Sydney Harbour is considered by many to be the most beautiful harbour in the world. With more than 300 kms of shoreline dotted with sandy beaches, and a backdrop of Australia’s colourful and unique flora, we guarantee you’ll love paddle boarding at Sydney Harbour.
For Sydney-siders the harbour is their aquatic playground where they picnic with friends, relax with variety of recreational boating activities, or get fit with an exciting choice of water sports. The exquisitely beautiful, natural harbour is home to an abundant variety of sea life attracted by the clean and sheltered waters – a perfect spot to SUP and explore.
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Manly Kayak Centre is located at Manly on the northern shores of Sydney Harbour. Manly is the gateway to the stunning Northern Beaches area, and across a sand spit which joins the harbour to the open ocean, is the world famous Manly Beach, an established surfing destination and mecca for fun-seekers. Sydney harbour is also a favourite stop for migrating Humpback whales, and dolphins are frequent visitors to the fertile and warm waters.
SUP in Sydney Harbour for an eye opening paddle boarding experience.
Paddleboarding with Manly Kayak Centre allows paddlers a unique perspective of the Harbour. One of the most popular paddle destinations is Store Beach, a sheltered beach only accessible by water. Store Beach has crystal clear waters, a golden sand beach with a natural bush backdrop and thanks to the sheltered location, it makes a great SUP spot for all abilities. Hidden from the hustle and bustle of Manly’s busy centre, this wonderfully secluded beach is more akin to a remote island than a Sydney beach destination!
- .To get to Manly from the City, simply catch a Manly Ferry from Circular Quay. The trip takes about 30 minutes and is a great way to see the magnificent harbour
- .Once you’ve arrived at Manly, you can hire paddle boards from Manly Kayak Centre on East Pier of Manly Wharf, and explore the North Harbour area. Advance bookings are recommended all year round
- .Manly Kayak Centre will launch your SUP from their Wharf location following a full area briefing. Paddle from this point heading east along East Manly Cove Beach, following the shoreline past Smedley’s Beach, to travel around Smedley’s Point. Continuing along the shore the first beach you will come to after the point is Little Manly, where you’ll find a kiosk for refreshments.
- .Leave Little Manly beach continuing east round Little Manly Point. Ahead you’ll see Collins Flat Beach which is approximately half the size of Little Manly, and home to one of Sydney’s well-loved waterfalls
- .After Collins Flat, continuing in the same direction (clockwise around the harbour), the next beach is the stunning Store Beach. Stopping here for a dip in the crystal waters is the ideal end to this scenic paddle. To return simply retrace your route!
We recommend you catch a Manly Ferry from Circular Quay in Sydney.
Launch at Manly Kayak Centre on East Pier of Manly Wharf.
EAT SLEEP SUP
Manly offers a variety of great places to dine or quench your thirst after an invigorating paddle. The iconic Manly Wharf, HQ of Manly Kayak Centre, has a choice of relaxed bars and restaurants, and a range of other bars and eateries are all within strolling distance. Many have views of the picturesque harbour, and a number of them are on the waterfront. No matter what your taste or budget, you’ll find plenty of choice at Manly.
Q Station – Located on the site of Sydney’s former Quarantine Station at North Head, Q Station is a truly unique destination. Hidden amidst Australian bush land with stunning views overlooking Sydney Harbour, Q Station offers stylish accommodation, interactive tours and group activities, restaurants and more.
Airbnb – Manly is a wonderful community located just outside Sydney’s CBD. There are a number of great Airbnb hosts in the area and it provides a great opportunity to live like the locals. Get insider tips for bars, activities and destinations.
Things to know
- The harbour occasionally gets large swells and gusty winds, but has numerous sheltered bays and beaches which allows for year-round access.
- Maritime traffic rules apply to all vessels including stand up paddleboards, and SUPs must give way to sailing boats
- Following the shoreline, and not venturing into shipping channels, makes paddle boarding easy, safe, and stress-free