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Kayaking in Sydney 2024

Give your body the ultimate workout while kayaking in the most picturesque areas of Sydney

Best time: April–September


The range of places to go kayaking in Sydney is outstanding! You can explore creeks and dense bushland, deep gorges, and sandy beaches. You can rent a kayak and paddle along the Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers or around Sydney's harbour islands. There is also an opportunity to enjoy the best glamping sites in NSW.

One of the best places for sea kayaking adventure is the Manly Kayak Centre. You can find single and double kayaks for rent in the area. If you’re inexperienced in this whole kayaking thing, why not try out a four-hour guided kayak tour? It even includes a picnic lunch on the beach.

Pittwater also has a kayaking adventure for you discover. Two- or three-hour tours at sunrise or later in the morning will get you acquainted with the area. Discover settler and aboriginal history before cooling down with a view and swim at Barrenjoey or Palm Beach.

Nepean River is for the keen kayaker with an appreciative eye for bushland. The Nepean stretches 100 kilometres, 25 of which are tide-free near Penrith and are made for cruising. You can rent kayaks at Horizon Line and celebrate this vast brown country in one of the largest catchments of New South Wales.

Rose Bay is flawless for the kayaker in search of an ambient backdrop. You can witness both the Harbour Bridge and Opera House while rowing. Both double or single seat kayaks are available for rent from Rose Bay Aquatic Hire.

Practical info

When is the best time to go kayaking in Sydney?

The ideal period to appreciate Sydney's scenic kayaking is from April to September. It's a cooler period, with mild weather allowing people to enjoy a less crowded kayaking experience. Also, thanks to the winds being less strong at this time, it provides the perfect conditions to enjoy a stress-free kayaking adventure. Show more

Where can I rent kayaks in Sydney for sea kayaking adventures?

Manly Kayak Centre and Rose Bay Aquatic Hire are popular rental locations in Sydney for kayaking enthusiasts. Rent single or double kayaks from Manly Kayak Centre with four-hour guided tours. Rose Bay Aquatic Hire is an alternative with a self-guided sea kayaking tour, taking kayakers under the Harbor Bridge and passing by the Sydney Opera House. Show more

What kind of guided kayak tours are available in Manly Kayak Centre?

Manly Kayak Centre provides a four-hour guided kayaking tour with an accompanying picnic lunch on the beach. Their experienced guides plan kayaking routes around Sydney's most fantastic kayaking spots, such as the Harbour Islands. For experienced kayakers, they also offer single and double-kayak rentals. Show more

When is the best time to go on a kayaking adventure in Pittwater?

The best time to explore Pittwater's kayaking treasures is at dawn or later in the morning. The waters during this period tend to be calm, providing a natural and serene kayaking adventure. This historic location has two to three-hour kayaking adventures, with an adventure that takes you to Palm or Barrenjoey Beach to cool off. Show more

Where can I rent kayaks to explore the Nepean River and appreciate the bushland?

You can rent kayaks at Horizon Line for a memorable kayaking adventure through the 25 kilometers of tide-free bushland along the Nepean River. Kayaks suited for everyone from novices to experienced kayakers make it an excellent rental. It's the catchment area for one of the most significant water systems in New South Wales, making it perfect for nature enthusiasts. Show more

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Authors: Olha Savych