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Top Places to Kayak in Perth

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by S Lynn (subscribe)
A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published December 21st 2015
Where Can I Kayak in Perth?
Now that the temperature is rising and summer is here, the next couple of months pose the perfect opportunity for water sports. If you don't have a boating licence, the easiest water sport to take up is kayaking.

Pic from Steve Hillebrand Wikimedia

Combining exercise, serenity and pure enjoyment, kayaking is the perfect way to spend your weekend. If you own a kayak, you are spoilt for choice with the magnificent Swan River where you can either kayak past beautiful canal homes, the city skyline, pretty birds and the occasional beautiful dolphin.

Some popular spots include:

1) Ascot Waters

This is my favourite spot as this is a quiet, relaxing residential area around an island. You can kayak past beautiful, expensive houses and you might even glimpse a few herons and pelicans as you kayak past. If you are lucky, you might even spot some dolphins near the canals.

2) Mandurah Canal
If I lived in Mandurah, I would come here every week. Popular with boats and a dolphin canal cruise, you have high chances of kayaking next to dolphins as you kayak through the canals, past beautiful homes.

3) North Fremantle

If you live near Fremantle, there is a reserve at Johanna Street just upstream of Stirling Bridge. After a paddle, you can even socialise at the pub (Left Bank) or the Red Herring restaurant.

Pic from Steve Hillebrand Wikimedia

4) South Perth
This is the best place to view the city skyline and it is in easy reach of restaurants and cafes if you would like to take a break. If you paddle at sunset, you may be able to view the lights as they come on in the city, casting a beautiful silhouette over the landscape.

5) Peppermint Grove
Located at Freshwater Bay, this is a sheltered bay ideal for children. You may even glimpse beautiful homes as you kayak past.

6) Kalbarri National Park
If you prefer kayaking in the river, the Murchison River at Kalbarri National Park will lead you through an outback landscape and beautiful rock formations. You may even see some wildflowers between July and October.

7) Penguin Island, Rockingham
If you are into sea kayaking, meet penguins and sea lions as you kayak across to Penguin Island from the Rockingham shore. It may take a bit of effort, but the journey is definitely worth it.

So, what if you don't own your own equipment? Don't worry, there are plenty of places that hire kayaks either per hour or for the day or you can join a tour as well.

See below for some of the options:

1) Water Wanderers
Water Wanderers run kayaking tours around Perth. Some of their tours include the city sunset tour ($79) which is a 2 and a half hour tour along the South Perth shoreline, an East Perth tour ($60) that takes you to Claisebrook Cove and Herisson Inlet and their Ascot Waters tour. For more information, view their website at

Pic from about bike hire

2) About Bike Hire
Located on the Swan River, you can launch the kayak straight after hiring, saving time. They have a range of single and double sit-on kayaks. Prices start from $16 for an hour. Visit their website at for more information. The hire shop is at 305 Riverside Drive, East Perth at the Point Fraser City of Perth car park.

3) Funcats
Funcats is available at Coode Street, South Perth. A single kayak costs $20 for an hour and a double kayak costs $30 an hour. They also rent out stand up paddle boards and catamaran. Visit their website at for more information.

4) Rivergods
Rivergods Kayak Adventures organize kayaking tours on Canning River and Penguin Island but they also hire kayaks out for $60 a day. They also have multi-day kayaking tours outside of Perth at Monkey Mia and the Ningaloo Reef. Visit their website at for more information.

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Why? Great summer fun
When: Summer
Where: Perth
Cost: $16-$80
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Love kayaking. Some nice options here
by Rota (score: 2|717) 1795 days ago
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