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 swam naked to visit his neighbours.
Grade: Easy/Medium. $98 per person.
You’ve seen the movie Palm Beach? Then welcome to Perfect Pittwater
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.
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.
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.
At the southern end of Botany Bay lies this gem - a diverse estuarine wetlands, where we'll see rare native vegetation, fish breeding grounds and valuable habitats for aquatic invertebrates and threatened birds. Itinerary includes a cruise through the mangroves and swimming on white sandy beaches. We'll also visit Captain Cook's landing point. A quite extraordinary experience.
Grade: Easy/medium. Just $98 per person.
Towra Point Internationally Significant Aquatic Reserve
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.
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.
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.
For only the third 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.
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 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 Akuna Bay in Kur-ring-gai Chase National Park – from the marina crowded with enormous gin palaces, we'll make our way to Cowan Creek, then turn left ... or will it be right?? We'll check into our Mystery Café. Select whatever you want off the menu - it's not expensive. If you want to do your own BYO lunch, then there's a boutique beach nearby. On to beautiful sandy beaches for a dip. Stunning scenery at every turn. Tour $98pp food extra. Grade Easy.
Clontarf is that stunning strip of golden sand you can see from Split Bridge.
In the morning on this Australia Day holiday, we'll head under the bridge and up to Seaforth and Sailors Bay.
One of our favourite beaches at Clive Park will be our swimming and morning tea spot.
In the afternoon we'll head downstream from Clontarf to Balmoral Beach. Enjoy all the ritzy glamour of this Mediterranean style beach. We'll go for a walk along the promenade and pick up an ice cream. Chinaman's Beach and the northern shore of Balmoral/Middle Harbour will also be explored.
Two relaxing shorter paddles. Do either for $78pp or spend the day with us and do both for $98
(use the discount code PADDLE2 if you are booking both trips) Grade: Easy
NEW! Do the double at Clontarf. 2 paddles exploring Middle Harbour from Sailors Bay to Balmoral
We'll paddle from the Western Basin, where over 100 Black Swan have settled, along the coastline to admire some beautiful homes, then around two islands, under two bridges and onto Narrabeen Beach. We'll go for a dip in the gentle tidal pool or the more challenging surf beach. Mandarin/English-speaking guide Chris Deng will take you on this relaxing 2-hour paddle. The waterway is very sheltered, the boats are super stable and paddling tuition will be provided. Life jackets for everyone. No problem if you can’t swim. Starts at 9.30am, back in time for lunch, which will beNoodles by Chris, at a house overlooking the lagoon, where there's a pool and spa! Ideal for people who have never paddled before. Bring a friend and share a double.
$98 per person. Grade: Easy
NEW! Asian themed day: the fascinating history of Narrabeen Lagoon
Nestled between river and mountain, Hobart has one of the most picturesque harbours in the world. We’ll have two easy paced paddles over the weekend; one full day paddle to the sea caves and hidden beaches, and the second will be a 2-hour sunset paddle around the historic harbour and Salamanca. Our visit to MONA is the grand finale to a weekend of paddling, food and culture. The weekend will be hosted by Bryon Merzeo, one of Freedom Outdoors regular Sydney-based guides, assisted by passionate and experienced local guides. Fly down Friday morning, back late Sunday afternoon. Everything is organised for you and you’ll be pampered all the way. This trip is suitable for all kayakers, including those new to our sport.
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Ningaloo Reef is one of Earth’s last remaining ocean paradises. Located near Exmouth in WA, it is 320km long and is Australia’s largest fringing coral reef. Running parallel to the coast and ideal for kayaking and snorkeling, with 500 species of tropical fish and 220 species of coral. Famous for its warm, shallow waters and huge variety of sealife. This will be our 11th trip to Ningaloo and our best yet. For the first time we’re including a historic tour of the Exmouth area and swimming with the whale sharks will be aboard the most luxurious vessel on the Reef.
Freedom Outdoors has conducted ten very successful trips to the Reef. Now it’s your turn to experience Western Australia’s most spectacular natural attraction, accompanied by Freedom Outdoors host Cathy Miller and our local guiding team in Exmouth headed by legendary Neridah Grieves, who has looked after all our Freedom Outdoors groups at Ningaloo. You’ll be in good hands. Come on your own or bring your partner or friends - our groups are great fun.
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