Kayaking, Canoeing and Paddleboarding

From kayaking with dolphins in marine parks to canoeing in wetland sanctuaries teeming with birdlife, NSW offers many unforgettable paddling experiences. You can paddle in UNESCO World Heritage wilderness, along the mighty Murray River and in the spectacular Snowy Mountains.

A range of kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding tours is available. For whitewater adventure, navigate river rapids in World Heritage-listed national parks, including the Barrington Tops in the Hunter and the Oxley Wild Rivers, near Armidale in the New England high country.

Another magnificent wilderness for whitewater kayaking, canoeing and rafting is the Nymboi-Binderay National Park, near Coffs Harbour and Grafton. The Nymboida River is one of Australia’s best whitewater rivers and you can join day trips or multiday tours that include riverside camping.

Paddling Eco Adventures

In beautiful marine parks along the coast are dolphins, turtles and hundreds of colourful fish species. Whales migrate annually along the coast between May and November and can be spotted in marine parks, sometimes playing with their calves. Marine sanctuaries popular with kayaking tours include:

Inland, rivers meander past red gum forests. At the great confluence of the Murray and Darling in Wentworth, Moontongue Eco Adventures will take you to tranquil billabongs. South of Deniliquin, the Edward River winds through the Murray Valley National Park, home to Ramsar-listed wetlands.

Ramsar is an international treaty for wetlands of global importance, especially in the protection of waterbirds’ habitats. Another Ramsar-listed wetland in Country NSW you can explore on a kayaking tour is the Macquarie Marshes, near Coonamble, which is less than two hours’ drive north of Dubbo.

When the snow melts in the Snowy Mountains, pristine waters flow into streams and rivers. Kayaking and canoeing in the warmer months is popular in the Tumut, Goobarragandra and Snowy rivers. Alpine River Adventures offers guided tours, including two-day whitewater experiences.

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  1. Lake Mac Kayak & Bike Hire

    Lake Mac Kayak and Bike Hire is a totally mobile hire service operating seven days a week from sunrise to sunset all year round. They will come to where you want to paddle or bike ride from and can also be dropped to any accommodation facil…

  2. Southern Cross Kayaking

    Experience the wonders of Dunns Swamp (Ganguddy) in the Wollemi National Park from a stable kayak on the pristine waters of the Cudgegong River. Marvel at the awe of nature as you wind through striking rock formations, stunning sandstone go…

  3. Jerusalem Creek paddle route

    Launch a canoe or kayak from the pontoon and paddle the tranquil tea-tree lined waters of Jerusalem Creek. A popular place for paddling on the north coast, the route offers the perfect combination of convenience and seclusion. When you've f…

  4. Kayak Hire Deniliquin

    A canoe or kayak trip down the Edward River lets you enjoy the true beauty of this unique river system and the surrounding river red gum forests. You can immerse yourself in its natural beauty from the still backwaters to the mighty red gu…

  5. Esk River paddle route

    The sheltered inland waterways are a perfect way to explore the southern section of Bundjalung National Park. Paddling up Esk River, the longest unspoilt natural coastal river system on the north coast, you’ll feel like you’ve entered a wil…

  6. Windang Beach

    Windang Beach is located at the entrance to Lake Illawarra, 15 kilometres south of Wollongong's city centre. It offers spectacular views of the famous Five Islands off the Wollongong coastline. The beach is very popular with families an…

  7. Escape Kayak Tours

    Escape Kayak Tours is a kayak adventure business operating on the beautiful Minnamurra River. They are the Illawarra region's exclusive guided sea kayak tour operation. ​ Their aim is to introduce people to the pleasure of kayaking in a rel…