Canoeing and kayaking

Photo: Adam Creed © Queensland Government

Meander serenely through peaceful waterways in a canoe, explore scenic coastlines by sea kayak or experience nature’s power on a whitewater kayak or rafting tour. Whatever floats your boat!

Peaceful paddles

For stunning scenery and a very relaxed atmosphere, the waterways of the Upper Noosa River are a firm favourite. With camp sites accessible by canoe and a choice of walking tracks, you can spend a weekend (or longer) exploring Cooloola Recreation Area in Great Sandy National Park.

After heavy rains, Lake Broadwater on the Darling Downs is the perfect spot for canoeing, not to mention birdwatching, picnicking, walking and camping. So pack up the kids and the kayaks and enjoy the great outdoors.

For stunning scenery of orange sandstone walls, emerald green lily-carpeted waters and deep blue skies, venture into the waters of beautiful Lawn Hill Gorge in Boodjamulla. Drift through the gorge and look for turtles, fish and many kinds of birds—Lawn Hill Creek and the lushly vegetated gorge are an oasis for local wildlife.

Sea voyages

If fresh sea air is what you’re looking for, head out on the open water and enjoy a sea kayaking tour around Snapper Island, Hope Islands National Park, Family Islands and Magnetic Island.

In fact, almost any of the small islands of the Great Barrier Reef provide excellent opportunities for kayaking—exploring fringing reefs and discovering hidden beaches. Just make sure your camera is waterproof!

The Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail is one of Australia’s most unique cultural experiences, following in the wake of the Ngaro people in a journey blending island seaways and sensational walking tracks. Island-hop to your heart’s content, or join a guided tour over turquoise water to one of the three islands—Whitsunday, Hook and South Molle—on the trail.

Whitewater rafting

Yes, you’ll get soaked to the bone ... and have more fun than you ever expected! For a fun-filled day of thrills and spills, take the plunge and join a whitewater rafting tour at Tully Gorge or Barron Gorge—the ultimate way to experience Queensland’s tropical landscapes.

Where can I paddle?

Find parks and forests with canoeing/kayaking. Paddles up!

Staying safe

Safety is important when canoeing and kayaking so check out our tips on water safety and how to care for parks while you're there.