Sydney Harbour Kayak  - Pelican Air

The Pelican Air is a fun and unique team-building exercise focusing on motivation, leadership, communication and collaboration.
It is a search and rescue challenge that we try and make as real to life as possible.
This team building activity has been designed to take your team or staff outside of their comfort zone and assist in motivation and leadership. The Pelican Air is exciting, challenging and will truly inspire your team.

Pelican Air is based on an actual event when a light aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from Sydney Airport.  It was suspected of carrying drugs and an immediate search and rescue operation was undertaken.

The plane was heading north to Byron Bay with a departure time of 23.30 hours. Shortly after take-off they reported engine failure. The last communications with the control tower indicated that it would ditch into the sea somewhere between North Head and the Spit Bridge. An immediate air search that night failed, spotted wreckage and dropped a marker beacon.


  • We have a changing room with toilet and shower facilities.

  • Minimun 6 people required.


At only $175 per person it’s a very detailed and authentic team building activity

for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Your Challenge

The owner of the ‘special’ cargo has asked you to assist in locating the wreckage and recovering the contents of the black-box flight recorder. You will receive information from the control tower with respect to flight path and altitude together with a set of weather reports and resources and budget for the rescue. Your task is to use the available information to plan and then conduct the search and rescue operations using the available resources. You will have access to several different types of kayaks, snorkeling gear, maps, 2-way radios, compasses and other search and rescue material.

The Pelican Air Search & Rescue takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hours and is ideal for groups of 6 to 24 people.

The Team Building Activities are able to be run when you require; 7 days per week.



Click the image below for our Team Building e-Brochure.

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Download our tour / team-building

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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.


Transport NSW 

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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