Our short, fully guided tours feature Hobie pedal-powered kayaks, where you use your legs for propulsion instead of using a paddle, and you control the direction with a hand lever.
Some of the many advantages are:
- Suitable for people with no kayaking experience
- Your hands are free to take photographs
- You don’t get splashed by drips of water from the paddles
- Easy and efficient to use, even with wind and currents
Tours depart from our waterfront premises in the Old Launceston Seaport, popular with locals and visitors alike, there are many cafés and restaurants overlooking the marina.
The tours run every 2 hours subject to tide and weather conditions, with about 90 minutes on the water. Your guide will give you a safety briefing and fit you with a PFD (lifejacket) and any other equipment required.
Due to the unique geography of the Tamar Valley, you will take in parts of three rivers as the North Esk and South Esk Rivers meet to form Australia’s longest estuary, Kanamaluka – or the River Tamar.
Starting at the Seaport, we paddle between the marina and River Bend Park. As the North Esk enters the Tamar, the views open up to the scenic waterfront and hill-side suburbs. Cruising at a relaxed pace allows us to explore the headwaters of the Tamar before we pedal under Kings Bridge into the lower reaches of the South Esk River.
The South Esk is the longest river in Tasmania, and the last sections of it wind through spectacular dolerite cliffs after having made its way through the Cataract Gorge – a popular parkland on the edge of the city. The tour then concludes back at the Seaport after exploring more of the Tamar.
These tours are family-friendly and suitable for most people with moderate fitness; the average distance covered on the tour is between 5.5 and 6 kilometres. Depending on a child’s height and confidence, we would allow kids from approximately 10 years and up in a single kayak. Under this age, we would recommend children sitting in the front of a double kayak where they will still be able to pedal and steer if they want to. The kayaks are quite stable and are designed to stand up and fish from if needed, the comfortable seats have a capacity of 120kg on some of them in our range.
Toilet and changing facilities are available on the next-door pontoon, and any luggage or personal belongings can be securely locked up on site while on the water.
While there are no rapids, there are currents due to the changing of the tides. We will only offer tour times that have suitable tide levels.
For each day you may see “High Tide” or “Morning High Tide – Great Reflections”. In general there is less wind in the morning, so a high tide in the morning usually is great for taking pictures.
Whilst we can predict the tides accurately, weather conditions like wind and rain are harder to predict more than a few days in advance. We will happily change booking dates and times on request.
The kayaks and PFDs will be cleaned between tours to help with COVID-prevention measures and social distancing on the water is easily achievable.
Custom tours are available as well, and the order of the tour may be changed to get the best from the conditions on the day.
Please contact us if you have any further questions.