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.
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.
Bribie Island Hut Hire.
Launch a kayak here and you have the chance to spot loggerhead or green turtles, dolphins, stingrays and, occasionally, dugongs. Coast alongside the peninsula’s beaches and points, protected from the surf by Moreton Bay’s outer islands, before taking a peek in Hays Inlet - a secluded mangrove-lined estuary regarded as an internationally-recognised wader bird habitat.
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
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.
Tour company: Redlands Kayak Tours
Hire companies: Bay Island Stand Up Paddle Board and Kayak Hire, Coochie Boat Hire
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.
Tour companies: Australian Sunset Safaris, Tangatours
The calm waters around Amity Point and Dunwich are perfect for the chance to spot fish, turtles, stingrays, dolphins and dugongs.
Tour company: Straddie Kingfisher Tours
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.
Tour companies: Riverlife, Kayak Fun
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.
Tour and hire company: Walkabout Creek Adventures
Expansive, picturesque and surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Scenic Rim, Lake Moogerah’s blue waters are perfect for a paddle.
Hire company: Lake Moogerah Caravan park
Read on for some fabulous out-of-the-way places to launch your kayak.
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.
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.