Pick up a paddle for fitness and fun
Scenic waterways and sunny days – a perfect marriage for kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding. These recreational activities are growing in popularity in Western Australia and there are superb locations across the State, including some where you can hire gear, with the option of paddling alone or enjoying a guided tour. It’s an excellent way to build fitness and explore.
Around Perth, there are some great trails. On the Swan River, the RAC recommends North Fremantle to Chidley Reserve, Mosman Park or Maylands to East Perth or Ascot.
Exploring the upper reaches of the Canning River in Perth is another opportunity to enjoy, setting off from the Riverton Canoe Launch on the south side of the Riverton Bridge.
Further south, the Murray River is popular with experienced paddlers tackling the 17km section from Pinjarra to Ravenswood, with others happy to complete a section or two.
In WA’s southern forest region, the Frankland River offers spectacular paddling. The Denmark River and Wilson Inlet also have much to delight.
Protected waters at Shark Bay and Ningaloo on WA’s stunningly beautiful Coral coast also rank highly. As with any water sports, safety is paramount. More information on recreational paddling here.