The purpose-built site of the kayaking events for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, this venue is open to the public for groups and individuals.
In addition to the glorious and expansive harbour, there are lots of other places to kayak, canoe, and SUP in the waters in and around Sydney. Even if you don’t have your own kayak, there are a few places around Sydney where it is possible to hire one, making it an ideal way to spend a day and get to know a different side of the city.
If you have your own kayak, then a paddle from Audley Weir to Bundeena is highly recommended. Starting at Audley Weir, the route follows the Hacking River, and into Port Hacking itself.
Surrounded by the Royal National Park is the small township of Bundeena. It is at the mouth of Port Hacking, on the opposite shore to Cronulla.
Around Bundeena there are plenty of beaches to land on and explore. From the kayak hire on Simpsons Bay, paddling west will take you to shallower and sheltered waters.
The small town of Brooklyn, with its train station (Hawkesbury River Train Station) is an ideal starting point for a number of kayaking trips – if you have your own kayak. If you are going to use public transport you’ll need an inflatable or collapsible kayak.
The Nepean-Hawkesbury River dominates the countryside of western and northern Sydney. It is a great river, with many changes in flow and character along the way.
Lane Cove River flows from bushland and mangroves in Lane Cove National Park, through the urbanised areas of Gladesville, Longueville and Hunter’s Hill where it joins the harbour. It is another of those great places in Sydney where you get the feeling you are not in the middle of a city. It is a lovely, meandering river to paddle on.
There is a lot to explore in Sydney Harbour, and you could spend several days doing it. From the kayak hire place at Rose Bay, you can paddle up and down keeping close to the shore, or out to Clark Island or Shark Island.
Narrabeen Lagoon is a huge body of flat water, and offers lots of water sports, including standup paddle boarding, windsurfing, kite boarding and kayaking. The waters are calm under most conditions, and the water is mostly surrounded by parklands.
Middle Harbour, or Waring Ga, is the northern arm of Port Jackson, officially starting at Grotto Point. Kayaking on Middle Harbour is a pleasant experience, as much of the shoreline is rugged, and therefore fairly quiet. There are a few beaches to stop at when taking a break from paddling.