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Top (3) tourism goals met in our new Pittwater Discovery Tours
“Establish a world-class journey on Pittwater” was identified as a Priority 1 project in the Sydney Harbour National Landscape Experience Development Strategy developed by Tourism Australia and Parks Australia. Through identification of the Experience Seekers as the ideal tourist profile for Sydney, it was found that “nature”, “Aboriginal” and “journeys” was nominated as the greatest opportunity for Sydney to deliver spellbinding visitor experiences for the international market. (Source TRC Tourism 2013). Paddlecraft successfully met these visitor objectives in their new 2016 tour packages and was selected to receive a grant for small tourism business operators from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
The Visitor Economy Taskforce Report (2012) from Tourism Australia suggests that Sydney has lost its number one status across a range of measures. It has been outperformed by competitor destinations in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region over recent years. Over the last decade, Sydney’s market share of international visitors has declined from 53.6 % to 47.7 %. Sydney is Australia’s major gateway, receiving 2.6 million international visitors in 2012-13. This represents 42 per cent of all inbound arrivals. However, this share has declined over time, down ten points from 57 per cent in 2000, with Sydney losing market share to competitors such as Melbourne. This is reflected in the city’s average inbound visitation growth rate of 0.3% per annum, lagging behind the national average of 1.9 per cent 11. (Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS, 2013) – Overseas Arrivals and Departures, June 2013)
Pittwater Discovery Tours are guided tour offerings that combine one day and multi day bushwalking and kayaking journeys in a spectacular national park and marine landscape located within an hour’s drive of Sydney. Traversing bushland to beaches on a kayak, these tours allow visitors to experience varied ecosystems, Aboriginal artwork & artefacts and bushland & aquatic wildlife first hand in a natural environment. By providing a range of nature based experiences through the uniquely aquatic perspective of kayaking, these tours meet the visitor’s desires for an authentic and distinctive Australian experience of nature, promote education and conservation values and broadens Sydney’s appeal by highlighting her natural attributes.
Spring weather makes us all want to head outdoors and whether you look for fitness, social activity or connecting with nature, the conditions are ideal for paddling on Pittwater. Paddlecraft has helped all types of paddlers to get out on the water and our vision is to get people to choose their own type of paddling with the right equipment they need.
As many new paddlers are unsure about paddling on their own, joining a paddling group or social club is often a great way to start paddling more regularly and safely. Why exercise inside when you can paddle a kayak on Pittwater for fitness and fun? Check out more information on choosing the right type of kayak to start paddling, as well as, info on our paddling clubs here.
Or you may be looking for someplace new to discover! Only an hour outside of Sydney, explore Pittwater, Sydney’s other harbour, known mostly by the locals. Read more about our favorite paddling places and how to sign up for our tours or hire here.
Are you looking for a new fitness challenge this spring? Nothing beats the Olympic sport of kayaking for ramping up your fitness. We provide group instruction on flat water and ocean paddling and also can help you get fitted with the right surf skis and equipment. Don’t delay anymore and find out how to get out training here.
What does being in Pittwater do for you? For Paddlecraft, a Pittwater experience can mean many things to our different customers but we always find everyone comes back happy and satisfied and want to do it again soon!
Did you miss the Scotland island Showdown 2016 Race? Checkout the video and see the race highlights. It was an amazing day with record breaking attendance for the PNSW Harbour Series this year. Pittwater aimed to please and the westerly winds add a bit of challenge and the sun was out and shining. See you there next year!
Have you been working to improve your paddling but feel like you haven’t seen any significant change? Hitting a training plateau even after putting extra time and effort on the water is very common for many paddlers. In order to break away from that pattern, either an equipment or training change is usually required. However, with so many skis on the market, it is difficult to find one that really delivers a different performance to each paddler.
Our new Ocean Surf skis, with their innovative, state of the art design has really gotten the surf ski community talking. These skis have just come into stock and it may just be the new technology that will take you to the next level.
The Ocean Surf skis, designed by Umberto Felci, are an exceptional combination of naval architecture, high quality material and detailing. This has resulted in a distinctive hybrid reverse bow hull design that offers stability without sacrificing speed in any paddling conditions for paddlers of all levels. The OSS ‘s nose pushes the bow out of the water through the volume in the lower part and doesn’t “dive” as other skis do on the wave. The rudder position is positioned further along the ski to reduce water resistance allowing the long, thin rudder form to steer in flat and surf conditions. These skis have also upended the stability vs performance argument, by combining flattened areas on the ski hull with the hybrid bow design for a fast yet stable ski ride.
If it is time for you to upgrade your ski and ensure greater performance from your paddling, or if you just want to make sure that the ski you purchase will not hold you back from any challenging water conditions, then book in for your free demo paddle of our new Ocean Series OSS surf skis.
Paddlecraft will be closed on Good Friday, 25th March and Easter Monday, 28th March but we will be OPEN on Saturday & Sunday 26th & 27th March. We are very sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause. You can leave a message at the shop or contact us at email@example.com and we will do our very best to get back to you. Regards, Ross & Helen
25 June, 2015
Paddlecraft will be closed from Monday, 29th June to 10th July but we will be OPEN on Saturday 4th & 5th July. We are very sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause. You can leave a message at the shop or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our very best to get back to you. Regards, Ross & Helen
21 March, 2015
School Holiday kayaking programs at Paddlecraft provide a fun, safe and affordable introduction to paddling and the Pittwater marine environment. Programs are tailored to age groups and conducted in the safety of Pittwater, classfied as a still water marine area, under the supervision of fully qualified instructors, giving your children the best possible experience!
11 January, 2015
Kicking off the Sydney 2015 summer paddling season, kayaks, skis and stand up paddling boards are being readied for entry into a few upcoming events! Mention this article & Paddlecraft will offer a 20% discount on PFDs purchased for participation in any of these events.
11 January, 2015
Paddlecraft’s new website is still experiencing the usual technical glitches that comes with a big job, but we are now offering FREE shipping with orders over $150 and flat rate shipping costs as well. Our standard shipping costs for orders below $150 is $10 for parcel post, as well as, offering express post services for $18.50. Our storeroom is full with stock, so we do have most items in our ranges ready to ship. Bulkier items like kayak trolleys and roof rack kayak carriers can be easily dispatched with a courier in the Sydney Metro and we can quote costs for areas outside that region. Unfortunately, kayaks, skis & stand up boards can be costly to ship but we do have access to specialized kayak couriers that will deliver, so let us give you a quote and you can decide.