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With over 20,000km of splendid coastline to
choose from, kayakers in WA are spoilt for choice
ayaking is the perfect recreational
activity for all ages, skill levels and
budgets. It’s also the ideal way to
explore unspoiled natural locations
only accessible by water. Andrew Gregory,
adventurer and author of Kayaking Around
Australia, gives us his top three kayaking
destinations around Western Australia.
Cape Le Grand and Cape Arid
The south-east’s awe-inspiring coast provides
invigorating kayaking. Drift across clear
aquamarine bays, fringed by white sandy
beaches and orange rocky headlands. Home to
seals and visited by whales, there are beautiful
remote beaches on the mainland of Cape
Le Grand and Cape Arid. In the Recherche
Archipelago, there are 105 islands and over
1500 islets to explore. There are calm bays
suitable for beginners but you need to be at
intermediate-to-advanced level to kayak much
of this open-water coast.
Shark Bay and Peron Peninsula
Explore an amazing mix of coastal landscapes
beside sheltered waters teeming with marine
life. Kayak up close with dolphins and dugongs,
and camp on beaches of innate wildness in
peaceful isolation. Two peninsulas and Dirk
Hartog Island have created a coastline of more
than 1500km that’s protected from open ocean
swells. You never need to paddle far from shore,
so it’s suitable for all skill levels. Spring and
autumn are the best times – bring shade and
water, and check the wind and tides.
This is a stunning remote coast with white sand
beaches backed by striking windswept dunes.
An outer reef between 500m and 5km offshore
has formed large lagoons perfect for kayaking
and coastal camping. The water is crystalline,
with riotous coral and abundant sea life, such as
turtles. Use the winds and kayak from south to
north through the lagoons for multi-day trips,
or make a base camp and paddle each day to
the outer reef. Use a paddle float to make an
outrigger and attach yourself to the kayak with a
leg rope so you can jump off and go snorkelling.
Autumn, winter and spring are the best to visit.
Kayaking Around Australia, by Andrew
Gregory, is published by Explore Australia,
$34.95 . Available from good bookshops.
Kayaking to a remote beach in Hellfire Bay, Cape
Le Grand (Photography Andrew Gregory).
Andrew Gregory at home on the water
(Photography Andrew Gregory).
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