River kayaking Tasmania: Known as Kanamaluka in the Palawa Kani language, the River Tamar is in fact one of the longest estuarine systems in the southern hemisphere, stretching for nearly 70 kilometres from its confluence in Launceston where the North Esk and South Esk Rivers join the headwaters.
The River Tamar has long been home to many generations of Tasmanian Aboriginals. It was also one of the earliest locations in Australian colonial settlement. It was first visited in 1798 when George Bass and Matthew Flinders circumnavigated Tasmania. Originally named Port Dalrymple, which is located in what is now George Town, the early settlement moved first to a place now known as Yorktown on the Western side of the estuary, finally moving again in 1806 to what would become the city of Launceston.
Our scenic tours and fishing tours depart from the area that is the aptly named town of Beauty Point. Originally, it was established as the first deepwater port on the river to service the gold mine at Beaconsfield. Today, it is a fishing town and also hosts training facilities for the Australian Maritime College.
Offering many distinct areas to investigate on the kayaks… there is a little something for everyone. The marinas offer great views across the river and West Arm is a shallower stretch of water with lots of wooded shoreline that’s great for a casual fishing trip with the family. This location is good for catching flathead, which is a fine table fish.
There are many other locations along the length of the river to access the water, with a variety of saltwater fish species to drop a fishing line in for, so we can mould the trip to meet your particular needs and wants – just as we can with all of our tours. Of course, The Tamar Valley is also famous for its numerous fine vineyards and wineries; a great way to spend the afternoon after a morning on the river kayaking Tasmania.
Our modern fleet of Hobie Kayaks boast an amazing leg-powered drive system. Because you use your leg muscles to gain forward momentum, they make getting on the water easy for people of all skill levels. The 4 single outback models are designed with fishing in mind and have a flattened section in the middle designed for you to stand up when required. We also have a double kayak, and all of our kayaks feature comfortable, suspended mesh seats.
We will provide you with all the appropriate safety gear, fishing and licensing equipment where needed and of course a qualified guide to accompany you for the duration. Transport to and from Launceston can be provided or we can meet at the departure point if you have your own transport.
Half- and full-day packages are available, in addition to other scenic destinations, and we also offer options for freshwater fishing on various lakes. Extended multi-day touring and fishing tours are available, too. Please look at some of the sample tours on our NW Kayaking Page.