Kayaking, Canoeing and Paddleboarding

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

In beautiful marine parks along the coast you’ll have the chance to see dolphins, turtles and hundreds of colourful fish species. Whales migrate annually along the NSW coastline between May and November and can often be spotted during kayaking tours.

Marine sanctuaries popular with kayaking tours include:

People canoeing up Lachlan river in Cowra

Ramsar is an international treaty for wetlands of global importance, especially in the protection of waterbirds’ habitats. You’ll find Ramsar wetlands across NSW, with plenty of opportunities to explore them on water.

Go kayaking in the Myall Lakes with Lazy Paddles, explore the Macquarie Marshes, near Coonamble and paddle the Edward River canoe and kayak trail, which winds through the Murray Valley National Park.

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.

Two people kayaking down rapids in Barrington Tops National Park, Hunter

Adventure seekers can white-water raft in the Barrington Tops in the Hunter and the Oxley Wild Rivers, near Armidale in the New England high country. The Nymboida River is one of Australia’s best white-water rivers and you can join day trips or multiday tours that include riverside camping.

Another magnificent wilderness for white-water kayaking, canoeing and rafting is the Nymboi-Binderay National Park, near Coffs Harbour and Grafton and adrenalin junkies can try the class IV rapids at Murray Gates.

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