Whether you're a kayaking enthusiast or launching out for the first time, NSW is a fantastic place to steer a course through amazing coastal and inland waterways. Canoe down calm, idyllic streams, kayak across lively river rapids, or try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding upon a peaceful lagoon.
Kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding are three unbeatable ways to explore the inland and coastal waterways of NSW. Whether you’re keen to navigate a creek, glide down a river or explore an estuary or coastline, the NSW North Coast, Central Coast and South Coast all have canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard hire available.
Kayak with dolphins on the North Coast at Nelson Bay or in Bongil Bongil National Park, north of Coffs Harbour. Or glide through the natural surrounds of the Bellingen River. Explore secret creeks as you paddle through Ballina's mangrove forests. Byron Bay also has great kayak tours, often within close proximity to dolphins and sea turtles.
Stand-up paddleboarding is a popular way to explore the NSW South Coast's inlets and estuaries. Stand over the calm blue waters of Jervis Bay, or paddleboard alongside dolphins in the coves and inlets of nearby Shoalhaven. You can also canoe through the beautiful Kangaroo Valley or kayak through the wilderness of Ben Boyd National Park on the Sapphire Coast, further south.
Head further inland to Country NSW, enjoy other unique water experiences in the historic and winding waterways of the state's heart. Paddle the Colo River, which flows to the Hawkesbury River near Windsor, west of Sydney. Or canoe between the tranquil gum trees that line the Edward River in Deniliquin.
During the warmer months, head to the stunning alpine streams of Kosciuzsko National Park and take to the fresh, coursing waterways in your kayak or canoe.