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. Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay

    Paddle up close to dolphins, whales and turtles in the Cape Byron Marine Park with Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay. You can also kayak on the Brunswick River, one of the most beautiful rivers in New South Wales, a short distance north of delightful …

  2. Nowra Kayak Hire

    Nowra Kayak Hire is located in Bomaderry, just up from the train station. It is a quick detour from the Princes Highway or Shoalhaven Heads Road, on your way down the beautiful south coast of NSW. They have a range of watercraft including …

  3. Ezy Kayaks Hawks Nest

    Ezy Kayaks offer guided kayak tours, kayak hire and stand up paddle board hire on the Myall River in Hawks Nest, Tea Gardens and the Myall Lakes. This is the perfect activity for people who would like a guided tour on the Myall River at an…

  4. Coastlife Adventures

    Coastlife Adventures organises and facilitates exciting school camp programs and multi-day expeditions on Australia's Wilderness Coast between Tathra and Pambula. The company also operates a busy surf school offering learn to surf lessons t…

  5. Dunbogan Boatshed

    Dunbogan Boatshed is nestled on the banks of the Camden Haven River. Built in the 1940s, it still carries the charm of an old boatshed, with some new touches - coffee and treats, bait and tackle, fish feeding, kayak, stand-up paddle board, …

  6. Canoe Evans River Paddle Route

    If you want a water based adventure without getting your feet too wet, it could be hard to pass up the chance to paddle up the Evans River at the northern tip of Bundjalung National Park. Here, the river, ocean and rainforest meet in a fest…

  7. 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…