The Georges River and its tributaries offer many beautiful spots for kayaking and canoeing.

If you're a paddling enthusiast looking for picturesque waterways, here are five handpicked recommendations worth exploring.

Woronora River

Forbes Creek to the Needles

Distance: 10 km return

Immerse yourself in the upper Woronora River estuary's beauty, where city life fades away. Journey from Forbes Creek upstream, passing charming foreshore homes, impressive sandstone outcrops, and sandy banks. The crystal-clear water during high tides creates a magical setting. Look out for large schools of mullet and the occasional sighting of koalas. Pack a picnic and finish your adventure at the first rapid marking the estuary's end.

Simmos beach kayaking

Simmos Beach to Bunbury Curran Creek

Distance: 5 km return

Experience the tranquility of this freshwater stretch with sandy banks, native plants, and water gums lining the shores. Simmos Beach offers a hassle-free kayak launch, and the absence of rapids ensures a leisurely paddle. Keep an eye out for the sacred Kingfisher and, if you're lucky, spot koalas or even a platypus. Venture into Bunbury Curran Creek, accessible by kayak, with a captivating waterfall about 100 meters upstream. It’s definitely worthy of a few happy snaps!

Quibray Bay

Quibray Bay Mangroves

Distance: Up to you

Ideal during high tides and light winds, this adventure begins at Bonna Point boat ramp. Paddle over Posidonia seagrass beds, observing fish darting between patches and into Quibray Bay. Enjoy the sandy banks and sparkly clear water. Extensive mangroves surround Quibray Bay, harbouring numerous small creeks to explore during high tide. Satellite imagery on navigation apps can guide you to these hidden gems. Please note fishing, collecting, and power vessels are not allowed in Quibray Bay, part of Towra Point Aquatic Reserve.

Williams Creek

Distance: 4km return

Launch from Deepwater Park and head upstream to discover the pristine beauty of Williams Creek. Paddle for 3.5 km upstream during high tide, this creek winds through Lt. Cantello Reserve's bushland, flanked by fringing mangroves. Witness fish, including bream and mullet, as you reach a small basin at the end of your paddle. 

Como to mickeys - moons bay

Old Ferry Road Reserve, Illawong to Mickey's Beach

Distance: 7km return

Begin your journey at the historic site of an old ferry terminal at Old Ferry Road Reserve, Illawong. Paddle through Two Moon Bays, passing fringing mangroves and grass trees. Keep an eye out for the resident White Bellied Sea eagles. Mickey's Beach, beyond Alfords Point bridge, provides an inviting spot to rest and picnic under the shade of casuarinas.

Whether you're a seasoned paddler or a novice explorer, these water spots promise a memorable experience. Be sure to read our top tips to keep safe on the water.

Tips for a Safe and Enjoyable Paddle

Kayaking and canoeing offer a thrilling adventure on the river, but safety and environmental responsibility are paramount for an enjoyable experience.

Here are eight tips to keep you safe, comfortable, and eco-conscious during your paddling excursion:

  1. Wear a Life Jacket: The importance of a life jacket cannot be overstated. It's a critical safety measure that could save your life in case of an unexpected event. Always wear it while on the water.
  2. Pack a First Aid Kit: Include essentials like bandages, pain relievers, allergy medication, and a first aid manual. A waterproof container will protect your medical kit from water exposure. Regularly check and replenish your supplies to guarantee preparedness for any unexpected situations. 
  3. Bring Water and Sun Protection: Hydration and sun protection are essential, especially on hot summer days. Ensure you have an adequate supply of water and use sunscreen to shield yourself from the sun's rays.
  4. Carry a Sponge: A car washing sponge is a handy tool to have on board. It helps mop up any water that may enter your kayak, keeping you dry and comfortable.
  5. Waterproof Phone Case/Bag: Protect your electronic devices by investing in a waterproof phone case or bag. This precaution ensures your communication tools remain functional, even if they come into contact with water. You could also pack an independent charger pack in case there’s an emergency and your phone battery dies.
  6. Inform Someone of Your Plans: Before hitting the water, let someone know your intended route and when you plan to return. This safety measure ensures that someone is aware of your whereabouts in case of an emergency.
  7. Check the Weather and Tides: Stay informed about the weather conditions and tidal currents. Sudden wind changes or thunderstorms can pose risks, so plan accordingly. Additionally, be mindful of tidal currents on rivers and plan your paddling around high tide for a smoother experience. The Bureau of Meteorology is an excellent place to source the information you need. Check it out.
  8. Proper Rubbish Disposal: Dispose of your rubbish responsibly. Bring a designated container or bag for trash, ensuring you leave no trace behind and contribute to preserving the environment.
  9. Avoid Dragging Plastic Craft: When accessing the water, avoid dragging your plastic craft over roads or gravel. This prevents plastic particles from being released into the environment, contributing to a cleaner ecosystem.

By following these tips, you'll not only enhance your safety but also contribute to the preservation of the natural beauty surrounding your kayaking or canoeing adventure. Stay safe, stay informed, and enjoy your time on the water!