Activities & Itineraries

The Absolute Best Places To Go Kayaking In Brisbane

By Caitlin Bennett
30th May 2018


Just in case you hadn’t noticed, Brisbane is the ultimate water sports playground! The Brisbane River meanders through our CBD into a plethora of waterways, which are sprinkled with subtropical sand islands. This means that Brisbane’s best kayaking spots are just a stone’s throw from the city.

So much to explore, so little time! We’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up the best places to dip your toes and drop in your kayak around Brisbane.

Kangaroo Point


Admire cliff faces and cityscapes as you cruise under the Story Bridge or up to South Bank from Kangaroo Point. It’s just so central, and they have a huge range of day and night time tours. Paddle and Prawns on a Friday night anyone? Get all the deets, here.

Enoggera Reservoir

Walk About Creek Adventures

Brisbane’s earliest water storage damn is our picture-perfect picnicking, swimming and kayaking spot. Paddle into the Enoggerra Reservoir from Walkabout Creek and layout on the grassy banks for some post workout R&R. Get all the info, here.


Kayak Hire Brisbane

Just a 25-minute trip to Brisbane’s north, you can take a guided tour through Hays inlet or take your own adventure through the abundant waters of Scarborough and Redcliffe Peninsula. Hire your kayak, here.


Surf Connect

With some of the best sea breezes in town, you can either hire a kayak or learn to wind and kitesurf at Surf Connect. For a post-workout energy reboot, drop into Doug’s Seafood Café for their famous fish and chips, then stroll on up Flinders Parade to the recently refurbed Shorncliffe Pier. Get all the details here.

Pumicestone Passage

Blue Water Kayak Tours

This shallow enclosed waterway between the mainland and Bribie Island is made for tranquil kayaking adventures. Take a guided eco tour through mangrove systems and seagrass beds which are a breeding ground for turtles, birds and wildlife. You might even spot a bashful dugong! Book your spot here.

Moreton Island

Tangalooma Wrecks Kayak Tours and Hire

The heritage listed sunken shipwrecks at Tangalooma are a haven for colourful subtropical reef fish, turtles, stingrays and wobbegongs. Never fear capsizing as you lean over for an underwater peek.  These guys offer transparent kayaks to navigate the crystal blue waters. Genius! Book your tour or hire equipment right here.

Manly Harbour

Moreton Bay Hire Boats

This is where Brisbane meets the bay. Kayak alongside the luxury yachts and catamarans as you venture straight out into Moreton Bay from Manly Harbour. The calm waters are perfect for stand up paddle boards too! For all the details, click here.


Redlands Kayak Tours

Watch the sunrise over Stradbroke Island and tour the Redlands most scenic locations from Tingalpa Creek, to Victoria Point, Cleveland Point and Coochiemudlo Island. Also enjoy the reflections of city lights on the water with their full moon tour for experienced kayakers. To book a tour in, click here.

North Stradbroke Island

Straddie Kingfisher Tours

Ah yes, our local island getaway. Straddie is made for nostalgic summer adventures and whale watching winters. Jump aboard a kayak and take a tour of Amity Point, Myora Point, Shag Rock, Peel Island and Brown Lake for a freshwater spin. For more info click here.

Outdoor activities not your bag? Riase your heart rate at one of Brisbane's best Pilates classes.

Image credit: Nil Castellvi via Unsplash

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