What do I need to bring?
Hat / sunglasses, sun screen, water bottle, towel and shoes that can get wet and suitable for light bush walking like flat sandals, running shoes, and swim / deck shoes. Wear clothing that is comfortable when wet and dress for sun protection.
I haven’t paddled before, is this OK?
Yes, our tours are suitable for beginners to experienced paddlers, but do require a moderate fitness level. Choose the tour that suits your personal fitness level.Your double kayaks are very stable and experienced guides will provide safety and enjoyment.
Half Day Tour - 3 hours kayaking, Children - 10 yrs + allowed
Full Day Tour - 5 hours kayaking / 1 hour bushwalking, Children - 15 yrs + allowed
What if I can’t swim?
We provide life jackets and our double kayaks are very stable and unlikely to capsize. If you are a non-swimmer, you must inform your guide’s prior to the trip and they will keep a closer eye on you.
Will I get wet?
Yes! You will get wet getting in and out of the kayak, and will be splashed by water when paddling, so you will end up wet by the end of your paddle. You will also be visiting beautiful swimming areas, so you may want to take a dip! You can bring a change of clothes to change into after the tour.
Can children come on your trips?
These tours are not suitable for young children. Please see tour description for age limits.
Do you cancel in bad weather?
We check the weather forecasts every day and will know within 24 hours if the weather forecast indicates unsafe conditions. If we do need to cancel, we will contact you and you will be given the option of a full refund or to transfer to another day and/or tour.
What if I have paid and I need to cancel?
No refunds will be given for cancellations within 24 hours by the paddler. If you cancel more than 24 hours prior to your tour, and we are notified in writing, we will provide a full refund less a $20 administration fee per booking.
Can I bring a camera?
If your camera is waterproof, bring it along. We do have dry bags and you are also welcome to bring your non-waterproof camera, but please note we do not take responsibility for any water damage to your camera or electronic items.
What sort of safety equipment do you carry?
On all our tours, we carry mobile phone, first aid kit, flares, extra water, water pump and sponges but we have found that the band aids are used the most!
Do you always visit the same places?
Pittwater is a unique natural environment and as the weather changes, we modify the route and schedule to take full advantage of the changing season. However, many of the areas that we visit can be enjoyed in most weather and wind conditions and we do our best to delight all visitors equally!
What weather can I expect?
For most of the year, Sydney’s weather is fabulous to explore the outdoors, and most times, we find that dressing for sun protection is still essential, however please review the typical seasonal when planning what to wear.
In the spring months,from September to November, the days are warm but the humidity is not as high as summer and the wildlife and fauna are just starting to change and bloom. The average daily temperatures range from 11 - 23°C (51.8 - 73.4°F
In the summer months, from December to February, the average temperatures range from 18.6 - 25.8°C (65.5 - 78.4°F) and the water temperatures rise to 21.9 - 23.7°C (71.4 - 74.7°F), making it perfect weather to be on and in the water.
In the fall months, from March to May, the average temperatures settles between 14.6 - 22.2°C (58.3 - 72°F) and is glorious weather for activities like paddling and bushwalking, not too hot or cold.
What meals are provided?
On our half day tours, we provide a morning tea of fresh fruit and breakfast bars, as well as, spring water but we encourage you to bring additional water bottles. On our full day tour, we also provide a morning tea fruit and breakfast bars, as well as, spring water and a gourmet lunch. We can cater for most dietary requirements, so please let us know when you book.
Where do I meet the tour?
All of our tours start at Paddlecraft, at our shop on Pittwater in Bayview. Our address is Bayview Marina, 1714 Pittwater Road and there is metered parking and roadside parking. For an additional cost, we can also provide transport from the Sydney CBD area for a minimum of (4) paddlers but we will need (48) hours notice to book and confirm.
What is parking like?
Pittwater is a very popular and scenic spot, so parking is available but limited, so please allow sufficient time for finding your spot. There are metered parking areas, as well as road side parking spots in our residential neighbourhood area.