Paddleboarding has become one of the most popular watersport activities in recent years, with individuals and groups across the country taking to rivers, lakes, and oceans to find their balance and begin exploring the water.
It is a watersport that has become particularly well-established in Australia and not only because of the already celebrated reputations of activities like surfing and kayaking. Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has found itself growing in popularity because it takes advantage of a great number of bodies of water, of which the country has a substantial amount.
Today, we’re sharing six of the best, from the most beautiful to the most exciting, so as to help inspire your next paddleboarding adventure.
While many will venture to the Gold Coast’s fantastic and revered Budds Beach, paddleboarders might find themselves more comfortable away from the crashing waves and, instead, on the cool, clear waters of Currumbin Creek, beneath the cityscape horizon.
Yardie Creek Gorge
Only a short drive from Exmouth, Yardie Creek Gorge is reputed for its remarkable waters. Not only will paddleboards be able to explore some of the most brilliant waterways on the west coast but they will be able to do so among unforgettable rockfaces and clifftops, as well as being able to paddle alongside wildlife. In fact, many take to Yardie Creek specifically to get a close-up experience of the aquatic life.
Darwin is, when compared with other Australian cities, lesser-explored. Its climate, however, means that it is a great place for those looking to escape the potential extremes of the south’s seasons. Darwin is also less populated and for those wanting an SUP experience free from crowds, it is highly recommended.
Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve
Sydney is home to one of the most beguiling shores in the world, and it is largely due to the preservation work of its team. The Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve is, alongside its clear waters and stunning views, also an option for paddleboarders too. If you are looking for a peaceful respite, one that allows you to explore a wild and wonderful landscape, without stepping too far from the city centre, then Cabbage Tree Bay is an ideal choice.
Hidden away in Queensland is the headland of Cape Tribulation. It is only a short boat ride away from the Great Barrier Reef and has become an ecotourist destination in its own right. The waters are perfect for paddleboarding and those who venture out will be offered some of the most pristine and idyllic landscapes to view and explore.
Perth is home to a number of notable beaches but many are frequented by surfers and swimmers, making that inappropriate for long afternoons of relaxing atop a paddleboard. However, there is Woodman Point, a peaceful and sometimes forgotten area that is not only beautiful but much quieter than other beaches nearby. So, if you are looking to find your feet on your board while enjoying a stunning sunset, then this is certainly the place to be.