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Sydney: Kayak to Goat Island At The Heart of Sydney Harbour

Activity provider: Paddle Pirates

Sydney: Kayak to Goat Island At The Heart of Sydney Harbour

Activity provider: Paddle Pirates

From US$ 99.42 per person

Explore Sydney's magnificent harbor on an unforgettable kayaking adventure. Paddle to the heart of the harbor, take photos in your kayak framed by Sydney Harbour Bridge, and discover Goat Island by landing in a secret cove with your special access permit.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Admire fantastic views of Sydney from the heart of its harbor
  • Get up close and personal to the harbor's built environs, natural wonders, and marine life
  • Make the most of the experience with your expert guide and top-notch kayak
  • Explore the magnificent Goat Island on foot, with landing permit included
  • Take home fantastic memories with free professional photos
Full description
Head out on a morning sea kayak adventure on Sydney's beautiful harbor. Paddle to the centre of the harbor to take photos by Sydney Harbor Bridge, before exploring Goat Island on foot with your expert guide. Escape the noise of the city, and simply enjoy the sound of your paddle in the water and the sea birds squawking above as you paddle in the harbor. Get up close and personal to both the built environs and natural wonders of the harbor, including its marine inhabitants. After reaching the center of the harbor, pose with Sydney Harbour Bridge for your guide to take high-quality shots of you. Then, land in a secret cove on Goat Island (Memel in the local Aboriginal language), and explore the area on foot. Make the most of this experience: Goat Island is closed to the public and landing is by special permit only, included in your tour. Paddle back via Darling Harbour, and take a hot shower, if you like. Take advantage of the end-point's proximity to the famous Sydney Fish Markets, and refuel with a great lunch.
  • Professional grade sea kayaks and gear (single and double kayaks available)
  • Expert, fully-qualified sea kayak guide (who will eskimo roll on demand!)
  • PFD (life jacket), safety briefing, and quick introduction to the latest developments in kayak paddling techniques
  • Professional grade photos sent by file transfer upon completion of your tour
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • Children under 16 years
  • Non-swimmers

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Meeting point

Meet at the Sydney University Boat Shed, 123 Ferry Road, Glebe NSW 2037. Just wait at the end of Ferry Road to meet your guide.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Sportswear

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Tour participants should have a reasonable to high level of fitness and not be afraid of water
  • Please don't be late as there may be others waiting
  • Tours begin at 9.30 AM and finish around 1PM
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

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Paddling with Matt was definitely the highlight of my Sydney visit! So much fun and such a great way to see the harbour, the goat island, the harbour bridge and the opera house! Matt is really knowledgeable and told me a lot about the history of the harbour. Definitely worth it and I would recommend it to everyone! I hope I can come back one day. Thank you Matt for this amazing day!

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July 9, 2020

Highlight of my time in Sydney. Kayaking is a great way to see the Harbour and get amazing views (and quality pics) of the bridge. Matt is really interesting and a cool to be on a paddle with. Great trip will definitely go again when I'm next in Sydney.

September 14, 2019

Product ID: 226219