Hit the water and go kayaking or canoeing at these stunning locations, which all have hire gear on-site.

Frankland River, Nornalup

The Frankland and Deep Rivers offer some spectacular paddling adventures in WA’s southern forest region.

You can hire a canoe on the Frankland River then paddle up the river to Monastery Landing through the Walpole Nornalup National Park for some truly breathtaking views.

Shark Bay

The many beautiful and sheltered lagoons and crystal clear waters throughout Shark Bay make this an ideal spot for sea kayaking. A local eco‑tour group offers guided kayaking tours through this World Heritage area to explore its Indigenous culture.

Dirk Hartog Island
Kayak alongside Dirk Hartog Island, Shark Bay World Heritage Area (Photo: Tourism Western Australia)

Ningaloo

There are now marked kayaking sites throughout the Ningaloo Marine Park. You can hitch your kayak to one of 10 moorings while you snorkel along the reef.

Several operators in the area conduct guided tours along the trail.

Denmark River and Wilson Inlet

Around Denmark you can cruise through the Wilson inlet or head up the Denmark River - both offer stunning sites to explore.

The tranquil Denmark River is lined with tall Karri trees while the inlet offers lots of secluded bays to paddle through and is ideal for bird watching. There are both kayaks and large canoes available for hire.

Swan River, Perth

Setting out on the water from East Perth near Heirisson Island gives you the opportunity to head either towards South Perth for a view of the city or towards the Maylands foreshore where you can explore Claisebrook Cove.

Protected by Heirisson Island, the waters here are ideal for paddlers of all ages and skill levels, with kayak hire available.

Mandurah Estuary

The calm waters of the Mandurah Estuary make this area perfect for an easy paddle.

There are endless places to explore along the way with a variety of bird life and even the chance to see dolphins. Kayak hire is available on the estuary’s western foreshore.

Mandurah Estuary
The Mandurah Estuary is a hive of activity in summer (Photo: Tourism Western Australia)

Murray River, Ravenswood

Explore the Peel region from the water along the beautiful Murray River. Starting from Ravenswood you can hire a canoe or kayak then head towards either the ocean and the Peel Inlet where you’ll pass Murray Lakes, or follow the river’s twists and turns in the direction of Pinjarra.

Blackwood River, Bridgetown

Bridgetown is a great place to get onto the scenic Blackwood River.

The Blackwood winds its way around the historic town, which also has many great picnic spots close to the water. You can hire canoes and kayaks in Bridgetown for a paddle past some of the best local spots on the river.

The Blackwood River in Bridgetown is a tranquil place for a paddle
The Blackwood River in Bridgetown is a tranquil place for a paddle

Warren River, Pemberton region

Glide down the pristine Warren River past towering karri trees in the ancient old growth forests of the Warren National Park.

You’ll experience some of the South West’s most spectacular forest scenery. Guided eco‑tours along the Warren River are provided by a local operator, including half‑day tours.

Murray River, Dwellingup

Drive just an hour and a half south of Perth to enjoy a paddling experience among pristine Jarrah forest in Dwellingup.

There are a number of great places to paddle along the Murray River in Lane Poole Reserve. A local operator provides hire of canoes and rafts, which can be delivered to the river. Roof rack hire is also available.