Hit any major beach or river spot, and you’re likely to spot someone SUP-ing.
Stand up paddle boarding has certainly made a splash on Australian shores… Hit any major beach or river spot, and you’re likely to spot someone SUP-ing.
If you love being on the water and can’t wait to find more places to get ‘Out There’ with your SUP, look no further. We have scoured the country to find some out of the way, but still beautiful, spots to take your paddle board..
Ningaloo Reef, WA
This incredible reef lies just off the beach so you can glide over one of nature’s wonders on your SUP easily. Head out from Exmouth and you will have to ensure you don’t fall in after being mesmerised by the teeming reef beneath you.
Jervis Bay, NSW
No SUP list would be complete without mentioning the crystal clear waters of the Jervis Bay Marine Park. While Hyams Beach for is famous for its white sand, the creeks, lagoons, beaches and coves in the area are perfect for stand up paddle boarding.
Forster Island, NSW
About three and a half hours north of Sydney lie a series of islands surrounded by rivers, lakes, and the ocean. If there is a better place to go exploring on your SUP, we want to know about it!
Rottnest Island, WA
The entire island 18km off Australia’s west coast is a protected reserve full of unique wildlife –including the adorable quokkas. Who wouldn’t want to see that during a leisurely SUP trip along the shores?
Port Phillip Bay, VIC
This large bay in Melbourne offers over 200km of protected coastline for you to paddle along. Although the waters are perfect for a calm SUP, you might find some of bay’s playful dolphins to keep you company
VIC – Lakes Entrance
There is beachfront commercial camping at East Gippsland’s major tourist town. Climate is often a few degrees warmer than Melbourne, and the fishing is productive. Nearby national parks and bush drives balance the numerous tourist activities available in town. Explore the Gippsland Lakes by houseboat or private cruise vessel.
Dove Lake, TAS
Why not combine some epic Tassie hiking with some time on the water? At the foot of Cradle Mountain, Dove Lake offers up a unique spot to paddle. You might have to time the weather pretty well this far south but the experience will definitely be worth it!
Onkaparinga River, SA
South Australia’s second largest river is a must-visit spot for SUP lovers. The Onkaparinga River flows from the mountains and empties out in the Port Noarlunga estuary. At 95km long, you can paddle as little or as much as you wish and you will be rewarded with some diverse landscapes along the river banks.
Lord Howe Island
This stunning World Heritage-listed subtropical island is a SUP-er’s paradise! Head out on a SUP guided tour of the island for astonishing views of the towering blocks of rock, Mount Gower and Mount Lidgbird, or try and spot sea creatures like the turtles and Spanish Dancers swimming through the clear aquamarine water...
Fraser Island, QLD
The protected west coast of Fraser Island offers perfect calm conditions day in, day out. Head out from Kingfisher Bay, or find an even more secluded paddle spot if you have a 4WD to go exploring with.
Mossman River, QLD
Enjoy a freshwater SUP experience on the Mossman River and fall in love with the rainforest from a different perspective. With just the sound of your paddle splashing in the clear water and the chatter of birds serenading you, you will feel like you are a million miles away from civilisation.
Touted as one of Australia’s best SUP locations, this spot on the Mornington Peninsula is protected from the wind in most directions, leaving you free to paddle until your heart’s content. Between The Bath’s Restaurant Pier and the Searoad Ferry terminal, the semi enclosed and clear shallow waters offer an ideal spot for the whole family to paddle.
Where is your favourite ‘Out There’ SUP spot?