Recreational kayaks are designed for the casual paddler interested in a peaceful paddle on a lake or flatwater stream. Compared to other kayaks, recreational kayaks have a larger cockpit for easier entry and exit and a wider beam for more stability on the water; they are generally less than twelve feet in length and have limited capacity. Using less expensive materials like polyethylene and including fewer options keep these boats inexpensive. Sometimes advanced paddlers still use recreational kayaks. They can fit all levels, but sometimes do not perform as well in the sea. The recreational kayak is usually a type of touring kayak.
One of the best places in Sydney to try kayaking is Bundeena, 45 mins south, a challenge to reach but as it borders Royal National Park it is well worth the effort. Connect here for more details.
Hat, sunscreen, sunnies, water bottle, towel, swimming costume, change of clothes, booties/waterproof sandals, waterproof bag, and thermals/wind jacket are recommended on chilly days and during winter months.
Australia provides endless locations for kayaking and canoeing. Popular spots include the Murray River (SA, Vic & NSW) and Katherine Gorge (NT) Quiet bays and inlets are also suitable.
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