With more than thirty-five thousand kilometres of coastline, countless islands and a plethora of lakes, rivers, gorges and ravines to explore, Australia is a kayakers dream. Exploring Australia’s diverse landscape by kayak offers paddlers an opportunity to gain a unique perspective of some of the country’s most stunning locations.
From pristine white-sand beaches to rugged coastline, rushing rivers, tranquil lakes and roaring surf, Australia has it all. The biggest problem most paddlers have is where to take their kayak first. Every location has something unique to offer beginners and seasoned pros alike. No matter where you choose to go on your next paddle-adventure, you can be sure that Australia will not only meet but surpass your expectations.
Let’s take a look at seven of the most iconic Aussie kayak destinations that you need to visit at least once.
King George Sound, WA
The King George Sound is situated in Albany on the Southern coast of Western Australia. The stretch of coastline between Frenchman Bay and Middleton Beach offers jaw-dropping views. Pack your snorkel to explore beneath the waves in the summertime to further add to your experience here.
Innes National Park, SA
Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park is located on the southwest tip of the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. The rugged coastline in this area is known for its world-class surf breaks. Experienced kayakers can enjoy epic rides when the conditions are right.
Gippsland Lakes, Vic
For paddlers seeking some true adventure, the Gippsland Lakes is a great choice Consisting of three adjoining lakes, King, Wellington and Victoria, there are seven lakes that feed the lakes, offering incredible opportunities for exploration. For the ultimate camping/kayaking adventure, be sure to add Gippsland Lakes to your itinerary.
Katherine River, NT
Katherine River is one of the most well-known destinations amongst the Australian kayaking community and with good reason. The scenery in this region is simply spectacular and from your kayak, you can gain a truly unique perspective of the surrounding landscape.
Rottnest Island, WA
Located off the coast of Perth, ‘Rotto’ offers paddlers a range of options. A circumnavigation of the island will require you to paddle thirty kilometres. With the many perfect white sand beaches that punctuate the coastline, however, you will have plenty of chances to relax and refuel on your way.
Hobart Waterfront, Tas
For the best views of the towering Mount Wellington, there’s no beating a paddle around the Hobart Waterfront. For those interested in fishing, there are some incredible locations around the harbour where you can cast your line and try your luck from the comfort of your kayak. With plenty of kayaks for hire, this is a great way to spend a day in the Tassie capital.
Lady Musgrave Island, Qld
Situated in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Lady Musgrave Island is the southernmost island in the reef island chain. The waters here are teeming with sea life with an abundance of colourful fish, turtles and other marine life to see. You can enjoy all the action from your kayak or pull on your snorkel for an up-close-and-personal underwater experience.
Load Up Your Kayak And Find Your Perfect Paddling Location
Regardless of your kayaking, skill, experience or expertise, there is an endless number of incredible paddling destinations in Australia waiting to be explored. While the locations listed above are certainly some of the best the country has to offer, there are many more less-visited destinations that are just as beautiful, if not more so. Pack up your kayak, load up the car and head out in search of your perfect paddling location. With a little planning and exploration, you can find the kayaking destination of your dreams to enjoy in completed peace and quiet with just you and your mates.
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