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Discover Australia by Water

August 23, 2019
Discover Australia by Water

When you are tired of long dusty and bumpy roads, consider switching it up for smooth cruising on a kayak. Although you may have left no stone unturned on land, the view from the water can give you a whole new experience and perspective. Australia offers about 35,000 km of coastline and countless rivers weaving through the land, giving you access to areas inaccessible by foot, car or bike. Going with a kayak is an environmentally friendly and breathtaking way to take the road truly less travelled.

The water roadmap is so intricate and extensive that it would probably take a lifetime to explore. Luckily, a few areas have been nominated as the best kayak experiences in Australia, so you know what to prioritise. Here are the best three:

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**Image Credit: Tourism Western Australia**

Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Difficulty level: Options for beginners to expert levels

Rottnest Island is probably most famous for being the only home to the furry little Quokkas, but what surrounds the island is just as special. Some of the best waters for kayaking surround the island off the coast of Perth. To reach the island from shore you would have to be a skilled kayaker to paddle across the sea for 19 km. For those who feel less confident with the open sea, kayaking around the coast of the island is a safer bet, with 30 km for a full circumnavigation. Take a ferry from Hillary’s Boat Harbour, Fremantle or Barrack Street Jetty and rent a glass-bottom kayak on the island. For leisure kayakers, paddling by the coast to one of the many sandy beaches and lingering in the bays is the best way to spend the day.

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**Image Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland**

Moreton Bay, Queensland

Difficulty level: Options for beginners to expert levels

Off the coast of Brisbane lies Moreton bay, a sea kayaker’s haven with its shallow protected waters stretching over 125 km of the coast. The tropical waters are unique because of the diverse wildlife inhabiting them. A kayaker can experience over 1,000 species of fish, 6 types of turtles (there are only 7 in the world!), dugongs, dolphins and even humpback whales if you venture further out. Parts of the nearby islands like Peel or Green Island are only accessible by kayak so get ready for some exclusive exploring.

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**Image Credit: Sean Scott/Tourism and Events Queensland**

Port River, South Australia

Difficulty level: Moderate level but beginners are allowed

Port River is part of Port Adelaide that lies about 20 minutes from the city. The area of the river near Garden Island is a sanctuary to 30 – 40 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins. Kayakers can paddle through the 10,000-year-old mangroves, known as ‘Little Amazon’, and back out into the wider river to experience close encounters with the playful mammals. Once you spot them, stop paddling, relax and wait for the curious dolphins to approach you. Port River is also Australia’s largest ship graveyard with about 40 shipwrecks from the 19th and 20th century. Paddling here will give you a full experience of nature, wildlife and history.