Canoe/Kayak in Tasmania

Paddle through pristine waterways

WHAT SPARKS YOUR INTEREST?

Bathurst Harbour - Roaring 40s Kayaking
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Matthew Newton

Cape Hauy - Roaring 40's Ocean Kayaking  
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Toby Story

Freycinet Paddle Experience - Freycinet Adventures
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Sean Fennessy

Kayaking on the Pieman River
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Michael Walters Photography

Roaring 40s Kayaking - Tasmania's most exciting and adventurous day sea kayaking tour. Get close to the southern hemisphere's highest sea cliffs and Australian fur seals.
Image thanks to: Sean Scott

Great Walks of Australia (Bay of Fires Lodge Walk)
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Canoe/Kayak in Tasmania

Kayaking on the Pieman River, Tasmania, AustraliaFor beginners or experienced kayakers alike, there is something for everyone in Tasmania. From urban kayaking minutes from Hobart, to the vast wilderness of the Southwest, this great island state provides an array of places and scenery for every type of trip imaginable. Tours of varying lengths are provided for white water kayaking, flat water kayaking, and ocean kayaking. Between Tasmania’s vast river network, beaches, sea cliffs, and the 300 islands, there is no shortage of gorgeous scenery ripe for exploration. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Michael Walters Photography.

When to Go & Equipment

Roaring 40s Kayaking, Tasmania, AustraliaAlthough you should confirm and book in advance, many tours will be available year-round with varying hours of operation. Although summers tend to be warmer and milder, it is always best to prepare by bringing multiple layers of clothing at any point in the year. Clothing that does not retain moisture or get damp is best.
Also consider bringing a hat, waterproof camera, sunglasses, water bottle and shoes (that can get wet). Most professional tours should have safety equipment on board such as first aid kits and a satellite phone. If you plan to venture out alone, be sure to research in advance that you’ll be hiring from a company that provides necessary safety equipment. Image thanks to Sean Scott.

Water Conditions

Tasmanian water temperatures can get as low as 9 degrees Celsius. As with many aspects of Tasmania, the weather can vary greatly depending on when you’re going and where you’ll be venturing. Be sure to check weather forecasts in advance and bring plenty of layers of clothing. Difficulty levels of each tour are advertised beforehand so be sure to be comfortable with what you’ve signed up for.

Fitness Levels

Required fitness level for tours will vary dramatically depending on the length and location. Check with your guide in advance to ensure you are at an appropriate fitness level, especially if you cannot swim.

Some Key Regions

North & Northeast Coast
Freycinet Paddle Experience - Freycinet Adventures , Tasmania, AustraliaA popular area for tourism, this region of the island includes the Freycinet Peninsula and is abundant with wildlife with plenty of tours to choose from. The weather also leans on the warmer and milder side, making it a pleasant journey with secluded beaches providing beautiful views along the way. Keep an eye out for an array of birds that will keep you company! If you venture to Launceston, consider an urban kayak ride on the North Esk River. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Sean Fennessy.

Hobart & South Coast
If you’d like to do some local exploring around Hobart, consider kayaking around the waterfront, enjoying views of downtown, or venture a bit to the Huon River.

Not far from Hobart, there are many guided journeys that feature dramatic sea cliffs and adventurous ocean swells. The Tasman Peninsula, Fortescue Bay, Tinderbox, D’Entrecasteux Channel, and Bruny Island are some popular options for those that would like to stay in the South. Sea life, including seals and dolphins, are knows to make appearances. Image thanks to Wing Yin Ng.

Southwest Coast
Roaring 40s Kayaking, Tasmania, AustraliaThe remote Southwest National Park is home to Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey. This is considered some of the most stunning and secluded scenery in all of Tasmania to enjoy by kayak. Take your time to explore the wilderness, as some tours last as long as 7 days and include camping on serene beaches. To begin this adventure visitors take a flight to Melaleuca, near the shores of Bathurst Harbour. Be prepared to witness uncharted land filled with legend. Swells in this region can be quite large so consult with your tour guides beforehand to ensure you are well equipped. Image thanks to Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman.

What to do

Canoe/Kayak in Tasmania

The Freycinet Paddle

Freycinet National Park

Discover Tasmania’s greatest sea kayaking destination on the Freycinet Paddle. The Freycinet Paddle was listed as the #4 must-do experience in Australia on the Nine Network’s Things to Try Before you Die. On this relaxed, 3 hour guided tour of the Freycinet coastline, you’ll glide beneath pink granite mountains, past pristine sandy beaches and across waters so crystal clear you feel like you can touch the marine life below. You’ll experience Freycinet’s rich wildlife as you weave along the peninsula’s stunning coastline. Watch for soaring sea eagles, elusive little penguins and the sudden gleam of a dolphin’s back as it breaks the ocean’s surface. Take time out on a secluded beach and discover Freycinet’s rich stories from your guides as you relax with freshly brewed coffee and tasty snacks. This award-winning tour blends adventure and serenity with a deep appreciation of an incredible environment. An unforgettable way to discover the Freycinet Peninsula.

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AU$98

3 Hour Guided Tour

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Cycle, Kayak & Walk Tasmania

Hobart to Bicheno

Cycle along the East Coast and Explore Freycinet National Park & Maria Island on this superb multi-activity adventure from Launceston to Hobart with the Tasmanian adventure holiday experts

AU$2195

6 Day Tour

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6 Day Tour

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Kayak Hobart's Cliffs, Caves and Beaches

Enjoy an relaxing day paddle exploring the spectacular cliffs, caves and beaches of the Tinderbox Marine Reserve.

AU$180

AU$180

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