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.
Australia Day on the Harbour: Join the celebrations
Sydney Harbour is the place to be on Australia Day. We decorate our boats with Australian flags and head out into the thick of it from Burns Bay Reserve in Hunters Hill. Spectacular views of the Bridge, house parties, boats of all descriptions loaded with party-goers. We make our way round to Woolwich Dry Dock, once the largest in Australia, for a sweeping view down the harbour. Whatever events are on, you'll have a dress circle view.
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!
We get more requests for Kangaroo Valley trips than any other weekend destination. Easy to see why it’s so popular, when you discover the simple pleasures of a weekend on the water here with friends. Two easy-paced day paddles on the tranquil waters of Morton National Park above Tallowa Dam, near the quaint settlement of Kangaroo Valley. On Day One we’ll launch adjacent to the picnic area at Tallowa Dam and paddle up the sun-dappled waters of the Shoalhaven River.
Along our route, you’ll have the chance to marvel at the grandeur of the sheer sandstone cliffs of the Shoalhaven Gorge
that rise high above a heavily-wooded shoreline chock full of birdlife.
Several accommodation options including cabins, villas to share if you wish or powered camping sites at an excellent holiday park.
Guided by Bryon Merzeo and fully organized throughout.
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. You'll be amazed how much easier it all is when you 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 our Kayak Technique Workshop. Now it's your turn.
Narrabeen Lagoon is one of Sydney's most spectacular and unique waterways. See the over 100 Black Swans that have taken up residence on the Lagoon and explore Sydney's newly proclaimed Narrabeen State Park with Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment's former President, Tony Carr. Depending on the conditions, we'll head east towards the ocean beach or westward to beautiful Middle and Deep Creeks. Deep Creek attracts migratory birds from as far away as Russia. We'll show you an amazing relic from World War 2 and take a break at a lovely, sandy swimming spot. Come on your own or bring your mum or daughter for a relaxing, fun and informative afternoon.
Suit first timers - grade easy - tuition provided.
This is the launch paddle for our new “First Tuesday Kayak Club”. Join Land Managers from Willoughby Council as they identify the changes to plants and animals that are taking place on our shorelines. This vital work keeps waterways healthy and assists with planning for infrastructure like walking tracks and drainage lines. You’ll be part of Council’s “Citizen Science” initiative, which enables the community to be involved in gathering data that can guide decision-making. We’ll paddle for an hour or so from Davidson Park under Roseville Bridge to the audit site, enjoying spectacular scenery as we go. Equipment provided and tuition given. The task is easy and absorbing and you’ll be amazed how much you learn. Meet 10am, back mid-afternoon. Swimming opportunity.
It's Clean Up Australia Day when we "give back". This is a fun and worthwhile activity, supported by Northern Beaches Council. We'll get into our boats and focus on the shoreline between the parks and reserves. We'll provide bags, gloves and other equipment and get you to pick up those pesky bottles, plastic bags and other rubbish that spoils this paradise. A nice, easy couple of hours on Sunday morning with a fun group. Everyone gets into Clean Up Australia Day, so sign up and join us now.
This is Freedom Outdoors first venture into this beautiful area, taking in some of the Eastern Suburbs finest Harbour beaches - Vaucluse, Neilsen Park and Rose Bay. Delightful paddling around a lovely shoreline with opportunities to swim at sandy beaches along the way. Safe landings and clear water, with the opportunity for coffee as we go. Wonderful homes, attractive people and heaps of history – you will fit right in.
Central Coast Exploratory/Brisbane Water National Park
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.
For this weekend kayaking adventure, hosted and guided 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.
This tranquil waterway, centrally located near Sydney Harbour is an ideal escape. Glide along peacefully and enjoy tree-clad banks, impressive sandstone rock formations and a fascinating history. No pressure - you set the pace. We'll pass Fairyland and learn about Australia's most intriguing murder mystery. Take a break at picturesque Sugarloaf Reserve then lunch at Burns Bay with its expansive views of the harbour and the bridge. Start at 10am, finish around 4.
Starting at Davidson Reserve we’ll kayak as far as it’s possible to go on Middle Creek. We’ll leave our boats and follow a well-defined bush track to a beautiful swimming and picnic spot – quite spectacular – in the middle of the bush, called The Cascades. Here there was a thriving cedar forest and the trees were felled and floated down Middle Creek, so they could be punted to Circular Quay for the building of the original Sydney Town. Now it’s a wonderful, secluded picnic and swimming spot that feels its miles from anywhere.
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
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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.