Full List of Upcoming Paddles

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Kayak trips for everyone.​

Our full program of Kayak trips from beginner to advanced 

FREE EVENT: Freedom Outdoors Spring Celebration at Narrabeen Lagoon

Sunday, September 29th, 2019


Here’s a special invitation from Tony, Bryon, Cathy, Christine and Chris. Come down to Jamieson Park between 10am and 4pm and connect up with our guides and many of your paddling friends. If you are new to this, it’s a great way to get to know us. Bring something to throw on the barbecue and chill at this lovely spot. We’ll have our boats there – singles and doubles – and you’re welcome to take one out for a spin at no charge. You can ask questions about upcoming day and weekend trips and our exciting plans for Ningaloo Reef, Croatia and Italy in 2020 will be revealed.

Brilliant Berowra Waters

Labour Day, Monday, October 7th


It’s a paddler’s paradise – beautiful bush, steep cliffs with quaint houses nestled below, fascinating history from the convict era and some glorious, sheltered places to pull in. This protected waterway is part of the mighty Hawkesbury River system and offers a great day out. We’ll start at the marina by the ferry and cruise up to Calabash Bay, then to picturesque Neverfail Bay and Bennett’s Bay for lunch and a swim. We’re usually the only ones there. Back to the Marina Café for coffee and cake! $98pp. Always sells out. Easy/Medium.

Narrabeen Lagoon Circumnavigation

Sunday, October 13th, 2019 - 1pm until 4pm


For only the second time we are going to circumnavigate Narrabeen Lagoon by kayak. From the Western Basin to the outlet to the sea by the Ocean Street bridge – and back again. There’s so much to experience. Swim the lagoon from a clean sandy beach or take a plunge in the ocean or nearby rock pool. Visit an island in the middle of the lagoon we’ve never visited before. Experience the exotic wildlife – pelicans, black swan, maybe a fish will jump into your boat. Hear about the astonishing Aboriginal history of the area and what’s now being done to protect the remaining bushland in the area. Led by the former president of Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment, Tony Carr. Quality kayak hire just $78.

Suitable for first-time kayakers.

Kayak Technique Workshop

Sunday, October 13th, 2019 - 9am until Noon


This workshop is for you, whether you are joining us for a week at Ningaloo, a first timer interested in our day paddles or a regular wishing to refine your technique. Learn efficient and sustainable forward stroke, steering, correct posture (so your lower back is protected), torso rotation, leg drive, looking after hands and joints, preparing for consecutive day paddles, getting in and out of your boat safely. Self-rescue demonstrated and practiced. Led by Cathy Miller and Tony at sheltered Narrabeen Lagoon. 1:1 and group work. Over two thousand Freedom Outdoors paddlers have completed a Kayak Technique Workshop. Now it’s your turn. Only $98, includes kayak hire.  

NEW Mystery Café: Middle Harbour/Roseville in Garigal NP

Sunday, October 27, 2019

$99 p/p - food extra.

This will be fun – we’ve discovered some wonderful places to eat on our favourite waterways and now we’re going to incorporate them into our paddle days. Come paddle with us and enjoy a top lunch along the way at a lovely eating spot tucked away in the bush! The name won’t be revealed until the big day. On this tour we’ll start at Davidson Reserve (under the Roseville Bridge)  – have a dip at Flat Rock Beach, check out the mangroves, experience this gentle meandering creek (you’ll see all the highlights). Check into our Mystery Café along the way. Select whatever you want off the menu – nothing is over $30.


Tour $98pp; food extra. Grade: Easy.

In Search of Winifred Falls, Royal National Park

Saturday, November 2, 2019


We travel deep within the Royal National Park to discover this exquisite spot, tucked away in dense bushland. South West Arm narrows and wends its way alongside tree clad banks to this peaceful, out-of-the-way spot. The last bit involves leaving our boats and rock-hopping to our lunch spot, where playing under the waterfall should be the order of the day. Then back to Lilli Pilli, Yowie and Gymea Bays, depending on how time goes.


Grade: Easy/medium. Just $98 per person.

NEW: For our Asian Paddlers – early European history revealed at Bobbin Head and Cowan Creek

Sunday, November 10, 2019


Just up the road from Chatswood is a stunningly beautiful waterway with lots of interesting historic highlights – the area proposed in 1889 as the new capital of Australia (where replicas of Tower Bridge and Windsor Castle were to be built), nearby is the home of 70’s TV icon Skippy the bush kangaroo, and you’ll hear about the cedar forest where timber was harvested for the building of the original Sydney Town. Mandarin-speaking guide Chris Deng will take you on this relaxing 2-hour morning paddle. The waterway is very sheltered, the boats are super stable and paddling tuition will be provided. Life jackets provided. No problem if you can’t swim. Morning tea at a lovely little beach. Starts at 9am, back in time for lunch. Ideal for people who have never paddled before. Bring a friend and share a double.


$78 per person.     

You’ve seen the movie Palm Beach? Then welcome to Perfect Pittwater

Saturday, November 23, 2019


It’s all here in living colour – the bays, boats and beaches!  Some pretty stunning homes, too. We’ll cruise from McCarr’s Creek Reserve to Elvina and Lovett Bays, made famous in Susan Duncan’s book, Salvation Creek. We’ll walk through the bush to a waterfall and paddle the creek. Then to historic Morning Bay for BYO lunch and a swim. Inspect the hideout of cold war Russian Spy Vladimir Petrov. Checkout the bay where screen legend Chips Rafferty swan naked to visit his neighbours.


Grade: Easy/Medium. $98 per person.

Bobbin Head Surprise in Ku-ring-gai Chase NP

Saturday, November 30th, 2019


We say “surprise” and we mean it. This hidden away spot in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park will amaze you with its fascinating history and stunning scenery. It is rich in Aboriginal sites, European history and native flora and fauna. Steep-sided river valleys lend it a rugged and spectacular beauty. Our lunch spot is lovely Waratah Bay, where you’ll see the remains of the holiday resort set up by a boat builder called Edward Windybank in the late 1800s. We’ll visit the area proposed in 1889 as the new capital of Australia. Under a scheme that now seems more Disneyland that Great Southern Land, there were to be buildings replicating Windsor Castle, the Tower of London and suspension bridge to create a grand entrance at Bobbin Head. We’ll have morning tea near the home of Skippy, the bush kangaroo. And there are more memorable stories! Led by Cathy Miller.


Grade: Easy. $98 per person.

Leisurely Lane Cove River

Saturday, February 16 2019


Great landscape artist Lloyd Rees maintained he didn’t want to go to heaven -“because it can’t be as beautiful as this place”. Centrally located near Sydney Harbour, this gentle, meandering river with tree-clad banks, impressive sandstone rock formations and a fascinating history offers a very special day out. We’ll even pass Fairyland and learn about Australia’s most intriguing murder mystery! Explore the river from the weir at Fullers Bridge to the harbour. Lunch and swim at a boutique sandy beach. We’ve been invited to visit Riverview College to view its lovely rose garden. Spectacular views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city skyline. Grade Easy – suit less experienced paddlers. $98 per person. 

Sydney Harbour: 4 Islands, 2 Bridges

Saturday, December 7th, 2019


This kayak tour takes you through 4 islands and under at least 2 bridges in one of the most beautiful harbours in the              world. From the heart of Sydney’s inner west, you’ll cruise under bridges and past several of the harbour’s natural islands. Launching at Woolwich, we’ll follow the northern shore line and paddle under our first bridge into the exclusive and scenic Tarban Creek. We’ll return via Drummoyne with a quick stop at a sandy beach, before heading to Rodd Island for lunch. From here we’ll paddle back along the Rozelle shorelines, then head across the waters to cruise past three picturesque islands – Schnapper, Spectacle and Cockatoo, each with their own rich maritime history. Bonus: this tour will improve your confidence in handling crossings and navigating boat traffic. Rejoice in the beauty that is Sydney Harbour!


Expect to be off the water by 4.00pm. Led by Cathy Miller and open to everyone.


Grade: Easy/Medium. $98 per person.

Women On Water: Dangar Island Explorer

Sunday, December 8th, 2019


Paddling, coffee and a swim! This popular tour takes us through the lovely, unspoiled Hawkesbury region, with highlights Dangar Island and peaceful sandy beaches only accessible by boat. You’ll love the classic Hawkesbury River bushland and dramatic sandstone outcrops. We’ll pause for coffee and snacks at the Dangar Island Café, located just metres from where we’ll leave our boats. Take in the islander’s lifestyle.  We’ll continue up the northern side of the river, then cross for lunch at Little Gunyah Beach, with views out past Lion Island to sea - take the opportunity to swim in crystal clear waters. This paddle will be led by Cathy Miller and is part of our Women on Water programme.


Grade: Easy/Medium. $98 per person.

Towra Point Internationally Significant Wetlands

Sunday, December 15th, 2019


Christmas preparations go on hold today, so we can show you this extraordinary, secret waterway at the southern end of Botany Bay, on a day when the tide is especially high. We have special permission to take you into this aquatic reserve, adored by all who experience it. A diverse estuarine wetlands, where you’ll see rare native vegetation, fish breeding grounds and valuable habitats for aquatic invertebrates and threatened birds. It is treasured by nature lovers. The day includes a cruise through the mangroves and swimming on white, sandy beaches (bring your camera and swimmers). In the afternoon, visit Captain Cook’s landing point. Meeting point is Kurnell. A quite extraordinary experience, with a special Christmas flavour. Led by Cathy Miller and open to everyone.


Grade: Easy/Medium. $98 per person.

Central Coast Exploratory/Brisbane Water National Park

Saturday, December 28th, 2019


Spend a relaxing day on the sunny Central Coast. See Woy Woy Bay and Brisbane Water National Park - it’s lush bush to the water’s edge. Into Waterfall Bay then across to the western shore, where you can decide which home you’ll buy when you win the lottery! Explore Phegan’s and Correa Bays, before heading east to our secret lunch location - an island with a glorious west facing beach - bring bathers. Along the canals to an island devoted entirely to pelicans! Great day.


Grade: Easy/Medium. $98 per person.

2020 Program - Sneak Peak...

A sneak peak at our upcoming program. Let us know what you think...

Progressively over the next few weeks we’ll be opening our exciting 2020 program for bookings. We know from experience some of these tours will fill very quickly (last time we offered Italy it filled in a week). While you can’t book yet, you can register your interest by telling us which tour/s you’d like to do. We’ll make sure you have priority access to the trip/s of your choice as soon as details are available. Indicating your interest does not commit you to travelling with us.


Tasmania – Paddle Hobart and the remote wilderness of Melaleuca. February.


Myall Lakes based at Tea Gardens – weekend away. February.


Ningaloo Reef WA – includes a day swimming with the whale sharks and 2 nights at the 4.5 star Mantaray Resort. May.


Italy – kayak into History. Venice, Florence, Cinque Terra NP and more. July.


Croatia – from Split to Dubrovnik. September.


Ningaloo and swimming with the humpback whales. September.


At base retain Cancellation policy, Minimum Age and Risk Waiver/Attendance document.

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Cancellation Policy:

Half day, full day and training paddles – no cancellations or refunds in the week leading up to the paddle. Weekends away – no cancellations or refunds in the month leading up to the paddle. Longer trips and overseas trips – see individual brochures for details. We go if showers are forecast but not if strong winds, continuous rain or thunder and lightening are on the agenda. If a paddle is postponed you will automatically be transferred to the new date. You may select another paddle if you wish or request a refund.


Minimum age:

No children under 14 years of age.


Risk Waiver/Attendance document:

All paddlers are required to sign a risk waiver and attendance document prior to the commencement of a paddle. A copy of this is provided in the trip briefing material emailed to participants a week prior to each paddle. 


Maritime regulations require all participants in wear a Personal Floatation Device. These are provided by the company.