The Best Things to do in Sydney - Exploring Pittwater
Try the top things to do in Pittwater, located in Sydney's backyard!
Only an hour outside of Sydney, paddle with us at Pittwater, Sydney’s other harbour, known only by the locals. With the summer weather here, the conditions are ideal for kayaking in this secluded harbour with Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park on our western foreshore. Check out our map of Pittwater here!
Being the only place in Australia where five waterways meet, Pittwater is a landscape made up of secluded bays and beaches, fingers of bushland running down to the water, Aboriginal rock art sites, small islands, majestic gum trees and a plethora of Australian fauna; it is truly spellbinding.
Start now and take a mixed journey of bush walking and kayaking, and explore the many hidden places of Pittwater.
Some of our favorite spots to paddle to include:
- Lovett Bay Rainforest Waterfall - A hidden waterfall in a micro rainforest is the main features of this part of the national park, providing a refreshing addition to your hour paddle across to Lovett Bay. Taking a moderate track from the south side of the bay, the bushland changes into a small rainforest and ends at the base of this intimate waterfall.
- Morning Bay Beach - Paddling directly north about 1 hour to Morning Bay (formerly known as Towler’s Bay), this secluded beach is a well kept secret among residents and boaties. Tucked away from most prevailing winds, the beach is empty during the week but the bay is a weekend favorite for boats of all description to cast a mooring and raft up. Bring raw eggs to feed the large goannas but make sure to keep them away from your picnic lunches!
- Morning Bay Pittwater Look Out - If you are after more than a lazy nap on the beach, the look out track at this bay is worth doing. This track might be a steep walk, but it's along the ridge tops - and the views are definitely worth it! Through heath land and woodland to Morning Bay lookout, there's a magnificent view up and down Pittwater. More trail information available at here.
- Portugese Bay Beach - An intimate beach, this tiny stretch of sand is worth the 2 hour paddle one way, as you are almost guaranteed the place to yourself. On the western foreshore of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, this deserted oasis provides a panoramic view of Pittwater including the Palm Beach lighthouse to Scotland Island.
- Resolute Beach - A 3 hour long distance paddle past the Basin with a challenging bushwalk, this experience is a full day adventure delivering another spell binding beach. This track starts at the Resolute Beach’s edge and immediately delivers breathtaking vistas en route to an Aboriginal midden site. More Aboriginal artwork awaits the intrepid paddler following the tracks further into the park. More trail information available at here.
Choose your own adventure with our hire kayaks and explore Pittwater at your leisure with friends and family. Book your kayaks here for an hour or up to a full day. Or go Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Book your SUPs here.
Paddlecraft also offers guided half day and full day tours, making sure you don’t miss any of these special places. Spaces are limited and bookings are essential, so check out these popular tours here.
Summer weather is a great time to get out on the water, to explore, unwind and be inspired!