Come to the end of the day, it’s time to kick back and soak up the serenity of the lake in the late afternoon light.
After fitting you with a life vest (or PFD), running through a few safety instructions and a bit of practice with the pedal-drive system, we set off to quietly glide past sedges where the waterbirds dart in and out for food and shelter.
The exact route we take depends a bit on the wind conditions on the day — to seek the most sheltered way around the lake. This relaxing cruise includes:
- The colourful architecture and spiral loops of the National Museum of Australia;
- The grand vista at the heart of Canberra from Parliament House on one side of the lake — waving to ANZAC parade on the other;
- The National Carillion on Aspen Island with its tall white towers changing colour in the reflected light;
- The waterbirds darting around the edges of the lake or returning to the evening roosts;
- A gentle glide past the imposing High Court, the Avenue of Flags and the stately National Library; and
- A long relaxing pause to catch the sun setting over the water behind distant mountain ranges (and with hands-free kayaking you have plenty of time to record it all on your camera).
Our relaxing circuit takes its time to enjoy the rhythm of the water lapping the boats while the light dances across the water. And to enjoy a drink of juice or sparkling water, some fresh berries and a chocolate or two, as the sun slowly sinks over the water.
After the sunset it’s a short pedal back to the start in the early dusk light back around the National Museum, with its colourful ramparts and sky spirals now beginning it show off their night life colours. Can you think of any better way to bid the day a fond farewell?
About our kayaks: Thanks to millions of years of penguin fin evolution and a few smart guys at Hobie, the kayak pedal-drive system (or Mirage drive as Hobie calls it) propels you through the water with ease — using your leg muscles, not your arms. Our kayaks also come with the new very comfy adjustable “Vantage” seats. Add in a very stable boat design, fingertip rudder control, dry hatches to store jumpers, cameras, phones… and kayaking was never made easier. It is hands-free, and the easiest way to get around on water with human power!
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide; kayak hire with life vest (personal flotation device), drinks (sparkling water or juice), fresh fruit and chocolates.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Bring adequate clothing for the conditions, especially to stay warm on colder days when out on the water. (Clothing can be stored in dry hatches on the kayaks). A hat (with chin strap to stay on if windy), some sunglasses, a dab of sunscreen, and a small water bottle are handy.
Expect to get your feet wet, up to about shin height, getting in and out of the kayaks. If you require it we can lend you some special footwear for getting wet feet and you can store your shoes or sandals in the kayak dry hatch.
If you bring your camera or phone on board the kayak, it’s best to attach a cord so you don’t accidently drop it over board and watch it sink to the depths for the fish to figure out if they can use it.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 10 people including up to 4 children aged 6-15 years.
Children 6-15 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in a double kayak.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Closure of sites: In severe weather we may cancel the tour if it is deemed by the tour leader to be too risky at the time of departure. In this case we will offer to reschedule you on the next available tour, provide credit for another tour, or give you a refund.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 15 inclusively are permitted on this tour at a discounted rate. IMPORTANT: Note that each child must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in a double kayak. Up to four children are permitted per tour, and child spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must notify us at the time of booking if you will be bringing a child so that we can reserve the equipment for you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children under 6 are not allowed on this tour unless a special arrangement has been made before booking.