobart Waterfront, Tasmania
Down in the south of the country, Hobart's waterfront provides the perfect place to explore the Tasmanian city by water. With short trips of five to ten kilometres on offer, this is a top spot to paddle when you don’t have a lot of time but want to get a taste of the best the destination has to show. Admire the many historic buildings lining the waterfront and, if you’re a fan of the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, you can pretend you’re crossing the finish line, although admittedly with less spectators cheering you on!

Lake Burley Griffin, Australian Capital Territory
The nation’s capital, Canberra, is most famous for being the hub of politics in Australia, but the land-locked destination is also home to a beautiful spot to kayak. While in the city, head to the famous Lake Burley Griffin, a flat body of water that is 11 kilometres long and around 1.2 kilometres at its widest point.

Sydney Harbour, New South Wales
One of the most iconic places to kayak in Australia is Sydney’s famous harbour. While you do have to share the busy spot with various water craft (including the yachts and power boats of the rich), you will also be afforded stunning views of the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Day trips cover between 15 and 35 kilometres, depending on your choice of destinations.

Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
In South Australia, a popular area to go kayaking is around the Innes National Park on the Yorke Peninsula. The Park is home to the largest tract of native vegetation in the area, while the Peninsula is famous for its surf breaks (Chinaman’s in particular) as well as the pretty yet rugged coastline. The isolated coast provides an ideal spot to take some photographs if you’re inclined too.

Point Nepean National Park, Victoria
For a day out paddling in Victoria, the eastern point of Port Phillip Bay, Point Nepean National Park, is recommended. Depending on your skill level and physicality, you can choose to kayak around the choppy Bass Strait, or stick to the sheltered waters of Port Phillip instead. Trips can vary from five to 40 kilometres for a day’s trip.

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