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Half-Day Sydney Middle Harbour Guided Kayaking Eco Tour
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Half-Day Sydney Middle Harbour Guided Kayaking Eco Tour

By Sydney Harbour Kayaks
Recommended by 96% of travellers
96% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 12-99, max of 12 per group
Duration: 4h
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  • Professional and friendly kayaking guide
  • enjoy a wholesome morning tea served at one of our favourite secluded spots.
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • 20 minute instruction on safety and equipment use
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified


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  • Sydney Harbour Kayaks - Middle Harbour, Smith's Boat Shed / Spit Bridge, 81 Parriwi Rd, Mosman NSW 2088, Australia
    Sydney Harbour Kayaks is southeastern end of Spit Bridge, next to Plonk Beach Cafe. 20mins from the city by car/taxi, & 25-30mins by bus. Buses from Sydney's CBD depart from Wynyard Station. Get off at the bus stop near Spit Bridge. Free parking is available on Avona Crescent/Parriwi Point.
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    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 16150P1

    • Children must be accompanied by an adult / The minimum age for a child is 14
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 16150P1

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    • Sydney Harbour Kayaks
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      Joined in September 2011
    • adr356
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent course for beginner paddlers
      As someone who used to go kayaking occasionally, many years ago, I went to SHK’s Beginners Course to get a refresher on best practices. This was a really good course, run busy a very adept and knowledgeable instructor, very good at communicating the concepts and practices, and keeping everyone in our group on track despite our wide range of competency. Definitely recommend for people getting started, who want to try it out, or brush up on best practices while out on the water. I’m going to do the Water Safety course next, so I can go out on longer trips with confidence. Thanks SHK - see you again soon!
      Written 30 June 2024
    • harrisonn569
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Couldn’t recommend enough
      Did the 3 hour beginner course. Instructor was lovely, teaches a lot in the 3 hours, and overall experience was very good!
      Written 16 June 2024
    • melanieoV8778YU
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great day out
      A great day out. Lovely to paddle among the mangroves. I was looking forward to trialling the Mirage and it didn't disappoint.
      Written 11 June 2024
    • michellesP587JM
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Moonlight Sea Kayaking Experience
      Was marketed as a Vivid Tour but only covered Darling Harbour and Harbour Bridge from the distance. I did not rate this as a Vivid Tour Original session was cancelled same day after I had started my trip to the city requiring rescheduling - reason given "no guide available" but the person making the call was the guide.
      Written 10 June 2024
    • D8107WCmeganh
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Vivid by kayak.
      Fabulous experience seeing the bright city lights and Vivid from a unique perspective away from the crowds. Guides were knowledgeable and welcoming and the equipment was first rate. Highly recommend!
      Written 9 June 2024
    • 17stewartp
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An amazing Vivid experience
      A really well organised event. Shannon was really knowledgeable and a great guide. Kayaking Darling Harbour at night was amazing, and during Vivid was especially amazing. Thanks for a great night, Shannon
      Written 26 May 2024
    • H944BZchrism
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Kayak Safety Lesson
      Under very trying conditions (25 - 40km/h freezing winds and showers), Ben was able to teach us everything we needed for the Kayak Safety Course. Activities were clearly explained and demonstrated before we attempted them, and Ben was able to give us lots of individual attention as we practiced. Everything was well organised, the equipment was very good and Ben was an efficient, friendly and patient instructor.
      Written 18 May 2024
    • Julie G
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Kayak safety course
      Half day kayak safety course. What a really great low cost high impact course. Ben was a wonderful trainer and so so patient. Highly recommend.
      Written 24 March 2024
    • Chlotoro
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent 3-hour introductory session with SHK
      My husband and I really enjoyed the 3-hour introductory lesson (for cost of kayak hire only). The instructor, Ben, was fantastic - we covered a lot of things and he was very skilled and an excellent instructor, explaining things clearly and watching out for everyone in the group. We are very much beginners, having only enjoyed an Eco-tour with SHK about 7 years ago (which we loved!). We joined because we have elected to kayak an Arctic/Antarctic in the next 12 months and want to have enough skill to enjoy this. We'll be back fur some further tuition!
      Written 17 March 2024
    • 799martinv
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sydney Harbour at its Best.
      After a hectic few weeks at work, this was the perfect team activity to de stress and remind ourselves how fortunate we are to live in such an amazing place. Middle harbour was like a mill pond, the ocean was crystal clear and we even had the bonus of an unexpected visit from a sea turtle. Shannon is a great guide and only too happy to share his knowledge, his passion for his job is there for all to see. Thoroughly recommend this activity and the team at Sydney Harbour Kayaks.
      Written 2 March 2024
    • 693katharinem
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sydney Harbour Kayak : Near perfect trip
      While visiting Australia, my daughter wanted to see Mangroves and my sister suggested we do this via Kayak. Shannon was super enthusiastic about the timing of the trip in terms of the tides (TWO METERS! has now become a family mantra) when we called to book. We went with myself, my partner, my kids - ages 16, 13, 11, my sister and her partner and adult daughter in four double kayaks. Kate was an amazing guide - friendly, helpful, and kayaking at the exact right pace for us. She also took a ton of photos which meant we could leave our phones behind and just be in the moment. We kayaked around/across the harbour and then right into the mangroves and it was just incredible. The riverway felt untouched and unchanged since ancient times and Kate did a wonderful job connecting our experience to the indigenous experience. Also the food spread was fantastic. We were expecting granola bars and drink boxes but it was a real spread along with a hot drink. This was a real highlight of our trip to Australia and I have absolutely no reservations recommending a kayaking tour with Sydney Harbour Kayaks to anyone. I know we got incredibly lucky with the timing but it was just perfect in every way.
      Written 20 February 2024
    • AlexWillU
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sydney Harbour up close
      A fantastic experience! Being on Sydney Harbour on a kayak felt very special at that quieter time of morning. Admittedly the weather was perfect which helped! Shannon was a great guide and was expert at judging when to paddle subject to the other boats / ferries etc. We even paddled right underneath the Bridge. Breakfast/coffee on a small beach (Lavender Bay) was just at the right time. Double kayaks were great and we felt comfortable the whole time. Well recommended!
      Written 5 February 2024
    • bethbK903CI
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great day on the water
      Great tour guide who made us all feel very comfortable and in good hands. Really enjoyed the history and great fun for the kids (10 & 13) who want to do it again. Thank you for the experience.
      Written 27 January 2024
    • HelenAus2019
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun family adventure!
      We had a marvellous paddle on Darling Harbour during the Sydney Festival. Shannon and Miranda were our trip guides, both friendly and professional. Shannon had lots of information to share about the area's history and things that we were seeing. It was fascinating to paddle in amongst the boats and get up close to items of interest. And it was great fun to paddle over the ferry wake (at a safe distance!)
      Written 24 January 2024
    • bluebayouSydney
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Water wonder
      Had a great time, was wonderful being on harbour, felt safe the whole time, city gives another perspective from the water as well as a workout. Thoroughly enjoyed
      Written 20 January 2024
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    Whitney l
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    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2023 • Solo
    I went to the Sat 27/1 Middle Harbor Eco tour by myself. Despite informing the staff my limited kayaking experience and not a strong kayaker (only done this once or twice). I was put in a solo kayak because the other 4 people were a family.
    From the start, the guide consistently raced ahead, maintaining 15-25m ahead of the group. This gave the impression of impatience, which raised concern about the purpose of having a guide for safety when they remained so far ahead 90% of the time. The only time the group stayed closed was when we were in the mangroves, and there was limited open water.
    Being alone in my kayak, I struggled to keep up constantly, especially as the other participates were paired up. I was expected to be as fast as them and the guide. Throughout the entire journey, I had no opportunity to rest and just flat and enjoy the view.
    During river crossing to the opposite side, the guide urged the group to paddle quickly as a group due to potential dangers from passing boats/ships. However, the guide and the double kayakers immediately sped ahead, leaving me behind and struggling once again. This was dangerous and unprofessional. Was it hard to slow down and make sure the group stay together and safe?
    Paying for a tour felt futile when I consistently felt stressed, tired and made to feel inadequate with my speed.
    I was shouted at to ‘paddle faster!’, ‘put your muscle into it!’ were accompanied by an overall lack of consideration and understanding. While I understand my slow speed was holding the group, this should have been taken into the consideration from the beginning. Eventually, I yelled back ‘it is not the spend, it is my strength!’
    What was intended to be an enjoyable trip turned into a nightmare kayaking boo camp.
    Written 28 January 2024
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    Hi Whitney, We are shocked and disappointed to hear this. As will see by our review rating and other reviews, at Sydney Harbour Kayaks we are committed to ensuring our customers have a truly wonderful and safe kayaking experience. Our Eco Tours are conducted in double sea kayaks to ensure that everyone has a buddy to paddle with. It is protocol that our tours paddle closely together as a group and we are disturbed to hear that you were made to feel left out. If a solo padder is not confident to paddle a single we generally will buddy them up with the guide, and do not put solos in a single unless they have experience paddling a single and are keen to do so. We have spoken to the guide to find out why this wasn’t the case for you and it seems that morning our doubles were all allocated to other activities, and you indicated that you were comfortable to go in a single at the time. This obviously seriously impacted your enjoyment of the tour and we will be in touch directly to see how we can make amends to you.
    Written 1 February 2024
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    Debbie M
    Sydney, Australia104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great paddle with Ann-Marie around Middle Harbour. She was very knowledgeable about the area where we paddled and we felt at ease following her throughout the morning.
    Lovely morning tea provided in a picturesque spot. Would highly recommend.
    Written 7 November 2022
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    Thanks so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review. I am so happy to read that you had a lovely kayaking experience. I hope we get to see you again soon. Best Regards Shannon Managing Director
    Written 2 April 2023
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    Kim H
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    July 2024 • Solo
    I had a very enjoyable half-day kayaking around Sydney Middle Harbour and highly recommend this tour. Our guide, and kayaking companions, made the experience fun and memorable.

    The kayaking around the middle harbour was bracing, our guide's knowledge of the area provided interesting sights and commentary. I especially enjoyed the paddle through the mangroves. I liked how the tour was a mix of faster and slower paced paddling. I had previously joined the Beginners Tour with this provider, though no experience was necessary for this tour, and even managed to get some more tips on my paddling technique and kayaking skills. Morning tea with dip, cheeses, fruit and coffee (on a cold winter's day) was perfect, enjoyed from a scenic vantage point.

    Can't wait to join another kayaking tour with this provider.
    Written 13 July 2024
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    Joy
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    July 2019
    My boyfriend and I were beginners to kayaking and decided to join the Eco Tour to celebrate our anniversary.

    From the start, the customer service was welcoming and put us at ease when we were nervous about kayaking. Our guide, Peter, was essential in making our kayaking trip an incredible and unforgettable experience. He was an encouraging instructor and knew a lot about the history of the harbour, including its wildlife and historical structures. He took his time to tell us stories and answered all our questions.

    Moreover, when we got to the small beach to have lunch, Peter pointed out a beautiful waterfall for us to explore. The lunch was healthy, delicious and had more than enough for the three of us.

    Afterwards, Peter also took us to the mangroves for a quick tour which was spectacular. We were able to paddle amongst the majestic, old trees. The assistant kayak instructor also took lots of beautiful photos of us during the tour.

    At the end of the trip, Shannon emailed us all the photos in a timely manner. We cannot recommend Peter's tour more. It was a wonderful experience for the both of us as beginners. We'll definitely be back again.
    Written 21 February 2020
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    Louise Y
    Sydney, Australia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2022
    So much fun and giggles. Just wanted to thank you for a fabulous morning on the Eco Tour today. We had 8 of our family out on the kayaks celebrating a 60th birthday. Anne Marie was such a great tour guide – very knowledgeable about the local sights and was calm and friendly making the whole experience such an adventure. All the morning tea was delicious and they were happy to provide for gluten free treats.
    Highly recommended!
    Written 3 April 2022
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    Thank you so much for your review of our business, we greatly appreciate the feedback.
    Written 16 September 2022
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    Dorothy G
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2023 • Family
    This was a huge success. I gave my son & his family (5 people, visiting from Singapore) this as a Christmas present. We all love nature, & were thrilled to be able to paddle through the mangroves.
    Special thanks to Kate for being so thoughtful & accommodating to me, as an 81-year old. And I can recommend this trip on the relatively still water of Middle Harbour for others who have limited ability.
    Written 31 December 2023
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    Christmas adventure in the mangroves on a king tide is certainly am amazing experience. I am glad that you brought your entire family. Thank you for paddling with us and we look forward to seeing you again. Regards Shannon
    Written 11 February 2024
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    hanne e
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2021
    I did it!! How many times have I driven past the Spit and thought of sailing or kayaking. And then NSW send out these vouchers for either dining or an outing. As a first timer in a kayak I had a great time. Our tour guide was very informative about points of interest or local history. Half way he even prepared a lovely morning tea with freshly made plunger coffee.
    Written 26 May 2021
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    CrossRip
    Sydney, Australia93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We really enjoyed the tour. Highlights for us were going into the quiet waterways off Sydney Harbour, kayaking amongst flooded mangroves, seeing a seal basking on a pontoon and seeing all the homes from the water. The rest break included a surprise smorgasbord of fruits and cheese/dip platter, which was so fresh and high quality. Best of all was our tour guide which was full of tips and commentary along the day. This has been something I’ve been wanting to do for years and I am so glad I have done it and would highly recommend
    Written 24 May 2024
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    Robyn
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2023
    After three trouble-free cancellations due to poor weather, we were so excited to get out on the water and experience our tour. Ann-marie and Paula guided us around Middle harbour, establishing safety and skills, and maintaining a comfortable pace for all, providing great information along the way. It was very special to see these locations in Sydney from the water and with the high tide we were able to travel deep into the mangroves. The delicious and thoughtful morning tea just added to the experience. A very special morning.
    Written 22 January 2023
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    Thanks so much for writing this review on our Kayaking tour. I am so glad that it was a lovely experience for you. I do hope we get to see you again for another adventure. Regards Shannon Managing Director
    Written 2 April 2023
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    Lyn C
    Canberra, Australia4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2020 • Couples
    The views and seeing another side of Sydney was amazing. Hearing the history of the area very interesting. Angela was a great guide. Lovely group of people on the tour, a lot of fun and laughter.
    Found facilities for showering and changing after the tour severely lacking, particularly if travelling from a distance.
    Written 5 December 2020
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