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Kayaking in Sydney Harbour

For a healthy, action-packed study break, nothing beats kayaking on Sydney Harbour.

You’ve come all the way to Sydney to get a University degree. And while you don’t want to let anything distract you from your studies, you’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t take some time out to explore Sydney’s incredible bluewater harbour.

One of the most exciting, healthy and safest ways to see Sydney Harbour is on a kayak. Despite its colossal size ( approximately 562,000 megalitres of water), there are so many surrounding headlands that you’d be hard-pressed to find a day when it’s too windy to use a kayak. And it’s just so pretty.

There are harbour beaches that you can only access by water, and real wilderness situations within 7km of the city where you can’t see houses or any kind of infrastructure at all. There are also extremely healthy mangrove systems you can only explore by kayak because of the extremely shallow water.

One of the best places to get stated is The Spit Bridge at Middle Harbour in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney. It’s the headquarters of Sydney Harbour Kayak, a 20-year-old company that hires one and two-man kayaks, and offers a variety of kayaking lessons.

“We offer free beginner lessons every Saturday from 9am-12pm,” says owner Shannon O’Brien. “It’s for people who’ve never kayaked before so they can come and learn in a safe environment with an experienced instructor. The lessons fill up very quickly so bookings are required and you need to pay to hire a kayak. “We also do all-day sea kayaking courses for intermediate paddlers on Sundays. We start at 8:30am and finish at 4 or 5 in the afternoon.

You need to bring your own lunch, $120 for the class and $60 to hire a kayak.” Alternatively, you can hire a kayak, life vest and paddle for just $20 an hour.

For more information, call (02) 9969 4590 or visit

Image: Courtesy of NSW Tourism

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