Just in case you hadn’t noticed, SEQ 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.
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. Just be careful you don't fall in—that water really is as bad as it looks. Get all the deets, here.
WalkAbout 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.
Just a 25-minute trip to Brisbane’s north, you can take yourself on an adventure through the abundant waters of Scarborough and Redcliffe Peninsula. In Scarborough, you'll spot stingrays, crabs and other marine life in the still waters at low tide, while the Redcliffe Jetty location is perfect to zig zag in and out of the pier. Hire your kayak, here.
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.
Golden Beach Hire
This shallow enclosed waterway between the mainland and Bribie Island is made for tranquil kayaking adventures. Take a leisurely paddle through mangrove systems and seagrass beds which are a breeding ground for turtles, birds and wildlife. You might even spot a bashful dugong. Hire your kayak here.
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.
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.
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Image credit: Tangalooma Island Resort