Top 5 Spots To Try Paddling In Australia

Table of Contents

1.Port Jackson
2.Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania
3.Whitsunday Island
4.Ningaloo Coast
5. Noosa River

If you've never given paddling a try, Australia is the place to do so, which will help you to experience Australia's spectacular beaches, lagoons and waterways. Now let's take a look at this blog and I'll bring you five amazing options for planning one of the best paddling trips in Australia!

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Port Jackson

When it comes to the good paddling tour, Sydney is hard to top for blessed with over 100 beaches, bathed in year-round sunshine, and buzzing with a youthful vitality. Perched on the East Coast of Australia, there are few cities as geographically spectacular as Sydney, the capital of the state of New South Wales and known as the most populous city in Oceania. However when you're looking for a good spot to paddle board in Sydney, the answer would be Port Jackson.

Port Jackson is also called as Sydney Harbour could be thought of an aquatic playground for Sydney with more than 240 kilometers (150 miles) of shoreline.

It is one of the finest natural harbors punctuated by unspoiled beaches in the world and the main port of New South Wales, with picturesque gardens and pockets of natural bush and its irregular foreshores extend more than 150 miles, affording extensive docking facilities, whose principal wharves are near Sydney’s business district. It is also home to some of Australia's big-name attractions, including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Therefore Sydney Harbour being one of the best paddling destinations in the world is undeniable.

Tasman Peninsula

Where should you go boating in Tasmania? The answer is simply everywhere. Tasman Peninsula is located in south-east Tasmania. Surrounded by beautiful bays and ocean, it is just over an hour drive from the capital Hoba, which has Storm Bay in the west and south, the Tasman Sea out to the east and Norfolk Bay and Frederick Henry Bay to the north and northwest.

Connected by Eaglehawk Neck isthmus, the Peninsula  cultivates an air of mystory to make the Tasman Peninsula a perfect location to host Port Arthur, the penal settlement that housed Australia's first convicts. 

Today, the peninsula has become a favourite with Tasmanian bushwalkers, campers and day trippers due to its spectacular natural beauty and views that will take your breath away. There is also plenty for history buffs, adventurers, families and animal lovers. The Tasman Peninsula is a playground outside Hobart that everyone will enjoy.

You can go paddling anywhere in Tasmania, as it is breathtakingly beautiful beneath the Australian mainland. If you were to pick just one place, it would have to be the Tasman Peninsula in the southeast of the island. 

Whitsunday Island

Sailing through blue waters, snorkeling above coral gardens, and more beautiful coastal views than postcards - it all awaits you in the Whitsundays.paddling in australia

The WhitSundays Islands, 55km (34 miles) off the Queensland coast, offer everything you'd expect from a tropical paradise; Turquoise waters and swirling white sands, beautiful secluded beaches and world-class luxury accommodations. It's relaxing, of course, but that doesn't mean you won't find incredible adventures. Proximity to the Great Barrier Reef means the WhitSunday Islands are a mecca for sailing, diving and snorkeling, and there are plenty of opportunities to accomplish worthwhile activities such as swimming with turtles or flying over the famous Heart Reef.

Whitsunday Island is the largest island in the Whitsunday group of islands located off the coast of Central Queensland, Australia, which is accessible by boat from the mainland tourist ports of Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour. It contains many popular destinations for both day visitors and overnight sailors, including the magnificent pure-white sands of White-haven Beach and Hill Inlet, the secure anchorage of Cid Harbour, and the sheltered waterway of Gulnare Inlet. The island also has six campgrounds.

Around the northern bays of the island are seagrass beds which support a diverse range of marine life. Unadorned rock-wallabies are found on the island. The seas here are warm, clear, shallow, nutrient rich and fast moving due to large tidal flows making them well-suited to the growth of fringing coral reefs. White-haven Beach on the east coast of the island was rated internationally as the top Eco Friendly Beach in 2010.

Ningaloo Coast

The Ningaloo Coast is a World Heritage Site located in the north west coastal region of Western Australia. The 705,015-hectare (1,742,130-acre) heritage-listed area is located approximately 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) north of Perth, along the East Indian Ocean. The distinctive Ningaloo Reef that fringes the Ningaloo Coast is 260 kilometres (160 mi) long and is Australia's largest fringing coral reef and the only large reef positioned very close to a landmass. The Muiron Islands and Cape Farquhar are within this coastal zone.

Ningaloo’s World Heritage-listed marine environment is, aside from the Great Barrier Reef, the most admired in Australia. The abundant waters make this one of the best snorkelling spots in the world, but kayak enthusiasts get a good nod as well with several launch sites along the coast. One of the better choices is Tantabiddi, giving you direct access to stunning coral and staghorn gardens. Although with the numerous things to see across the reef, it’s wise to go through one of the local tour operators like Exmouth Adventure Co., who list several kayaking tours that can last up to five days.

Although most famed for its whale sharks which feed there during March to August, the reef is also rich in coral and other marine life. During the winter months, the reef is part of the migratory routes for dolphins, dugongs, manta rays and humpback whales. The beaches of the reef are an important breeding ground of the loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles. They also depend on the reef for nesting and food. The Ningaloo supports an abundance of fish (500 species), corals (300 species), molluscs (600 species) and many other marine invertebrates.

The reef is less than 0.5 kilometres (0.31 mi) offshore in some areas, such as Coral Bay. In 2006, researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science discovered gardens of sponges in the marine park's deeper waters that are thought to be species completely new to science. The short-nosed sea snake, thought to have been extinct for 17 years, was found on Ningaloo Reef in December 2015.

Stretching 300km from Carnarvon's Red Bluff to the Muiron Islands in the north and Exmouth Gulf's Bundegi Beach in the east, Ningaloo Reef is regarded as one of the world's last great ocean paradises. The UNESCO Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area was established in 2011. Encompassing the Ningaloo Marine Park, which protects the Reef and Coastal Reserves, and land-based wonders like Cape Range National Park, the area received its World Heritage Listing due to its marine and terrestrial (land) properties, such as rare flora and fauna like the whale shark - 300 to 500 of these megafauna congregate at Ningaloo each year!

The Ningaloo region of Australia's Coral Coast encompasses the towns of Carnarvon, Coral Bay and Exmouth. Ningaloo also offers great connections to other incredible parts of Western Australia, including Kennedy Range National Park (3 hours' drive east of Carnarvon), Karijini National Park (8 hours' drive east of Exmouth), and Onslow and the Mackerel Islands (4 hours' drive north of Exmouth).

Noosa River

The Noosa River is a river situated in South East Queensland. The catchment starts in the Como Escarpment near Mount Elliott in the coastal Great Sandy National Park and meanders south through a lakes district around Tewantin.

Lakes situated on the river include Lake Cooloola, Lake Como, Lake Cootharaba, Lake Cooroibah and Lake Weyba. The catchment is mostly covered by sand dunes and has two major tributaries—Kin Kin Creek and Teewah Creek.

The Noosa River enters the Coral Sea between Noosa Heads and Noosa North Shore. Substantial residential development has encroached into areas previously occupied by the changing river path. The river is noted for its populations of migratory birdlife.

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