Thrill-seekers, paddle up for some fantastic kayaking and canoeing spots around Tasmania!

If your idea of a perfect day involves dancing with the waves, gliding through secret coves, and maybe even having a curious seal as your kayaking buddy, then you’re in for a treat. And, Tasmania isn’t just a haven for history buffs and foodies, it’s also a hidden gem for kayak enthusiasts!

From serene bays to quirky nooks, let us guide you through the best kayaking spots in Tasmania. So, grab your kayak and a splash of sunscreen – we’re about to dive into one of the best activities to enjoy in Tasmania this 2024!

<strong>Bruny Island</strong>
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Bruny Island

Kayaking on Bruny Island is just as wild as the local wildlife. Hanging just off the coast of Hobart, here you’ll be gliding through pristine waters and stunning mountain ranges. But, the real star of the show is the gorgeous seals swimming in the same oceans, happy to pop up and greet you on your adventure. Paired with stunning sea cliffs that could make a mountain blush and caves that have secrets even the locals haven’t uncovered, set sail to Bruny Island for one of the best kayaking experiences in Tasmania!

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Bruny Island, TAS 7150
<strong>Derwent River</strong>
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Derwent River

The Derwent River isn’t just an average waterway, but the perfect water adventure near Hobart. Right in the heart of Hobart that divides the capital city, Derwent River offers the chance to paddle your way through Hobart’s skyline, with the majestic Mount Wellington in the backdrop, providing a stunning skyline. No matter where you start along this 200kilometre river, the Derwent River is a great kayaking spot in Hobart!

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Derwent River, TAS 7140
<strong>Freycinet Peninsula</strong>
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Freycinet Peninsula

Freycinet Peninsula is the perfect weekend getaway destination near Hobart. And one of the best activities is to explore Freycinet’s natural beauty on the water in guided sea kayak tours. Experience the beautiful Freycinet coast from a different perspective, getting exclusive views of the pink granite mountains, turquoise water and sandy beaches. It’s like kayaking in a postcard, but with the added thrill of cheeky dolphins photobombing your snapshots. This beginner friendly tour departs from the town of Coles Bay, at the foot of the Hazard Mountain Range. So strap in for an unforgettable water adventure at Freycinet Peninsula.

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Coles Bay, TAS 7215
<strong>Southwest National Park</strong>
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Southwest National Park

Just under a two-hour drive from Hobart is the Southwest National Park – a stunning experience for all nature lovers looking for a great kayaking experience. Inside Tasmania’s largest national park features massive lakes to explore: Lake Pedder and Lake Gordon. With calm waters and breathtaking vistas, either spot is perfect to paddle away the weekend. One of the best places in Tasmania to explore with a kayak, you won’t regret visiting the incredible Southwest National Park this weekend!

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Southwest National Park, TAS 7140
<strong>Tasman Peninsula</strong>
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Tasman Peninsula

For those after a little more adventure, strap in and experience the roaring waves of the Tasman Peninsula. With towering sea cliffs that house majestic fur seals, this slice of aquatic paradise is a kayaker’s dream come true. No need to worry though, as the Roaring 40s Kayak Tours will help you explore the area safely yet just as fun. See a whole new side of Tasmania’s natural beauty with a kayaking trip to the Tasman Peninsula.

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Tasman Peninsula, TAS 7187

For more outdoor adventures, chase your way through our list of the Top 5 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Tasmania. Escape to nature’s paradise and pitch a tent at one of these Top 5 Camping Sites around Tasmania.

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Feature image: Photographed by Graham Freeman. Image via Tourism Tasmania.