Information and tips for kayaking on Pittwater

Kayaking on Pittwater offers some of the best paddling in Sydney. Drive as far as you can go along the Northern Beaches Peninsular and you will come to a vast expanse of water, marking the southern mouth of the Hawkesbury River.

Pittwater presents a wide range of activities and challengers to suit every level of paddler. From the sheltered waters of Bayview or McCarrs Creek to the open waters off Palm Beach, Pittwater is an exciting area to paddle. Flanked on one side by the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, you can explore little bays and coves or paddle across to Scotland Island which Governor Phillip originally named Pitt Island.


Church Point is also a popular stopping point with its recently renovated general store and cafe.

To the North is Palm Beach and the more open waters of the Hawkesbury.  Directly across from Palm Beach nestled in the National Park is The Basin. This popular picnic spot is only accessible by water or hiking in and also offers the only camping facility in the park. Ask us about our over night kayaking package where we will arrange to get your your camp gear to and from The Basin so all you need to do is paddle.

An imaginary lines drawn between Barrenjoey lighthouse and West Head marks as far north as you can paddle. The ocean swells and choppy conditions makes beyond this point extremely dangerous for all but the experienced kayakers.

Public Transport. Several bus services connect the City with the Northern Beaches. The 155, 156, 158 & E86 service McCarrs Creek, Church Pt and Bayview TIME TABLE. While Palm Beach and the peninsular have regular services every day TIME TABLE.

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