Probably the most appealing thing about kayaking is that it allows you to slow down and check out the scenery you otherwise wouldn’t have done. People often pass by roads and other scenery without a second thought as they ride their vehicles along. But when you take the time to slow down on your bike or kayak, you get to see more of the world’s beauty and give it the appreciation it deserves.
Kayaking in Australia
Sitting on a kayak, and paddling along the calm waters will give you some time to look into yourself and become one with nature. And if you’re in Australia, you’re in luck because the country is home to some of the best kayaking spots in the world. And so, without further ado, here are some of the must-visit destinations for the kayaking enthusiasts in Australia:
Sydney Harbour [New South Wales]
Often, you see Sydney from a pedestrian’s perspective. So, exploring Sydney from the waters makes it feel like a whole new place to discover. Paddle around the Harbour starting at Rose Bay, and make your way to the Opera House.
After that, paddle underneath the bridge and head to North Head before making your way back to Rose Bay. Fair warning as you will be sharing the waters with various other watercraft, so take the necessary precautions to stay safe while you are there.
Rottnest Island [Western Australia]
Turquoise waters and white sand, these are some of the things you can come to expect when you visit Rottnest Island. Located just off the coastline of Perth, some kayakers would instead save their money and get the warm-up they need by paddling to the island. But if you want to save your energy for later, you can also ride the ferry.
The island is beautiful, and the clear waters will give you a glimpse into the underwater life below. The waters are also relatively calm, making this the perfect place for rookie paddlers to enjoy.
Moreton Bay Islands [Queensland]
Nothing says escape like paddling away from your worries and the big city. Moreton Bay’s coastline offers that comfort as kayakers push through sand and mud flats all while becoming one with the bird and sea life that they can see as they go along. And if you’re lucky, you might even see a dugong.
Point Nepean National Park [Victoria]
When you choose to go kayaking along Point Nepean National Park, you can go one of two ways: stay within Port Phillip and its sheltered waters, or decide to go out and explore the Bass Strait.
Before you choose, it is essential to consider your skills and how experienced you are in paddling. Bass Strait’s waters are more open compared to Port Phillip, and the tides and waves must always be put into consideration.
Innes National Park [South Australia]
Innes National Park is best known for Yorke Peninsula’s largest native vegetation tract and rugged coastline. The swells and the waters can get pretty dangerous, so it isn’t the best place for rookies to practice their paddling skills. Instead, it is best reserved for veterans and other experienced paddlers who are looking for a challenge and bragging rights.
But even the most experienced kayaker must prepare for anything that may happen in the water and should know how to handle the waters should anything happen.
Once you get the hang of kayaking, you begin to enjoy it more, and you will start to look for better waters to explore. So, start small and eventually work your way up to be able to handle the waters of the Bass Strait and Chinaman’s surf break.
So, what are you waiting for? Get a vehicle for hire, strap your kayak and head on down to the nearest body of water to practice your paddling today.