Trying to find some top-rated kayaking spots? We’ve curated a guide on exactly where you can find them!

A breath of fresh air. Western Australia is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts thanks to its diverse natural beauty.

And, amongst the many breathtaking landscapes, Western Australia is home to plenty of water ways that are perfect for kayaking enthusiasts to paddle through. From rivers to hidden bays, Western Australia promises adventure, tranquility, and unforgettable memories.

So read on through for some of the best places to dip your paddle!


1. Blackwood River

Just under a two-hour drive east of the Margaret River region is Blackwood River – one of the most relaxing kayaking spots on this list. The river, famed for its landscape, winds through forests, farmlands, and small towns, offering a diverse and picturesque paddling experience. The peaceful atmosphere and gentle flow make it suitable for all levels of kayakers. Whilst you’re here, be sure to stop by the town of Augusta for a break or explore the nearby Boranup Karri Forest.


2. Broome

Broome, usually famed for its tropical climate and stunning coastal scenery, is also one of the best kayaking spots in Western Australia. Paddle around the turquoise waters of Cable Beach or explore the red cliffs and mangroves of Roebuck Bay. The contrast between the vibrant blue waters and the red-hued landscapes creates a visually stunning experience. Don’t forget your camera!


3. Geographe Bay

Situated near Busselton, Geographe Bay is another fantastic kayaking spot in Western Australia. The bay’s calm, protected waters are perfect for all skill levels. Paddle out to see the iconic Busselton Jetty from the water or explore the beautiful coastline. If you’d rather experience some fun in the water, the bay is also a great spot for snorkelling, so consider bringing your gear to explore the underwater world.


Geographe Bay, Western Australia. Photographed by Gordon Bell. Image via Shutterstock.

Geographe Bay, Western Australia. Photographed by Gordon Bell. Image via Shutterstock.

4. Lake Argyle

Lake Argyle, one of the largest man-made lakes in the southern hemisphere, offers a unique kayaking adventure. Surrounded by the rugged Kimberley landscape, the lake’s calm waters are perfect for exploration. Kayakers can enjoy the vastness of the lake, its secluded bays, and the opportunity to spot freshwater crocodiles, wallabies, and an array of birdlife.


5. Leschenault Inlet

For those seeking tranquility, Leschenault Inlet near Bunbury is a perfect choice. This sheltered inlet is surrounded by wetlands and teeming with birdlife. The calm waters and scenic surroundings make it an ideal spot for a peaceful paddle. Keep an eye out for black swans, pelicans, and other native birds as you glide through the inlet.


6. Margaret River

One of the best wine regions in Western Australia, alongside the world-famed wineries, Margaret River is, surprising to some, known for its kayaking spots. The region features plenty of sun-soaked beaches and rivers that meanders through lush forests and vineyards, providing a serene and picturesque setting. The calm waters are ideal for a leisurely paddle, and you can even combine your kayaking trip with a visit to a local winery or a hike in the nearby trails.


7. Ningaloo Reef

Also making our list as one of the best snorkelling spots around Australia, it makes perfect sense why Ningaloo Reef is also one of the best places to kayak in Western Australia. Promising an adventurous and visually exotic experience, this World Heritage listed site, located near Exmouth, is famous for its crystal-clear waters and vibrant marine life. Kayakers can paddle alongside turtles, rays, and even whale sharks during the season. The coral gardens beneath the surface add to the magical experience, making it a kayaker’s dream come true.


Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia. Image supplied via Tourism Western.

Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia. Image supplied via Tourism Western.

8. Ord River

In the Kimberley region, the Ord River offers a dramatic and awe-inspiring kayaking experience. The river flows through rugged landscapes, gorges, and vast wilderness areas. Kayakers can embark on multi-day trips, camping along the riverbanks and immersing themselves in the remote beauty of the Kimberley. The abundant wildlife and stunning sunsets add to the magic of this adventure.


9. Shark Bay

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Shark Bay offers unique kayaking experiences with its stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife. Paddle through the pristine waters of Francois Peron National Park or explore the rugged coastline and red cliffs of Dirk Hartog Island. The bay is home to dolphins, dugongs, and a variety of bird species, making it a paradise for nature lovers.


10. Swan River

Although there are plenty of waterfront restaurants and bars sitting alongside the banks of the Swan River, the best way to experience this iconic piece of Perth is, in fact, in it! A beloved kayaking destination in the heart of the city, this urban waterway offers a mix of cityscapes and natural beauty. As you paddle along, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Perth skyline, Kings Park, and the charming riverside suburbs. The calm waters are perfect for beginners and offer plenty of spots to stop for a picnic or a coffee.

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Feature image: Shark Bay, Western Australia. Photographed by Drone Chicks. Image via Shutterstock.