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Published April 30th 2013
A place worth exploring
Kayaking is a fun and energetic way to explore Sydney Harbour. One of my favourite locations to kayak is the area around The Spit in Mosman because of the calmer sheltered waters in the enclosed harbour and stunning multimillion dollar waterfront houses built into the cliffs for you to admire.
Sydney Harbour Kayaks located at the Spit Marina rent out kayaks from $20 for a single kayak and $40 for a double kayak.
An hour's hire is enough to take you all the way to Middle Harbour and back to the Spit Marina without stopping. If you're planning on taking a leisurely paddle and a break now and then I recommend hiring for 2 hours.
As soon as you are briefed on how to operate the rudder and use the paddle, the staff at Sydney Harbour Kayaks will help launch your kayak into the water. We paddled our way around the luxury yachts and boats docked at the Marina and tried our best to navigate away from any moving boats. The area around the Marina is a little congested but the moving boats tend to go out of their way to avoid kayaks so you're best to stay on your decided course.
Kayaking in the direction of Clontarf beach will take you towards Port Jackson which means choppier waters and waves and less houses to gawk at. We decided to kayak in the opposite direction and head towards the Spit Bridge and into Middle Harbour.
It was fun kayaking under the Spit Bridge as the sounds of vehicles roaring down the bridge are somehow amplified as you go under it. Passing countless speedboats and cruisers makes the experience more enjoyable as you realise how small and vulnerable you are in the water. The wakes that these boats create add an element of fun as they come crashing into your kayak and rock you sideways. The kayaks that we hired were very stable and never capsized during the time we had them out in the water.
We were treated to panoramic views of Middle Harbour as we kayaked along it. Expensive boats docked on the waters and stunning lifestyle houses were just some of the highlights of the kayaking adventure. Some of us even began plotting how to own one of these dream houses in the future. It was interesting to get a glimpse into some of these houses and imagine what life would be like living in a gorgeous waterfront house with a private beach or jetty.
If you've never kayaked around Sydney Harbour, I highly recommend hiring a kayak for a couple of hours to explore this peaceful area. You're treated to a different view of Sydney, equally amazing and worth exploring.