Canoeing & Kayaking the Shoalhaven

The waters of the Shoalhaven are paddling heaven with its extensive network of rivers, estuaries, lakes and beaches. The world is a gentler place when viewed from a kayak skimming over some of the cleanest water on the planet and exploring nature’s best-kept secrets. With over 100 beaches, 170km of coastline and a miryad of waterways, you’re sure to find your own favourite. The Shoalhaven has some of the most spectacular kayaking locations in the world, so we wanted to compile all the most important kayaking information in one place to get our keen kayakers started on planning their adventures. We have put together a Map of Shoalhaven kayaking launch spots so you can find great places to launch your kayak, or scroll down to the bottom of the page to download our full kayaking guide.

If you are heading into the ocean, there are many important things you should know before venturing out. Please take the time to review the Australian National Guidelines for Whales and Dolphin Watching and look at the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations from the federal government. We want everyone to have fun in the sea, which means our marine animals too! Being mindful ensures that we are never interfering with feeding and mating habits. We also care deeply about your safety so please read the RMS Safety Information for kayaks and Paddlesafe Waterways Guide before adventuring, especially if you are new to the sport.

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The white sands and crystal clear water of Jervis Bay, make paddling a dream. With sixteen white sand beaches to explore and a huge array of marine life and geology, a paddle around Jervis Bay is a pretty magical experience. Hire a kayak or take a guided tour with Jervis Bay Kayaks and Paddlesports or Sea Kayak Jervis Bay at Huskisson to cruise around the bay. Head south towards Booderee or north toward Callala and Currambene Creek and keep an eye out for dolphins and whales. Take some snorkelling gear for when you pull in at the beaches and make the most of being in this unique marine environment. For the moe experienced, who want a more epic adventure, the sea cliffs of Bowen Isldand and Point Perpendicular are a wild ride in a kayak but offer some pretty incredible sheer cliffs and caves to explore.

Whether you’re after a lazy few hours paddling near town on the Kangaroo River or want to take on an epic 4 day camp and canoeing adventure, Kangaroo Valley has super easy hire options, try Kangaroo Valley Kayaks or Kangaroo Valley Safaris. Paddle away from civilisation through beautiful escarpments and unspoilt wilderness, only accessible from the water. Bendeela, Tallowa Dam and the Upper Shoalhaven River are all great destinations from the valley.

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Camping at Gradys Riverside Retreat Burrier
Grady's Riverside Retreat is set on 17 acres amongst the peaceful bank of the Shoalhaven River surrounded by trees, shrubs, nature and a beautiful clear
Relaxing on Jervis Bay
Take advantage of the stunning water and landscapes of Jervis Bay on and along the water. Try out something new or get comfortable in the
Disabled Access Vessel
Jervis Bay is renowned for its natural beauty and extraordinary wildlife, such as dolphins, seals, sea birds, fairy penguins and migrating whales (from May through
Kangaroo Valley Kayaks
Kangaroo Valley Kayaks is located at Kangaroo Valley Tourist Park, offering a kayaking and canoeing adventure of the Kangaroo River. All kayak hire includes quality
Kangaroo Valley Safaris Kayak Hire
Award winning Kangaroo Valley Safaris Kayak and Canoe Hire specialise in self guided eco kayak and canoe safaris. Enjoy the peace and the wildlife of
Lake Conjola Post Office Store
Take time out to enjoy the waters of Lake Conjola. Hire a boat for a couple of hours or half a day and explore the
sit in and sit on kayaks for hire
Nowra Kayak Hire is located in Bomaderry, just up from the train station.
Booderee National Park full day sea kayak hire
Sea Kayak Jervis Bay have been servicing the Adventure Tourism Market in the Shoalhaven Region for over 20 years. Fully Accredited Instructors and Guides operate