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New South Wales Canoe & kayak tours

Our most recommended New South Wales Canoe & kayak tours

Byron Bay: Sea Kayak Tour with Dolphins and Turtles

1. Byron Bay: Sea Kayak Tour with Dolphins and Turtles

Set out on a 2.5 hour kayaking adventure in Byron Bay. Receive instruction and equipment from your guide before you take in some of the best sights the East Coast has to offer. See the most Easterly Point of the Australian mainland and the Byron Bay Lighthouse from the sea. Learn about local history, aboriginal history, the lighthouse and the marine wildlife from your local guide while you paddle in your kayak around the famous Byron Bay marine reserve. If the opportunity arises, get up close and personal with friendly bottlenose dolphins and discover how inquisitive they can be. You can also look out for sea turtles as they come up for a breath of air and marvel at the size of the majestic humpback whales as they migrate through Byron Bay during June - October. Enjoy paddling your kayak out through the surf and later ride some of Australia's most famous waves. If you don't see a dolphin, turtle or whale you can paddle again with the tour operator free of charge.

Byron Bay: Kayak with Dolphins Tour

2. Byron Bay: Kayak with Dolphins Tour

Take in some of the best sights the East Coast has to offer. Learn about local history and indigenous history, the lighthouse, dolphins, whales, and turtles. See the most Easterly Point of the Australian mainland on a guided tour in a two-person, sit-on-top-style sea kayak. Enjoy paddling your sea kayak through the surf and later ride some of Australia’s most famous waves in Byron Bay. Get up close and personal with friendly bottlenose dolphins and discover how inquisitive they can be. Spot sea turtles and marvel at the size of the majestic humpback whales as they migrate through beautiful Byron Bay. There is a 90% chance of seeing dolphins on this tour and if you don’t see them you can come again another time for free.

Sydney: Guided Clearview Kayak Tour of Manly Cove Beaches

3. Sydney: Guided Clearview Kayak Tour of Manly Cove Beaches

Paddle out of Manly in a Clearview kayak that lets you admire the stunning underwater environment of Manly Cove. After a short safety briefing and paddling demonstration, you'll head out with an experienced guide and explore the cove's four beautiful beaches. With a coffee or tea and snacks in hand, we will paddle to Little Manly, Collins, Store and Quarantine beaches, passing picturesque caves, striking rock formations and mini-waterfalls. You will stop on a secluded beach for a stroll, and there's plenty of time for a swim before we paddle back. You don't need any previous experience kayaking, as this is a gentle tour at a leisurely pace. Your experienced guides will make sure you have a well-fitted life jacket, and give you a safety briefing and paddling demonstration before we head out. You are welcome to bring a phone or small camera to capture the views, as we hand out dry bags before setting off. Note: the Clearview transparent kayaks offer a view right through to the seabed, but they take a little more effort to paddle and have a weight limit of ~90kg. You may choose a single or double sit on top kayak if you would prefer. The single kayaks are streamlined and fast, or choose a double kayak if you'd like to share the paddling in a sturdier ride. Children under 10 can join with an adult (or two) on double kayaks (which have a middle seat). Children 10-18 must be accompanied by an adult, but can paddle solo. In the case of unsuitable weather, we will postpone the tour the evening before.

Byron Bay: Brunswick River Scenic Kayak Tour

4. Byron Bay: Brunswick River Scenic Kayak Tour

Enjoy a relaxing kayak session on the Brunswick River, one of the most beautiful river systems in New South Wales. Make use of the tides and paddle along the clear, calm water. Embrace the tranquility of the area, breathe in the clean air, and listen out for the sounds of local sea birds and wildlife. Take in the views of stunning coastal scenery as you cruise past. Take a well-deserved break on the river bank for a swim and a snack before continuing the tour. Listen as your guide points out the unique features of the environment.

Manly: 4-Hour Double Kayak Hire for 2 People

5. Manly: 4-Hour Double Kayak Hire for 2 People

Explore the pristine waters of Manly Cove which are some of the most spectacular in North Harbour. Paddle past exclusive beaches and take in the stunning scenery. Try out kayaking which is a fantastic, fun, and relaxing activity even for beginners.  First, arrive at the kayak location in the heart of Manly, where you will be given an explanation of the area and fitted with a life jacket and paddle. Be shown the basics before you set off, the kayaks are stable and easy to steer. No prior kayak experience is needed.  Receive a map of the kayaking area of operation, and when you are ready, begin your kayaking adventure. Dry bags are supplied as well, so you can bring your own picnic, and enjoy lunch on one of the pristine beaches in the area.

Sydney: Kayak to Goat Island At The Heart of Sydney Harbour

6. Sydney: Kayak to Goat Island At The Heart of Sydney Harbour

Head out on a morning sea kayak adventure on Sydney's beautiful harbor. Paddle to the centre of the harbor to take photos by Sydney Harbor Bridge, before exploring Goat Island on foot with your expert guide. Escape the noise of the city, and simply enjoy the sound of your paddle in the water and the sea birds squawking above as you paddle in the harbor. Get up close and personal to both the built environs and natural wonders of the harbor, including its marine inhabitants. After reaching the center of the harbor, pose with Sydney Harbour Bridge for your guide to take high-quality shots of you. Then, land in a secret cove on Goat Island (Memel in the local Aboriginal language), and explore the area on foot. Make the most of this experience: Goat Island is closed to the public and landing is by special permit only, included in your tour. Paddle back via Darling Harbour, and take a hot shower, if you like. Take advantage of the end-point's proximity to the famous Sydney Fish Markets, and refuel with a great lunch.

Pittwater Discovery Half-Day Kayaking Tour

7. Pittwater Discovery Half-Day Kayaking Tour

It’s easy to forget that Sydney is only an hour away when you discover the sandy beaches, cliffs, and bushland of the western foreshore of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Enjoy a half day kayaking on Pittwater’s islands, bays, and coves. This kayaking and bushwalking tour is professionally guided, and is approximately four hours long, not including transport from the city. You will be introduced to pristine national parkland accessible only by water. All paddlers arrive at the Bayview Anchorage Marina at 9:00 AM for a 9:30 AM departure with a return time targeted between 1-1:30 PM, depending on wind conditions and your stamina and fitness. A double seat in the sea kayaks and all safety equipment is provided, as well as a water bottle and a morning tea of fruit and breakfast pastries. After a safety instruction detailing use of the equipment and paddling techniques, launch your kayaks and paddle approximately 1.5-2 hours around Scotland Island and into Lovett Bay, enjoying the scenery and learning more about the idyllic lifestyles of the off-shore residents. At high tide, enjoy paddling through the mangroves in Salvation Creek before pulling up at its sandy beach. After a leisurely 30-minute bush walk and a morning tea served picnic-style on a secluded beach, you will paddle approximately 60 minutes back to the marina location.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 84 reviews

Absolutely loved our kayaking trip, our guide Ruth was absolutely fantastic and went out of her way to make our morning special. Thank you so much for making our morning so enjoyable :)

Despite the rain we were able to see a good dozen dolphins very close to us. The view was magnificent and our guides of rare quality! Thanks

Very nice experience, very nice guide who has a lot of knowledge and also passes it on. Helpful and nice.. Also good for beginners..

Very nice guides and learned a few things about the dolphins! Saw loads of beautiful dolphins

Good knowledge from the instructors, great views and amazing energy