South Coast Kayaking and SUP Adventure
The South Coast is a destination for many outdoor enthusiasts and families. With such a wide variety of activities, there is something to suit everyone’s needs. Whether you’re looking for some beginner-friendly kayaking or SUPing on the calm waters or want to get your adrenaline pumping with some more challenging white water rafting River – the NSW South Coast has got you covered. Below are the areas you can consider touring.
1. Jervis bay
Jervis Bay is one of Australia’s most iconic holiday destinations – perfect as a getaway destination all year round. The crystal clear water and white sands of Jervis Bay are a sight to behold because there are stunning beaches and bays that are great spots for beginner paddlers and those who fancy testing their classic skills. All you need to do is taking a guided tour or hire a Kayak at Huskisson and have a go at kayaking for the first time. Head north towards Currambene and Callala or south towards Booderee and watch out for whales and dolphins. You can use snorkelling gear to explore marine life or take a leisurely boat tour to see dolphins and whales. Experts looking for an epic adventure can consider the sea cliffs of Bowen Island, which offer some of the best views, caves, and cliffs to explore.
2. Shellharbour/ Minnamurra River
Illawarra area gives you a chance to SUP or kayak on the calm waters of the Minnamurra River. The Minnamurra River is an excellent spot for beginners and those looking to relax with kayaking trips available on weekends and public holidays. Here, you can find yourselves in a forest, surrounded by wildlife and birdlife like echidnas, koalas, platypuses or kingfishers – as well as some fantastic views. The water is also home to many fish species and beavers that live here. For more challenging rapids, try Shoalhaven’s Shellharbour river offer adrenaline junkies an unforgettable experience.
If you’re planning to tour this area, be sure to book in advance. No fitness level or age limit is required. You can consider a real physical challenge or leisurely paddle with your family. If it’s all about fun and relaxing, the Stillness of the Australian bush should be your backdrop. Just enjoy yourself by exploring the beautiful natural scenery, beaches, wildlife while gliding your paddles along the calm water.
3. Batemans bay Marine Park
Another breathtaking area to kayak tour is Batemans Bay Marine Park. Here, you will find friendly people and towns with a laid-back atmosphere perfect for those who want to explore the area at their own pace. The water here tends to be calmer than some other areas, but don’t turn your back on the waves – they can come up quickly. Just enjoy being in this stunning location, surrounded by colourful seagulls or dolphins, as you take in the breathtaking views of the rugged coastline from an unusual perspective.
If kayaking isn’t what’s on your mind, then try boating instead and visit one of Australia’s best fishing locations where it’s possible to catch whiting, flathead or fingermark bream while enjoying spectacular scenery seals or dolphins.
What’s more? The geology is incredible, and there are hundreds of unique rock formations to explore. The area is the south end of the Sandstone Basin, which dates back million years ago when the coastline was much closer to Sydney.
4. Burrill Lake in the Shoalhaven
You can also tour the flawless waterways by kayak, boat, or paddleboard, part of the Shoalhaven River. You can find one fantastic location right near Burrill Lake, which is home to several protected bird species and offers an opportunity for visitors to paddle through mangroves, with seals being common occupants.
The best way to tour this area is by kayak or stand-up paddleboard (SUP), as it’s possible to take guided tours during daylight hours at various locations around the lake. The water here has calm conditions that make touring easy and enjoyable while still giving enough challenge if you’re up for it.
It doesn’t matter what your fitness level might be – there are challenges suitable for beginners and adrenaline junkies seeking white knuckle rapids. You can also take your fishing rod and catch various fish species while paddling to Croobya Creek.
One of the pure paradises is the Sapphire coast, boasting over 150 beaches and 400 km of estuarine waterways. Merimbula offers easy access to paddling, perfect for kayaking or SUP enthusiasts. If you’re an experienced paddler, you can launch your craft; Kayak or SUP at Bermagui and Merimbula. If you’re looking forward to intense nature padding, there are professionals ready to offer a guided tour with the right tips and gears. What’s more? The area is perfect for photography and birdwatching.
Overall, the South Coast is one of the best places to kayak or SUP in Australia. The water is calm and perfect for beginners, with advanced challenges available for professionals. Just call up one of the many tour operators and hire a kayak, or if you are after a Kayak or Paddle Board to own Outright then see the many Weekend Warrior Options.