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Top Places to Kayak in Brisbane

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by S Lynn (subscribe)
A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published January 9th 2013
Where can I kayak in Brisbane?
There is something incredibly serene about gliding in the ocean or lake on a kayak. It is a combination of pure entertainment and exercise to ensure our health & well-being.

Pic from Peter & Joyce Grace

We were contemplating buying a kayak the other day when we saw an affordable double inflatable kayak for sale in our local suburb. I live next to the sea, so I knew where I could go to enjoy a kayaking adventure but that got me thinking; where are the other kayaking places in Brisbane? And what if I don't own my own kayak? Can I rent one and where?

Pic from Squaw Valley Lodge

After a bit of research, if you don't own your own kayak, there are a few places to go below where you can rent one:

1) Riverlife Kayak down the Brisbane river from the Kangaroo Cliffs. Hire a kayak for 1.5 hours for $25 per person or join a day instruction session for $39 per person. If you have a romantic streak, night kayaking is available as well.

2) Scarborough Pirate Park rents out kayaks as well as paddle boats every weekend at Scarborough Beach during the school holidays, directly opposite 89 Landsborough Ave for $15 per person.

3) Kayak hire Brisbane delivers rental kayaks on the Northern side of Brisbane for $25 with a beach delivery service if you don't have a vehicle that can transport kayaks. If you hire a kayak on a Saturday, you can go fishing to enter their Catch of the Day competition to win a free kayak hire.

4) Located 50 minutes from Brisbane CBD, why not take an island tour of Russell Island? You have access to panaromic views across Stradbroke Island and Moreton Bay.

5) Redlands Kayak Tour allows you the flexibility to paddle for either one and a half hours or three hours. A standard kayak tour is around $69 per person.

Pic from Tobias Terier

If you already own your own kayak, your choices are less limited. Have you bought a kayak with visions of kayaking every weekend but somehow things keep cropping up and you never get around to it? There is no excuse when you don't have to travel far to enjoy some quality outdoor kayaking time. Replace it with your gym routine and enjoy the delights of Mother Nature as fresh air whips across your face. Some popular spots include:

1) The Woody Point/Clontarf/Redcliffe area.
It is nice to kayak here on calm, tranquil days as the sea is friendly, clear blue and welcoming. However, it is not so pleasant after it has been raining and when the tide is high as the colour of the ocean turns from shimmery aqua to muddy dull brown.

2) Springfield Lakes is the best option if you live on the West and don't feel like driving to the Coast. Regatta Lake an artificial man-made lake and part of the 23 hectares of tranquil lakes and waterways.

3) Tangalooma Wrecks, Moreton Island.
If you are not keen to swim the short distance to the wrecks (it looks like a short distance but feels like a long way when you are actually in the water) or pay to hire a boat, kayaking is a great option to get to the wrecks and take time out under the water by going for a snorkel. Combine a weekend kayak trip with an enjoyable time with the colourful fish and you tick both the healthy and entertaining boxes yet once again.

4) Wellington Point.
You may be lucky if you manage to sight a dolphin or turtle while kayaking and it is a great fishing spot, mostly with snapper.

5) If you live in North Brisbane, you can kayak at Boondall Wetlands.
It is perfect for birdwatching and looking at other wildlife such as flying foxes, bats, possums and squirrel gliders. There are volunteer guides available if you would like a tour of the wetlands at the Boondall Wetlands Environmental Centre.

6) Wivenhoe Dam.
Built on the Brisbane River approximately 80km from the CBD, Wivenhoe Dam is home to Lake Wivenhoe which is a camping and outdoor recreation destination. Non-powered boating is allowed with a permit. If you like fishing, Lake Wivenhoe has its best season from April to October.
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Why? Kayak for pure entertainment
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Where: Brisbane
Cost: $10-$25
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Great article on kayaking and certainly encouraging me take it up. Hey.... but then I discovered all your other articles very interesting and inspiring.....keep up the great reports.


by markw (score: 0|5) 2733 days ago
Another great place to kayak is on Bulimba Creek. there is a launching place in Minnipi Park, Carina
by Sharee Cordes (score: 1|33) 2733 days ago
Kayakers who have their own kayak can also tag along with Redlands Kayak Tours for a cost. It's a good way to get on the water with a group of people, especially if you're new to kayaking. And they occasionally do some very challenging kayak tours which are for experienced kayakers - today there's a 6 hour trip up Tingalpa Creek, for example.
by Cheryl Goodenough (score: 2|128) 2733 days ago
Thanks Cheryl and Sharee for your input.
by S Lynn (score: 1|83) 2732 days ago
With really interesting waterways in southern Moreton Bay I would like to now more about kayaking from places like Cabbage Tree Point, Steiglitz and Jacobs Well into the marine parks and islands just off the coast. Any experienced in this area? Anne
by amh (score: 0|4) 2730 days ago
Your article for kayaking Brisbane
You list 2 places in Brisbane all the others aren't in Brisbane....
by deaco (score: 0|2) 996 days ago
Good comprehensive article. Thank you. Kayak Fun are new to the industry since this article was written. Andrew is their very experienced guide taking small groups to different waterways around Brisbane. With the choice of single or double kayaks less experienced paddler can pair up with more experienced ones making it easy for children and adults with basic fitness. See
by karen (score: 0|2) 844 days ago
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