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Kayaking in Mornington Peninsula

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by Connie Ntentis (subscribe)
A Melbourne girl at heart, I'm always looking for new adventures...
Published May 20th 2012

Sunlight on your face, wind in your hair, cool water at your fingertips, and you just paddling along, soaking it up… What more could you want for a Sunday morning?

Throw in a couple of fun facts about the area, a quirky tour guide and some beautiful scenery and you have the perfect adventure.

After checking-in, in Portsea, we suited up and walked to the beach with our paddles in our hands, eager to start our adventure.

A quick paddling lesson on the sand and off we went, sea-kayaking down the Mornington Peninsula.

Clear, blue water meets the cream of the sand, glowing in the sunshine. There's also the greenery of the hills, the blend of the brown and red jagged rock faces. Magnificent mansions line the hills above the coastline.

With the tour, run by Bayplay, we ventured down the coast, along Point Nepean National Park, Point King, into the Dolphin Sanctuary.

Two to a kayak, we set off to see the peninsula like never before.
After working out how to move and steer, we lined up and held onto each others' kayaks and listened to the guide talk passionately about marine life, local legends and how the area came to be.

After a hilarious start, trying to paddle together with my team-mate, we finally got a rhythm going, and off we went. Using foot pedals to steer, to move the rudder seemed simple enough, and yet it was more difficult than I thought. I guess direction is not my strong point.

As we sailed by, we saw the beach where Harold Holt went missing. The tour guide told us about the history of the area and how the land has changed over time.

We pulled up onshore to stop for a break. Walking along the shore, we rested at a small lookout just above the beach. From this here, we marvelled at the view. Down below two small groups of three or four dolphins surfaced, playfully swimming together.
Looking out to sea, the city skyline was just visible in the distance.

After a quick snack, we were off, kayaking back to our starting point.

We circled around, passing countless white boats anchored along the coast.

Back on dry land we wandered back to the sheds with all our gear, hair windswept, sand between our toes, our wet clothes sticking to us; but you couldn't wipe the smiles off our faces.
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Why? To appreciate Melbourne's coastal beauty
When: Anytime
Phone: 03 5984 0888
Where: Portsea
Cost: $88-$99
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