Sydney Harbour Kayaks – Kayak Eco Tour Key Details
If you’re craving adventure and the chance to learn more about the natural and social history of the Middle Harbour area from a friendly, expert guide, then this 4-hour Kayak Eco Tour is for you. From affluent urban to the remote natural bushland of the Garigal National Park, soak up the serenity as you paddle by spectacular scenery, watch for wildlife and enjoy a wholesome morning tea, served at a secluded spot.
- Location: 81 Parriwi Road – Smiths Boat Shed, The Spit Bridge, Mosman 2088
- When does the tour run? Every Saturday and Sunday morning from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm
- What’s Included?
- 20-minute instruction on safety and equipment use.
- Qualified, experienced, friendly guide.
- Wholesome morning tea stopover at an idyllic location.
- All paddling equipment supplied.
- Storage and bottled water.
- Stable and safe double sea kayaks
- How much is the 4-hour Kayak Eco Tour? $135 per person
- How big is the group size? Group sizes are kept small and intimate with up to 12 paddlers.
How to get to Sydney Harbour Kayaks?
Sydney Harbour Kayaks is easily accessible by car and bus and situated right by the Spit Bridge.
If coming from the city, you can take bus 178 or 180 from Carrington Street (Stand A) by Wynyard Station and alight at Spit West Reserve, just before Spit Bridge. The journey takes approximately 25 minutes, check Sydney Transport for times. Cross over the road and walk approximately 200 metres along Spit Road to arrive at Sydney Harbour Kayaks, next door to Plonk Beach Café.
You can find limited free on-street parking along Upper Parriwi Road, Mosman or anywhere along Avona Crescent, Seaforth. Both locations are approximately 200 metres from Sydney Harbour Kayaks. Alternatively, there is paid parking at Spit West Reserve car park ($7 an hour on weekends or approximately $25 for the day).
What to wear for a Sydney Harbour Kayak Eco Tour?
I recommend wearing comfortable clothing and cover up as much as possible to protect yourself from the sun.
- Rashie/sun shirt or long-sleeved t-shirt for sun protection
- Boardies/sport shorts or leggings
- Closed-in shoes that can get wet (I wore an old pair of trainers)
What to bring for afterwards
In case you get wet, be sure to bring the following:
- A full change of dry clothes
- Dry shoes
Who can join the Guided Kayaking Eco Tour?
This 4-hour Guided Kayaking Eco Tour is perfect for beginners as well as anyone looking to explore Sydney from a different perspective. Some fitness levels are required, especially if the water is choppy, but the tour can be tailored to the group’s ability.
Key things to know
- During the Kayak Eco Tour, there are no toilets, so be sure to go before you start.
- There are toilets on site along with a hot shower as well as storage. You can also purchase drinks from the shop.
- Previous kayaking experience is not essential. A 20-minute kayaking instruction session is provided before the tour.
- The tour will not operate if the wind is over 15/18 knots – Sydney Harbour Kayaks will inform you of any weather issues.
Other Kayaking Options
As well as the guided kayaking eco tour through Sydney’s Middle Harbour, you can also opt to hire kayaks, canoes, ocean skis and stand up paddle boards by the hour or half-day and enjoy a self-guided itinerary. The Eco Tour can also run as a Private Kayaking Tour with a minimum of six people and groups up to 60.
For beginners, Sydney Harbour Kayaks also offer a FREE three-hour paddling session, teaching safety and basic strokes to help you enjoy paddling. I know this is something that I will be signing up for.