Australia’s Best Stand Up Paddle Board & Kayak Adventures
Being on the water in any capacity has to be the best possible way to spend a day. If you don’t have a boat, or just want to get your blood pumping, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking may be right up your alley.
We’ve just blogged some of the best spots to paddle board or kayak in Australia, and some of the coolest tours you can be a part of.
Stand up paddle boarding fun
Stand up paddle boarding has certainly made a comeback in the past 5 years. Hit any major beach or river spot, and you’re likely to find some kind of SUP hire.
If you’re a newbie to the sport, we recommend getting tips from someone who knows what they’re doing, and taking to the water on a calm day.
There’ll be plenty of time for more choppy adventures, and eventually, you may even get to surf waves on your board.
In the meantime, here are some of our favourite places to enjoy the sport:
- Ningaloo Reef WA – it’s so hard to go past the teeming reefs and perfect weather of Ningaloo Reef in Exmouth. Exmouth Surf Centre runs SUP lessons for beginners, and Discovery Lessons for people with more experience. They also hold private lessons with fully certified surf instructors, just in case you want to hone your skills even further.
- Jervis Bay, NSW – as the name suggests, Jervis Bay is completely protected, offering amazingly calm waters to paddle board on. Hire one for your own adventure, or join a tour for only $30. The bay offers a number of inlets to explore, and there is plenty of wildlife to admire (we’re talking dolphins, sting rays and pelicans). Check it out here.
- St Kilda, Vic – Melbournites can get a taste of SUP-life at St Kilda beach and on the Yarra River. Stand up Paddle HQ runs from both locations, and offers lessons and hire only options. They do recommend you come in the morning though, as winds are lighter then. See their prices and booking info here.
If kayaks are more your thing, there are plenty of amazing places to venture around Australia for beginners and seasoned pros.
If you don’t have your own kayak, we recommend Googling ‘Kayak Hire’ and the beach or river you want to explore. You’re more than likely to find a company that will help you out.
Right now, we’re listing our favourite kayak tours, as there are so many great ones that take you on fishing adventures, or explorations of secret spots around Australia.
Here are our top 3 favourite kayak tours in Australia:
- Margaret River, WA – Bushtucker River and Wine Tours put a real spin on the average kayak tour. For $95 ($40 for kids), you can explore the epic Margaret River, swim in rock pools, feed fish and enjoy an Aussie bush tucker lunch of emu, croc, roo and other native fare. All ages are welcome. Check it out here.
- Mission Beach, QLD – Coral Sea Kayaking is located in tropical North Queensland. They offer paddling trips, from half days at sea to 7-day wilderness adventures. You’ll get to explore the Great Barrier Reef marine park, and visit islands within the National Park region. Perfect for newbies and experienced kayakers.
- South Hobart, TAS – okay, it may be a little colder here, but the breathtaking scenery is going to make you forget a million times over. Roaring 40s wilderness expedition is a multi-day kayaking adventure, where you can paddle into untouched World Heritage areas. There are shorter tours too, and each is tailored to every level of experience.
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