After fitting you with a life vest (PFD) and showing you how easy it is to use the pedal drive system, we’ll set off on your customised tour of Canberra’s lakes. Our guide can tailor the trip from being an informative tour with a few stops to highlight points of interest, to an accompanied adventure where you choose where to explore and we just provide advice and safety.
Our recommended start/finish locations for tours on Lake Burley Griffin are near the National Museum of Australia (Lawson Crescent), the beach next to the Southern Cross Yacht Club on Alexandrina Drive, or the beach at Grevillea Park (Menindee Drive). We can also organise a local adventure on other Canberra lakes.
Depending on the route, expect to take in water views of Canberra’s national buildings, parades and parks, see the majestic backdrop of Canberra’s surrounding forested peaks and mountain ranges, and watch the amusing antics of water birds diving for fish and ducking for cover in the reeds.
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 has never been easier. It is hands-free and the easiest way to get around on water with human power!
Expect to get your feet wet getting in and out of the kayaks (we can lend you some special “wet feet” shoes and socks — which are washed every night). And hey, its Canberra, which means it can get cold at any time of year, especially on the water, so do bring a warm jumper, warm headwear or scarf if cold or windy, and a sunhat and sunscreen if sunny. Sunglasses are also very useful.
In severe weather we may need to postpone the tour if it is deemed by the tour leader to be too risky at the time of departure.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, pedal kayak hire with life vest (personal flotation device).
Exclusions: 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 all 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 accidentally drop it overboard 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 6-11. Children 6-11 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in a double kayak.
Confirmation of booking: We recommend you contact the local supplier to confirm your trip 24 hours prior to departure. Contact details are on this voucher.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at a discounted rate. IMPORTANT: Please 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 proper 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.