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Harbour Kayak Adventure

Glebe, Australia

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Experience hosted by Matt

3.5 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Come enjoy a morning sea kayak adventure on Sydney's beautiful harbour. No engine noise or fumes, just the sound of your paddle in the water and the sea birds squawking above! We'll experience the built environs and get up close and personal with many of the harbour's natural wonders and marine inhabitants. We'll paddle to the center of the harbour where we'll get some photos of you framed by the Harbour Bridge (I'm a professional photographer in my other job so expect good pics - no charge of course!) We'll then land and explore Goat Island (Memel in the local Aboriginal Language) before paddling back via Darling Harbour. Goat Island is closed to the public and landing is by special permit only. Your permit is arranged for you and included as part of the tour.

After we're finished your welcome to have a hot shower before treating yourself to a great lunch at the famous Sydney Fish Market a short walk away. There are also lot's of excellent lunch options minutes away on the famous Glebe Point Road or treat yourself to something really special at the Tramsheds.

Our boatshed is easy to get to with plenty of free street parking nearby.

We're the only kayak tour run by qualified kayakers that use REAL sea kayaks and top notch carbon fibre paddles. HAVE A PROPER ADVENTURE!

Check out our Instagram experience page for more photos:

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Other things to note
Wear a long-sleeved shirt or sports top and shorts and shoes that can get wet, as well as a hat and sunscreen. Synthetic clothes are best. Bring a full change of clothes and a towel for when we finish
Come enjoy a morning sea kayak adventure on Sydney's beautiful harbour. No engine noise or fumes, just the sound of your paddle in the water and the sea birds squawking above! We'll experience the built environs and get up close and personal with many of the harbour's natural wonders and marine inhabitants. We'll paddle to the center of the harbour where we'll get some photos of you framed by the Harbour Bridge (I'm a professional photographer in…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    All my sea kayaks are pro level composites. I have double and single kayaks...
From $92
/ person
Wed, Nov 25
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
$91 per person
$91 per person
Fri, Nov 27
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
$95 per person
$95 per person
Sun, Nov 29
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
$92 per person
$92 per person

Meet your host, Matt

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 618 Reviews
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A qualified kayak instructor and guide with over 15 years experience I've led expeditions from Far North Queensland, across Bass Strait and around the bottom of Tasmania. The Harbour is a favourite!
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Where you'll be

We'll meet by the harbour at Blackwattle Bay. We'll kayak under Anzac bridge, along White Bay and into Darling Harbour. We'll see Barrangaroo, The Opera House and of course the Sydney Harbour Bridge. We'll paddle to Goat Island (Memel) where we'll land in a secret cove before exploring this very special place on foot. Goat Island has some of Sydney's oldest sandstone buildings, some remnant native bushland and lots of wildlife.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 618 reviews.

Shereena
November 2020
Active and rewarding experience whilst spending some quality time with a partner! Matt was super friendly and knowledgeable, you could definitely sense the passion within his storytelling. He taught us the ropes of kayaking - and safety was top priority. Overall we enjoyed the experience from a much different perspective of the harbour, thank you Matt!
Active and rewarding experience whilst spending some quality time with a partner! Matt was super friendly and knowledgeable, you could definitely sense the passion within his story…
Isabela
September 2020
If I could give more than 5-stars, I would. Matt kindly accepted my request to have a sunrise paddle for my partner’s birthday and we had the privilege of having basically a private tour guided by Daniel, who was the friendliest and coolest instructor we could have asked for to start the day! As a big bonus, the equipment was top notch (have I mentioned the carbon fiber paddles?). I was a bit worried about the ferries and other boats but Daniel was always clear about what to do, how to do it and when to do it to ensure that we had a great (and safe) time. He adjusted the itinerary to our level and was just as amazing a guide as he was as an instructor! Can’t recommend this enough (including the last sprint if you feel up for it! 😂). Thank you thank you thank you - you guys are the best!
If I could give more than 5-stars, I would. Matt kindly accepted my request to have a sunrise paddle for my partner’s birthday and we had the privilege of having basically a privat…
Zoe
March 2020
I joined the trip alone but immediately felt welcome and like I was with friends. Probably going to be the highlight of my few days in Sydney. So worth the money! If you’re thinking about it then just book on - you won’t regret!
Cat
March 2020
Me and my boyfriend did the kayaking, it was a great experience and adventure and we’re glad we did it! Matt was very friendly and helpful and he had lots of interesting stories. Would definitely recommend!
Bert
March 2020
Awesome kayak experience in the middle of Sydney's harbor! Got some great photos of the Sydney bridge that you can't get on land. Explored Goat Island that can only be done by permit (just this tour as far as I know). The equipment (boats & paddles) was great. Matt was very knowledgeable about the history of Sydney and all the changes that have and are still happening with the harbor. While we tried to surf some of the waves like Matt (couldn't come close), our paddling technique greatly improved due to his coaching!
Awesome kayak experience in the middle of Sydney's harbor! Got some great photos of the Sydney bridge that you can't get on land. Explored Goat Island that can only be done by perm…
Odin
February 2020
Me and my mom had never kayaked before but Matt being a seasoned instructor got us up to speed in no time, he taught us what to do if we capsize and how to never capsize. He was also passionate about history and told us many things about the history of Sydney. Would highly recommend this to anyone.
Me and my mom had never kayaked before but Matt being a seasoned instructor got us up to speed in no time, he taught us what to do if we capsize and how to never capsize. He was a…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 15 and up can attend.

What to bring

Change of clothes for when you get back

Shorts & footware that you can get wet