Best kayak adventures around Brisbane - Visit Brisbane


Best kayak adventures around Brisbane

Have a penchant for paddling? There are plenty of wonderful waterways and river reaches around Brisbane to explore, where a kayak adventure will open your eyes to all the superb natural and urban landscapes our region has to offer. Read on for some of our favourite spots and where to hire a kayak or join a tour.

Brisbane River

The Brisbane River wraps itself around the CBD and inner suburbs, affording you spectacular views of the city skyline, Story Bridge, South Bank and luxurious waterfront homes from the seat of a kayak. Twilight tours in illuminated kayaks are available here.

Join Riverlife on a 2-hour kayak session or a personal training kayak session for only $25, or paddle up Tingalpa Creek with a guided kayak tour from Kayak Fun for $55 per person.

Moreton Island

Sunken wrecks are a star attraction on Moreton Island, where you will find teeming fish life and coral outcrops. Transparent kayaking is popular here, including night-time paddle experiences with lighting that allow you to view the wrecks’ marine life after dark.

Australian Sunset Safaris has a fleet of transparent kayaks for daytime hire starting at $35 per hour, whereas night-time tours are fully guided and start at $60 pp. You can also choose to hire a tandem kayak for a $17.5 pp or to go on a guided tour with Tangatours.  

Redlands Coast

Variety is the spice of life in this area where a paddling expedition will find you exploring hidden creeks, through mangroves, off sandy beaches while out-of-the-way islands beckon just offshore. Join a tour with Redlands Kayak Tours and paddle through the blue waters of Moreton Bay, go for a paddle in Coochiemudlo Island with Coochie Boat Hire, or hire from Bay Island Stand Up Paddle Board and Kayak Hire.

North Stradbroke Island

The calm waters around Amity Point and Dunwich are perfect for the chance to spot fish, turtles, stingrays, dolphins and dugongs. Straddie Kingfisher Tours can take you on a couple of different kayaking tours as part of their range of island adventures, including the Treasure Island Tour which takes you out to sea from Amity point on a journey to observe Wobbegong sharks, pelagic fish and sea urchins. Experienced paddlers can join their kayak tour to Peel Island and see the shipwreck of the Platypus, which sank in 1930.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding at North Stradbroke Island, Brisbane

On calm days head down to Flinders Beach (behind the Adder Rock campground) and hire a stand-up paddleboard to hit the waves, or get in touch with Straddie Stand Up Paddle and learn to SUP on calmer waters. 

Enoggera Reservoir, Brisbane North

Located at the base of D'Aguilar National Park, Enoggera Reservoir gives you the chance to get back to nature with eagles, lungfish, echidnas and koalas among other animals often spotted here.

Explore on the water with Walkabout Creek Adventures’ kayak tours. For a short tour and a bit of an adventure, check out its hour-long package – half tour, half hire. For a longer, guided tour of the lake for wildlife spotting and location exploring, eye off the hour-and-a-half option.

Pumicestone Passage, Moreton Bay Region

Jump on the kayak with Bribie Island Hut Hire and explore a fascinating system of channels, sandbanks and islands in this pristine passage between the mainland and Bribie Island. Get up close and personal to dugongs, dolphins, turtles and an amazing array of migratory and resident shorebirds.

Manly, Brisbane bayside

Take a paddle through Manly Boat Harbour and view all the motor cruisers and yachts of all shapes and sizes, or head out into Moreton Bay and discover the many islands offshore. Keep an eye out for dolphins and dugongs. Moreton Bay Hire Boats has single ($40 per day) or double kayaks ($60 per day) available for hire.

Lake Moogerah, Scenic Rim

Expansive, picturesque and surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Scenic Rim, Lake Moogerah’s blue waters are perfect for a paddle. Lake Moogerah Caravan park offers single or double kayaks to hire by the hour or half-day.

BYO kayak

Read on for some fabulous out-of-the-way places to launch your kayak.

Lake Wyaralong, Scenic Rim

Home to an Olympic-standard rowing course and regular regattas, Lake Wyaralong is perfect for paddling, fishing, a picnic or a bushwalk. Pop into the Overflow Estate 1895 on the lake foreshore for a glass of wine or to peruse their cellar door.

Lake Somerset, Somerset

This expansive dam is popular for water sports and has a number of areas from which you can launch a kayak. Make a weekend of it by staying at one of the private campgrounds, holiday houses or retreats located in the area.


You get spoiled for choice here with two rivers that offer captivating kayaking journeys of up to 25km in length, ripe for exploring.

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