As the saying goes—if you didn’t SUP, did you even do Sydney right? This water sport is fast becoming the ultimate water antic and though we may not have the flawless style of the ancient Hawaiians who paddled from island to island, we defs have the humour to pull off a (not so) graceful stack. Or five.
We know you’re well across the usual suspects (here’s to you harbour board hires) being the informed legends you are. But we’ve added some extra gems so you can step up your SUP game.
Here are the best places to stand up paddle board in Sydney.
One word: location. We don’t need to tell you that Manly Kayak Centre is the one of Sydney’s best spots to get your stand up baddle board on. Because paddling in and around moored yachts and hidden coves is always a go in our books.
For the un-co and the speed demons, Point Piper Kayak Hire is boasting all the boards (from foamies to the full-blown hard epoxy) and all the vaycay vibes, which is really what we’re going for. Studded right on the shore and neighbouring Rose Bay Park, this little nook is protected from the wind so you can guarantee you’ll have perf conditions all year ‘round.
If you’re looking to make a day of it, the bright blue old school Boatshed at Woronora River is another one of Sydney’s best places to hit up for a cheeky SUP session (they also boast awesome feeds and we all know that’s a major party pleaser). This one is situated right on the river and is literally home to the most tranquil vibes ever.
It’s an oldie but an absolute goodie at that. You know the drill Sydney. Located on the esplanade in the always picturesque Middle Harbour area, Balmoral Boatshed allows you to rent boards by the hour, half day or full day. And hey, should you work up an appetite (and you will), the iconic Boathouse Cafe is just a few paddles away.
There’s not much Jamieson Park Paddle doesn’t do. You can free-paddle on the wide open Narabeen Lake, harness your inner-athlete (or lack therof) and compete in their Sunday morning time trials, book lessons and even get your dose of SUP yoga. Because core-strength guys.
The Basin Estuary
The Basin lagoon is rightfully famous for its turquoise waters and known for being one of the top areas for camping. Which means it’s also the perfect place to do a little spot of stand up paddle boarding. Sheltered from wind, waves and boats, you’ll have allll the space to paddle around without an audience… because we all know multiple stacks are inevitable.
Tony Henry’s Avalon SUP is placed in a prime location on the calm shoreline of Clareville Beach. You can book lessons, rent a board and go on your own mini adventure, step-up your fitness regime and join their daily paddle squad or do SUP yoga. But the real excitement lies with their twilight paddle tours. Think bright LED lights on the bottom of your board that lights up the water as you paddle (we think now’s a good time to invest in that GoPro).
Malabar Bay and Frenchmans Bay
Malabar Bay is one of Sydney’s best stand up paddle boarding playgrounds and to be honest, the team here are absolute legends who’ll no doubt make you fall in love with the sport. There are group lessons (so you can reel in the laughs as all your mates capsize), private lessons in case you want to fine-tune your basic-board skills and early morning fitness classes that are super easy to scrape in before work or uni. And yes, you’ll probs be a pro by the end of it.
Bless the epic crew here who have brought monster SUP to our shores and our lives. Yes, it’s even better than it sounds. Expect an 18ft paddle board capable of fitting eight adults on it at the one time. It’s the perfect recipe for insanely good times and you know it. To top it off, there are flat water classes and these guys can even teach you how to stand up paddle surf!
Nepean River SUP
If you’re looking to SUP out of the big smoke surrounds, the Nepean River is your best bet (because an endless stretch of bush is always a yes). Guided river tours are up for grabs or you can make your own way around with personal hire for an hour, two hours, half a day or a full day.
It’s no news to you that Bundeena is home to pretty much all the adventures ever (cue fishing, hiking, kayaking, swimming, camping etc.). Based on the beachfront in southern Sydney, this place is another beauty for paddling since it borders ocean bays and beaches.
Watsons Bay SUP
We’re all about practicality and there’s nothing more practical then SUP-ing right outside one of Sydney’s best harbour bars and eateries (what’s up Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel). And let’s be honest, you hang around here almost every weekend anyway so paddling by day and drinking Pimm’s by night just makes sense, okay. More details here.
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