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Sydney’s Best Stand Up Paddle Boarding Spots

There are few better ways to combine exercise and pleasure than a leisurely paddle on a Sydney beach atop a Stand-Up Paddle board. Unlike surfing, the board is very stable and responds easily, making the sport a breeze to pick up regardless of age and fitness level. Be sure to throw on a hat and slather on the sun cream before heading to one of these spots for a paddle as it’s likely you won’t want to come back to shore for hours on end!


This stunning oasis on Sydney’s Lower North Shore is almost completely protected from wind and surf, making for a calm and picturesque spot to go for a paddle. Parking can be tricky, but it’s worth getting there early. Grab some breakfast at The Boathouse or Bather’s Pavilion and when you’ve had enough paddle boarding action for the day grab a bite at the Bottom of the Harbour Seafoods.

Where to hire:

Balmoral Boatshed

Balmoral Sailing School

Balmoral Paddle Surf


Bayview, Clareville and Avalon, up to the protected side of the Palm Beach peninsula, there is plenty of coves to explore in these calm waters. If you’re at Palm Beach, drop in for lunch at Barrenjoey House or The Boathouse. Further South the Clareville Beach Reserve has barbecues and toilet facilities making it a great picnic spot. Otherwise, The Newport is just around the corner.

Where to hire:

Tony Henry’s Avalon Stand Up Paddle

Paddlecraft Sydney

Narrabeen Lakes

If you’re a little more hesitant and an absolute beginner, Narrabeen Lagoon is completely wave free so you can get started by focusing on technique without any panic. Jamieson Park Paddle is ideally located by the water’s edge so that lugging the SUP boards to the shore isn’t much of a worry. Surrounded by bushland, Jamieson Park also has picnic tables, public toilets and showers.

where to hire:

Jamieson Park Paddle

Watsons Bay

Watsons Bay’s Gibson’s Beach guarantees protected waters and stunning scenery. Paddle around the corner to the salubrious Camp Cove, where you can peek into the lifestyle of the ultra-exclusive enclave. The Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel will be waiting for your return to refuel and relax, unless the irresistible crunch of a Doyle’s fish and chips is more to your liking.

Where to hire:

Watsons Bay Stand Up Paddling

Rose Bay

The flat, calm waters of Rose Bay provide the perfect spot for SUP beginners, while the panoramic views of the city and Harbour Bridge make for a picture-perfect backdrop. Feel free to bring your dog along for the day as some of Rose Bay is an allocated dog friendly area. The Bay’s waterfront park has plenty of shady spots and with the Ministry of Coffee is just around the corner.

Where to hire:

Oz SUP Centres – Rose Bay

Shelley Beach

You’ll often see punters going for a paddle near the Manly Wharf, but Shelley Beach is our preference. Without the crowds of Manly and with abundant underwater sea-life, you’ll have a stunning session, so long as you don’t venture too close to the heads. Take your snorkel along and you might spot a dolphin or resident grouper fish. The West facing beach is also home to The Boathouse Shelly Beach.

Where to hire:

Manly Kayak Centre

Manly Surfboards