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Kayaking On The Gold Coast

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by Tracey Winning (subscribe)
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Published January 7th 2014
Spend a lazy hot Sunday on the water
There is no better way to spend a lazy hot Sunday than kayaking the numerous creeks, broadwater, canals, seaway and islands around the Gold Coast or Brisbane. Being blessed with warm waters all year round, kayaking on the Gold Coast in Queensland provides the perfect opportunity for sight-seeing, swimming, cooling off, exercising and experiencing nature from a completely different angle.

Gold Coast, Broadwater, kayaking
The glassy broadwater is perfect for kayaking on a good day

Egrets and black swans were in abundance on a recent kayak around the still relaxing waters of Emerald Lakes. White sands, aqua sea and loads of fish were a highlight of my last kayaking trip to Wavebreak Island. The best thing about kayaking on the Gold Coast is there are enough waterways to keep you going with new scenery for the long term.

I hired a kayak for my first ever kayak trip down the beautiful and popular Currumbin Creek from Currumbin Boatshed Bait & Tackle. A few hours later, I was in love, so much so, that ten days later I became the proud owner of a SOT ( sit-on-top) mini X Malibu Kayak). Since then I have been scouring maps, waterways and kayaking options from the Gold Coast to the Whitsundays with the unbridled excitement of a kid on Christmas Day.

Allowing a person to combine a love of the water, national parks and wildlife makes kayaking the perfect hobby, social activity or sport for all who have an affinity with nature and water. Pulling up the kayak to the shore for a swim to cool off and a picnic lunch just make this a wonderful activity for no cost if you own your own kayak or for a small cost if you don't.

I recommend hiring before buying and Currumbin Boatshed make it easy by offering hire for an hour or two or a day, making it easy to fit any budget. Alternatively, there are a few companies that offer kayaking tours and offer half or full day kayak trips to Loders Creek or Wavebreak and Stradbroke Islands just to name a few.

kayaking, Gold Coast, broadwater

Kayaking is perfect for anyone of any age, weight or fitness. The trick is getting the right kayak to suit your body and planned activities. If you are particularly tall or large, check with the hire place or tour office and ask for a kayak to suit you for the best possible experience.

Options for Hire or Guided Tours include:
Currumbin Boatshed offer kayak hire by the hour or the day for a do-it-yourself trip down Currumbin Creek - just pay the reasonable fee, jump in the kayak and off you go.

Australian Kayaking Adventures offer Half Day Guided Kayak Tours to Stradbroke and Wavebreak Island and Sunset/Twilight Tours.
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Why? For fun, fitness, wildlife, great scenery and adventure
When: Anytime
Where: Anywhere there is water
Cost: Free if you have your own kayak or a small fee if you wish to hire one
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