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Paddle alongside dolphins in Rockingham, drop a line off
the back of your canoe in the Swan, or brave the rapids
down the Avon River. Whether you’re a keen paddler
or you’ve never picked up an oar in your life, there are
abundant resources to help you make the most of the
■ Lake Leschenaultia
With its sandy beaches, shaded lawns,
barbecue shelters, playgrounds and cycle
paths, Lake Leschenaultia is especially
popular with families. The Shire of
Mundaring has nineteen canoes available
for hire on weekends, public holidays
and school holidays between 10am and
3pm, for $20 an hour. There are also
great campsites, so you can easily make
a weekend of it!
Sea kayaking is one way to take in
Penguin and Seal islands, not far from
Shoalwater Bay and Rockingham. Aside
from sea lions and colonies of pelicans,
if you’re lucky you might catch sight
of a dolphin. The Penguin Island Sea
Kayak Tour, which costs $169 per person,
includes snorkelling equipment, a picnic
lunch and double kayaks.
■ Lane Pool Reserve
Less than 90 minutes’ drive from the city,
Lane Pool Reserve in Dwellingup offers an
opportunity to hit the Murray River and
take in the beautiful forest (lucky travellers
might even spot a quokka). Dwellingup
Adventures hires out canoes and kayaks
for self-guided paddles, but full and half-
day tours are also on offer.
■ Swan River
The waterways near the city are a popular
choice for daytime kayaking experiences,
courtesy of the Swan River, which can take
you all the way down to the south of WA.
Kayaks can be hired from About Bike Hire
at Point Fraser Reserve on the foreshore.
■ Mandurah Estuary
Hire equipment from Canoe & Kayak
Mandurah for a day of fun. Dolphins
regularly pop up here, and a kayak
provides a great chance to get nice and
close. Paddling by the waterside mansions
and through the canals is also plenty of
fun, the waters guaranteed to be calm.
TIP The houses use owl statues to keep
the seagulls away – challenge the kids to
see how many they can count!
• Water Wanderers (East Perth,
the Swan Valley or Ascot Waters)
waterwanderers.com.au, 0412 101 949.
• Penguin Island Sea Kayak Tour
penguinisland.com.au, 9591 1333.
• Rivergods Seal and Penguin islands
(and further afield Monkey Mia,
Ningaloo Reef, Broke Inlet)
rivergods.com.au, 9259 0749.
Where to hire
• Canoe and Kayak Mandurah
canoeandkayak.net.au, 0419 885 710.
• About Bike Hire (Point Fraser Reserve)
aboutbikehire.com.au, 9221 2665.
• Rivergods (Willetton)
rivergods.com.au, 9259 0749.
• Funcats Watersports (Coode
Street Jetty, South Perth)
funcats.com.au, 0408 926 003.
GREAT IDEA #3
Lane Pool Reserve.
INSET Kayaking at Penguin Island.
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