Activities & Itineraries

The Absolute Best Places To Go Kayaking Around The Sunshine Coast

By Caitlin Bennett - 30 May 2018


Just in case you hadn’t noticed, the Sunshine Coast is the ultimate water sports playground! Our home is littered with a plethora of hidden waterways, which are sprinkled with subtropical sand islands. Basically it's a kayaking dream. 

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 the Sunshine Coast. 

Pumicestone Passage

Upstream Paddle 

This piece of magical waterway heaven is a kayaking utopia and is right here on our southern doorstep. Stretching for 35kms (yeah, the goodness just keeps going and going!) from Caloundra’s tail end to Deception Bay, this ecological estuary features an array of lush marine life such as dugongs, dolphins, and turtles, and is a bird-watchers wonderland. And with views of the Glass House Mountains, you won’t ever want to go home! Unless you’re tired of course. Take off from Golden Beach, and depending on how much energy you have to burn, start heading where the adventure takes you. There’s plenty of sandbars to stop at so make sure you take ample supplies for refuelling. Get all the deets here

Cotton Tree

Sunshine Watercraft 

You only have to head down to the turquoise waters of this tourist hot spot to see why Cotton Tree ranks as one of the best kayaking spots on the Sunshine Coast. Park at the pool and head out to the front of the caravan park to find the ultimate flat-water, board-gliding haven. There’s plenty of blue waters to cruise and people watching to amuse. The more advanced can catch a few waves at the river mouth, but if you’re still a bit wobbly Sunshine Watercraft can provide you with a crash course. 

Noosa River

Kayak Noosa 

The spectacular blue waters of this pristine aquatic corridor extend from the river mouth through to Lake Cooroibah and further into the waters of Lake Cootharaba, before continuing north to the Noosa Everglades, which is part of the Great Sandy National Park. If the swell is gentle enough, Noosa Main Beach is also a top spot and provides endless clear waters and deep-breathing opportunities. Sounds like perfect doesn't it?! Get all your deets here

Kangaroo Point


Admire the cliff faces and cityscapes of Brisbane 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 55-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.

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.

Ok so you love outdoor activities don't you? We've rounded up the best hikes on the Sunshine Coast here. We've also rounded up the best running tracks on the Sunshine Coast here. What about checking out the best day adventures on the Sunshine Coast here. #outdoorobsessed 

Image credit: Nil Castellvi via Unsplash

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