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. The Manning River

    The Manning River is a double delta river system with two openings. The main mouth of the river is at Harrington with the second opening located at Old Bar. It is one of Australia's few large river systems not to be dammed for water suppl…

  2. Hyams Beach

    Hyams Beach is one of the most popular of the myriad bays and beaches inside the Jervis Bay area. Facing east and looking directly at Point Perpendicular, Hyams rarely receives any swell other than a gentle shore break in a north-easter, m…

  3. Total Eco Adventures

    Choose your own Eco Adventure in the Eurobodalla Shire! Total Eco Adventures aims to create environmental awareness through quality outdoor experiences within a natural setting. Showcasing the NSW South Coast's pristine natural areas throug…

  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. Lord Howe Island Marine Park

    Lord Howe Island Marine Park is internationally significant, with the world's southernmost coral reef and the only fringing coral reef lagoon in NSW. The convergence of warm and cool waters results in a unique mix of temperate and tropical …

  6. Sea Kayak Jervis Bay

    Sea Kayak Jervis Bay have been servicing the Adventure Tourism Market in the Shoalhaven Region for over 25 years. Fully Accredited Instructors and Guides operate year round in the Jervis Bay Marine Park running their tours and courses or yo…

  7. Ocean Planet Kayak Tours

    Ocean Planet Kayak Tours offer an extensive range of trips on the waterways of the Central Coast, Sydney Harbour and from the spectacular 3,000 acre property at Glenworth Valley, which flows into the magnificent Hawkesbury River. Ocean …

  8. Nelligen Kayak Hire

    Nelligen Kayak Hire offers single or double sit-on top kayaks or "WenoNah" Canoes to explore the beauty of the Clyde River on the NSW South Coast near Batemans Bay. From one hour to all day. No experience required. All safety gear provided.…

  9. Yamba Kayak

    Yamba Kayak operates out of Yamba on the north coast of NSW and specializes in kayak tours and kayak hire on the Clarence river. Their tours combine a perfect blend of relaxation, activity and sight seeing. Using double or single sea kay…