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. Jetty Beach

    Jetty Beach is a protected beach which is popular with both locals and tourists alike, especially families. Where the green meets the gold you will find the Jetty Foreshores Park. The park has showers, toilets, barbecues, popular picnic she…

  2. Lake Mac Kayak and 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…

  3. 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.…

  4. Khancoban Pondage

    Khancoban Pondage is a three kilometre long lake that forms part of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme and around its foreshores lays the town of Khancoban, a town built specifically to house the workers of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, which c…

  5. 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…

  6. 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 …

  7. Lake St Clair

    Lake St Clair is nestled among the undulating hills at the foot of Mount Royal Range, approximately 30 minutes north of Singleton. The lake provides a premium outdoor leisure facility. Swimming, sailing, water skiing, camping and fishing ar…

  8. Sea Kayak Jervis Bay

    Sea Kayak Jervis Bay (SKJB) is a fully accredited Outdoor Adventure Tour Operator with over 20 years of full time operation in the Jervis Bay region of the South Coast of NSW. The Jervis Bay Marine Park, 2.5 hours south of Sydney, offers w…