Sydney Harbour Kayaks - Ideal paddler dress code / getting prepared

In preparation for your activity, please refer to the following info about what to wear and what to bring.

You do not need specifically designed 'paddling' gear, however wearing the right gear, can make sure 

you have a much nicer paddling experience.

Please arrive at Sydney Harbour Kayaks 10 to 15min prior to check in

(to be ready on the beach on time - especially for Lessons, Tours and Team Building Activities).

What to wear:

  • Swimwear;

  • Rashie / sun shirt or t-shirt (we strongly recommend long sleeve);

  • Boardies / sport short or leggings;

  • Hat;

  • Sunscreen;

  • Sunglasses (it’s best to use straps for these, so they don’t fall into the water!);

  • You do not necessarily need shoes to go paddling, however there are many sharp rocks and oyster shells around the beaches of Middle Harbour. 

  • We therefore, highly recommend that you wear closed-in shoes that are able to get wet. Please DO NOT wear thongs / flip-flops as they offer limited protection if you stop on the beaches.  Rubber-soled reef shoes (reef-booties) are ideal; or an old pair of trainers.

  • We also recommend that you take your phone with you, in-case you need to phone for assistance.

  • If you do take your phone then you must have this secured in a waterproof phone case or 'dry-bag'

    a 'zip-lock' bag can work however it can only give your phone limited protection from the water.




What to bring (for afterwards):

  • Dry change of clothes;

  • Dry shoes; and

  • Towel.

We have a storage room in store for bags and towels, as well as small locker-trays for valuables. Just ask the staff.

We have bathrooms and a 'hot' shower on site. 


If there is an issue with the weather conditions on the day of the activity and it is too dangerous to go out on the water, we will try to phone you at about 9.00am (during the week) and 7.30am (during the week-ends).

Please note that conditions do change fairly quickly and the 'wind' or poor weather can come through expectantly. If you are concerned about the weather, then please feel free to call us.

Generally, if the wind is over 15/18 knots, then we probably will not be able to rent paddling equipment.

The conditions can change from 'perfection' (image on the left) to a real tempest (image on the right)

The safety of all or paddlers is our highest concern.

Remember that we offer a series of FREE kayak lessons every weekend.

Phone Lines

Line 1: 02 9969 4590

Line 2: 02 9960 4389




NSW Location

81 Parriwi Road - Smiths Boat Shed
The Spit Bridge, Mosman 2088


Victorian Location

Murray River Adventures

Cohuna, Victoria

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Certificate of Operation Holder.

Address for all official correspondence

Sydney Harbour Kayaks Pty Ltd

Eora Country

81 Parriwi Road - Smiths Boat Shed
Mosman 2088

There is a lot of parking close to us at the Spit Bridge, however it is council paid parking.

Free parking Information
There is some free parking north and south of us at Upper Parriwi Road, Mosman or Avona Cres, Seaforth.

Both locations will require a few hundred metres walk back to our Spit Bridge location.

Note: make sure you always check the parking signs.


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Opening Hours

SUMMER HOURS - October to April

Monday & Tuesday: 9am to 3pm

(last rental at 1.30pm)

Wednesday: 9am to 5pm

Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Friday: 9am to 5pm

Saturday and Sunday: 7.30am to 5pm

Last rental each day is 3.30pm unless listed.

WINTER HOURS - May to September

Monday / Tuesday CLOSED

Wednesday & Thursday: 9am to 3pm

Friday: 9am to 5pm

Saturday and Sunday: 7.30am to 5pm

(last rental at 3.30pm)

Note: The last rental each day is 3.30pm

when we close at 5pm

or it is at 1.30pm when we close at 3pm.

We will be closed:

Easter Sunday

Christmas Day

Boxing Day

New Years Day