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! Take a break at picturesque Sugarloaf Reserve then return to the put-in point for BYO lunch together.
Celebrate with us as we return to the water for a first, gentle paddle after the winter/Covid-19 break!
Lane Cove River morning paddle - scenery plus tuition
On this tour led by Cathy Miller, you'll be able to take photos of yourself on the water with the Harbour Bridge behind. Your friends will go green with envy! Our easy launch spot is in Woolwich where you'll receive pre-launch instruction on paddling on the harbour. First up we'll check out the Woolwich Dry Dock, where we usually see some of the Sydney to Hobart racing yachts, such as Wild Oats. We can follow the northern shoreline into sheltered bays, with a short morning tea stop at Berry Island.
Note: if windy we have lots of more sheltered options.
We'll be using our Barracuda AR Duos - stable, comfy and fast.
Sydney Harbour Bridge - Woolwich to Berry Island - Half day
Spend a relaxing day on the sunny Central Coast with your two guides Tony and Bryon. 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! It's a great day on the water.
Central Coast Exploratory/Brisbane Waters & Waterfall Bay
Another revealing kayaking adventure on Sydney Harbour, once more using our superb Barracuda AR sit in Duos. They are stable, comfy, fast and ideally suited to Harbour conditions. We'll launch from Woolwich, on the northern side of the Harbour and head across to Birchgrove foreshores, with morning tea at Snails Bay. This tour provides good views of the coat hangar (Sydney Harbour Bridge) and reveals the extent of the massive developments that have transformed our Harbour in recent years. Much creative thought has gone into this post-industrial period.
WOW - Women only half day paddle from Woolwich to Balmain
$108 per person (This location always sells out so be quick to book in)
Just over an hour from CBD on good roads. With the tide both ways!
“The last pristine river in NSW” - National Parks & Wildlife Service.
Just waiting to be discovered by eager kayakers - a lush riverscape with mainly native heath vegetation and abundant wildlife backed by steep sandstone cliffs. 4kph speed limit means few boats! We’ll start where the Colo meets the Hawkesbury and make our way up to a spectacular sandy beach for lunch and a swim.
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!
For this weekend kayaking adventure, hosted by Bryon Merzeo, we’ve selected the spectacular Myall Lakes National Park area, a couple of hour’s drive from northern Sydney on good roads. We’ll be staying at the impressive Reflections Holiday Park at Hawks Nest, where a range of excellent accommodation is available, from luxurious cabins to powered campsites. The Park is right on superb Bennett’s Surf Beach.
There will be two paddles over the weekend. Up the exquisite Myall River on Saturday and into Myall Lakes National Park and on Sunday we’ll head south towards Port Stephens and Corrie Island. The vegetation is lush, birdlife plentiful and we usually see dolphins at play. Swimming opportunities at sandy beaches both days.
Kayak in our Custom Built Boats!
For the two kayak trips, we will be using our superb Barracuda AR Duos. They are super stable (won’t tip up), have comfy padded seats, back supports and rudder systems for easy steering. They will be brought up from Sydney on a trailer.
Stay at Reflections Holiday Park in Hawks Nest
You can stay in one of the well-equipped cabins or villas, or camp on a grassed site
Alternatively book your own motel or Air B’nB in Hawks Nest or Tea Gardens.
Ningaloo Reef is one of Earth’s last remaining ocean paradises. 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.
o Get up close and personal with an amazing coral reef which is host to a huge array of tropical fish plus glorious ocean creatures like humpback whales, manta rays, dolphins and dugongs. Kayak and snorkel at over 10 separate sites, some shore based, others using kayak moorings on the Reef.
o The golden, sandy beaches are important breeding grounds especially for the loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles.
o We locate for the week at an exclusive, well-equipped base camp in the park and drive each day to the kayaks as we paddle from south to north. Camper trailer at base camp has all mod cons, No mozzies or midges.
o Special visits planned to the Milyering Centre to view interesting historical and geographical displays and a walk into Yardie Creek, a wildlife hotspot with over 105 bird species and home of the rare black-footed rock wallabies.
o Full day Swim-with-the-Whale-Sharks experience aboard the most luxurious, spacious and comfortable vessel on the Reef.
> Two nights in Exmouth at the 4.5-star Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort, with dinner Saturday night finale at Exmouth’s best restaurant, Whalers.
All this for $3,695 per person
Secure your spot by paying a deposit of $500pp – just click on Book Now.
Iimagine kayaking some of the most remote beaches on earth, drifting over magnificent coral reefs, visiting uninhabited islands, snorkeling among the manta ray and turtles, discovering small stilted villages, exploring caves and coves only accessible by kayak. An off-the-tourist-track village with stone pillars, daggers, spearheads and ceramics dating back to the Chinese Bronze Age. The Komodo Dragon, a creature that time seemed to forget, in its natural habitat.
Fully guided throughout, with Freedom Outdoors Cathy Miller as host, Great mix of kayaking, walking and taking it easy. Support boat on all kayaking days - just hop aboard if you want to take a break. Hotel accommodation, quality camping and in cabins aboard our support boat. Wonderful meals with local specialities. Australian designed and made kayaks. Suitable for less experienced kayakers - just be of at least average fitness.
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This is our second visit to Croatia – our first sold out and got rave reviews.
Every day is different … every day is special
This Freedom Outdoors destination offers thousands of years of history, amazing wild and untouched nature, big cliffs, lonely bays, cultural sites, traditional fishing villages, easygoing islander lifestyle, unique local specialties, world class kayaking and all the fun you can handle!
The classy vessel Otac Duje is a well-appointed vessel with air conditioned ensuite cabins and an attractive restaurant. This boat will be our convenient base and take us and our kayaks to the best locations. Bryon Merzeo, part of our guiding team since the beginning, is keen to show you the best of Croatia’s 1,185 islands, incredible history, limpid sapphire waters, traditional fishing villages, eight National Parks, astounding architecture - plus Split and Dubrovnik. He knows Croatia well – it’s one of his favourite destinations. Seize the day and join Bryon on an epic adventure that will take 12 days from September 26.
We have chartered the motor vessel Otac Duje to take us and our quality double kayaks with rudders to magical places. The trip will include paddles, walks, snorkeling and cycling. All activities are optional (take a day off at any time) and a motorboat will accompany each paddle, so you can opt out if you’ve had enough.