About Us

About Us

 

Leaders in kayaking on Pittwater, Paddlecraft is Sydney’s paddling destination for all paddlers, supporting you with choice, advice and knowledge to help you begin your adventure on the water. Environmental guardians of Pittwater, we believe that helping people get on the water creates satisfaction and happiness in their lives and raises awareness of our place in nature, while providing support for our national parks.

 

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WHO WE ARE

 

A classic “mom and pop” small business, Paddlecraft is a family owned kayak hire, sales and ecotourism centre established in 2006, attracting loyal, local customers, as well as, experience seekers outside of Sydney. Located at a marina location on the southern edge of Pittwater, Paddlecraft operates 7 days a week during the peak warm weather season and part time during winter. With a large hire fleet of single & double kayaks and SUP boards at hourly & full day rates, and only 20 minute paddle to the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, explore the scenic waterways of Pittwater with your friends and family.

 

Our marina store location and online store also stocks a wide range of recreational and performance kayaks, ocean surf skis and SUPs and paddling gear & apparel for sale. Paddlecraft also provide training, corporate activities, birthday parties and social paddle groups to suit all levels of paddlers. Whether fitness, fishing or just paddling for fun, we can get you on the water with confidence, safety and the right equipment to have the best experience on the water.

 

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Paddlecraft is committed to upholding environmental sustainability in all facets of its operation and protecting Pittwater is fundamental to our mission. We have incorporated environmental awareness and conservation practices, both in our ecotourism products, and in our business operations. With the establishment of Paddlecraft Tours, Paddlecraft has been awarded the Eco Pass operator license, as well as, selected two years running as the recipient of the National Parks Commercial Tour Operator Small Business Grant. Paddlecraft contributes directly to the economics of the park by paying a national park fee per tour customer. In addition, a pilot program of charitable donations for establishment and maintenance of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park bushwalks has been set up and the future donations will be utilized to help the national park attract more visitors with well-maintained continuous track infrastructure.

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ABOUT KU-RING-CHASE NATIONAL PARK & PITTWATER

 

Pittwater, and the adjoining Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, are deserving of the title of “world class nature” through its intertwined ecosystem of harbour and bushland. The almost 15,000-hectare Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park was established in 1894, and is the second oldest park in Australia and the oldest park established primarily for nature conservation. The National Parks and Wildlife Act definition of national parks as “spacious areas containing unique or outstanding scenery or natural phenomena” totally embraces the imposing sandstone headland of West Head, the distinctive landforms of Lion Island and Barrenjoey Head, as well as, the rocky cliffs and small, secluded beaches of Ku-ring-gai Chase all which provides the most magnificent backdrop to the waterways of Pittwater.

 

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is situated near the centre of the Sydney Basin, a major structural unit of Permian and Triassic age formed around 200-250 million years ago with the oldest rocks in the park being the distinctive Narrabeen group of sandstones and shale outcrops along the western foreshores of Pittwater. In addition, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park contains extensive evidence of Aboriginal occupation, with more than 350 Aboriginal sites recorded for the park and reserves. The most widespread evidence of past Aboriginal use of the park and reserves consists of shell middens, which are found along most of the foreshores. There are also over 170 rock engraving sites recorded in the park and reserves including figures which resemble emus, echidna, fish, kangaroos, boomerangs, shields, footprints, people and mythical figures.

 

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