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Our full program of Kayak trips from beginner to advanced 
Freedom Outdoors Kayak Tours

Full List of Upcoming Paddles

NEW: Bobbin Head Surprise in Ku-ring-gai Chase NP

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.

Ningaloo Reef WA Kayaking & Snorkeling Adventure

We will kayak, bush walk and snorkel our way up Cape Range National Park from south to north. Base camp deep within the park. Includes day with the whale sharks and a night of luxury at the 4.5-star Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort.

Kangaroo Valley Weekend

Kangaroo Valley has everyone raving. Two easy-paced paddles on the tranquil waters of Morton National Park above Tallowa Dam. First day on the Shoalhaven River, second on Lake Yarrunga. You’ll experience it all – intimate creeks, eerie forests of drowned trees, the grandeur of sheer sandstone cliffs, heavily wooded shorelines chock full of birdlife – even the fish elevator in action! Discounted villas to share if you wish or powered camping sites at an excellent holiday park. Led by Adrian Clayton and fully guided throughout.

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.

Towra Point internationally significant Wetlands

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 – bring your swimmers. Visit Captain Cook’s landing point. Meeting point is Kurnell. A quite extraordinary experience. Easy/med.

Lane Cove River National Park

Explore this tranquil waterway, centrally located near Sydney Harbour. It’s a gentle, meandering river with tree-clad banks, impressive sandstone rock formations and a fascinating history. 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. Visit Riverview College and its lovely rose garden. Grade Easy – suit less experienced paddlers.

Middle Harbour Magic & Garigal NP

Hidden away on the western shore of Middle Harbour is a selection of spectacular coves and inlets. Starting from Davidson Reserve, under the Roseville Bridge, we’ll head south and take Sugarloaf Bay and peaceful Scotts Creek. After winding our way through the mangroves, we’ll view some of the lovely homes in the area and see if we can spot the castle at Castle Cove. Lunch and chill at Flat Rock Beach, then to historic Bantry Bay. Join us and recharge your batteries. Easy/Med.

Dangar Island and the Lower Hawkesbury

Another treat in store for our women’s group. Launching from Brooklyn, this popular paddle takes us through the lovely unspoilt Hawkesbury region, with highlights like Dangar Island and sandy beaches only accessible by boat. This is classic Hawkesbury River bushland. We’ll call in at Dangar Island for morning tea at the picturesque Island coffee shop, then lunch at one of the gorgeous beaches on the southern side of the Hawkesbury. Led by Cathy Miller. Easy/med.

Top of the South Island, New Zealand

A week of exploration in New Zealand’s famed Abel Tasman National Park and nearby Marlborough Sounds. Walk and paddle through the golden beaches and lush countryside that only New Zealand can deliver. Lots of options if you don’t want to paddle every day.

Croatia Kayaking Adventure – September: Now FULL

Our newest destination – all the drama and history of this exotic Mediterranean location. Old cities, lush vegetation, indented coastline. A favourite with kayakers. 2018 trip is now full, get on the list for 2019.

Italy … Kayak into History

.From the famous canals of Venice to the sparkling seas of the Italian Riviera, to the natural beauty of Cinque Terre National Park and the gorgeous villages of the Alpi Apuane Mountains, from the rugged coastline of Elba Island to the stylish streets of Florence – an extraordinary kayaking and walking adventure. Accommodation, guiding, kayaks, many meals.

WOW: Chipping Norton Lakes on Georges River

WOW's first trip to Chipping Norton Lakes, 30 mins south of the CBD on the M5. This trip takes in a picturesque series of lakes and creeks linked by the Georges River. The river has been remediated since sand mining in the 1970s. Today it’s really beautiful and attracts over 50 species of birds including egrets, pelicans and sacred ibis. Sandy pull-in points and good picnic facilities are assured, with thriving stands of casuarina, eucalyptus and angophora. Led by Cathy Miller. Easy/med.

Narrabeen Lagoon Eco-Paddle

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! We’ll cruise along the astonishing Deep Creek, which attracts migratory birds from as far away as Russia and Middle Creek, which has been the subject of a substantial remediation programme. An easy 3-hour paddle with a break. Bring your mum or daughter or come on your own. Suit first timers. Grade Easy.

Weekend away at glorious Jervis Bay

Don’t miss this fun weekend based at beautiful Huskisson on the South Coast. There will be two paddles and a big barbecue on Saturday night. You’ll enjoy the mix of intimate creeks and expansive bays with white, sandy beaches and loads of birdlife – Ibis, Sea Eagles, Spoonbills, Egrets and more. Visit Hymans Beach, Currambene Creek, Callala Bay, Honeymoon Bay and more. See the dolphins. Discounted accommodation. Easy/Medium

3 of Sydney Harbour’s most historic Bays

Hen & Chicken Bay, Bedlam Bay and Five Dock Bay – can’t beat the names of these historic waterways! The group will call in at the Animal Quarantine Station at Abbotsford, where the piggery and animal holding pens and stables are preserved. Landing at Bedlam Bay on the grounds of the Gladesville Hospital, where the psychiatric patients were only allowed to be transported by boat. This is the part of the harbour we didn’t get to in our last series. Easy

Brilliant Berowra Waters

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.

Windsor to Richmond on the Hawkesbury

We paddle between two of Governor Macquarie’s most historic towns, planned in 1810-11 and containing fine examples of Victorian architecture and grand parklands. Starting from the big sandy beach at Macquarie Park, we pass steep sandstone cliffs and riverbanks stabilised by the planting of many thousands of trees. Then onto the confluence of the Grose, Nepean and Hawkesbury Rivers – 3 for the price of one! Prolific birdlife; lunch at Hanna Park. Grade Easy

The Cascades: Garigal NP Paddle & Walk

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. Easy/Medium

Colo River/Blue Mtns World Heritage area

“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. Just over an hour from CBD on good roads. With the tide both ways! Easy/Medium.

Leisurely Lane Cove River

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. 

Kayak Technique Workshop

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.

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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.

Freedom Outdoors Kayak Tours

Freedom Outdoors Kayak Tours

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