From hidden coves to never ending beaches, Sydney’s glorious aquatic playground comes alive during summer. But who really wants to battle the crowds for a spot on the sand nowadays?
Instead, embrace your freedom and say SUP to a paddle boarding adventure. Whether you’re looking for a new fitness activity, some time to relax, or a fun date idea – it’s time to hit the water and explore Sydney’s hidden gems with a paddle in hand.
One of the greatest thrills of paddle boarding is the sense of exploration and uncovering new spots for yourself. We’ve teamed up with Red Paddle Co. to round up the most stunning spots to SUP this summer.
North Harbour, Manly
Ok so I may be biased as as this is my local spot, but this year I have seen more dolphins in North Harbour, Manly than anywhere else and it’s been magical paddling alongside them.
Manly’s North Harbour has so many hidden corners to explore, make sure you check out Store Beach (which is only accessible by water) and Q station Beach (you could stop here for lunch or just wander around the amazing grounds), or if you’re a morning person, go for an early paddle and watch the water come alive as the sun rises!
Cabbage Tree Basin, Bundeena
This majestic location in the South of Sydney allows you to paddle deep into the Royal National Park, leaving you surrounded by trees, with fish and small rays darting underneath your board.
For a beach-to-Basin adventure, Paddle boards can be launched from Bonnie Vale beach before paddling through Deeban Spit and on to the waterway leading to the Basin.
Many people don’t realise that there is a narrow creek hidden behind the mangroves at the back of the basin… can you can find it?
Fancy taking in the breathtaking view of the Sydney Harbour bridge while on a SUP? Rose Bay is for you.
You can reach many of Rose Bay’s beaches via The Hermitage Foreshore track. The walk begins in Nielsen Park, and winds past the heritage-listed Strickland House to Milk Beach, Hermit Bay, and Queens Beach for epic views of the harbour. Don’t forget your waterproof dry bag for your phone/camera. You’ll definitely want to capture this spot for the gram.
Palm Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches has TWO ideal SUP spots in one location. For flat water paddlers, head to the Pittwater side, Barrenjoey Beach or Station Beach for endless opportunities for paddle routes.
However if you have an ‘Allrounder’ board like the Red Paddle Co 10’6 Ride, perhaps this will be the Summer where you try out SUP surfing on a few small rolling waves down at the southern end of Palm Beach, known locally as ‘kiddy’s corner’.
Ben Buckler, Bondi Beach
For more experienced riders, coasting across Bondi’s iconic foreshore is a thrill you won’t forget. Take in spectacular views of the beach, and the famous Icebergs Club as you make your way across the bay.
At the northern end of the beach you’ll find a boat ramp with easy access to water. While this spot isn’t exactly a secret, its definitely offers a bit more seclusion from the crowds on the sand. If you’re lucky enough to find a parking spot, you can carry your gear down the steps and access the ramp directly. Here you can launch your SUP into clear, calm water without too much hassle.
As always, remember to check the wind and surf conditions before you paddle to ensure the safety of yourself and others. A sunny day doesn’t always mean a SUP day. Book a lesson or seek the advice of your local SUP School if you’re not sure.
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