Sea Kayak Rentals:
We offer un-guided sea kayak rentals in Freycinet National Park. Our kayaks for rent are double sea kayaks. Nature may be beautiful and inspiring, but it is not always gentle – sea conditions can change quickly. As such, unguided sea kayak rentals are suited to experienced and confident paddlers who understand sea conditions and how to manage risks. A number of conditions apply:
- Hire area is on the Western side of Freycinet Peninsula and within a day boundary area.
- Hire is subject to weather- anything forecast over 15 knots of wind and we cannot offer our kayaks for hire.
- Hirers must have had some sea kayaking experience prior to hire.
- Minimum group size 2 (we do not hire to single paddlers, you must be in a group for safety reasons).
- Bookings-we do not take bookings for our kayak hire as they are subject to weather. We also give preference to our tours for use of our boats which means at some times of the year we do not have kayaks available to rent.
Rates & Inclusions:
- Double Kayaks: Flat rate of $120.00
- Prices include GST. Credit Card details will be required as a security bond at time of collection.
The following is provided per person:
- Single / double kayak
- spray deck
- personal flotation device
- spare paddle
- weather forecast
What you need to provide:
- Own clothing
- communication device
- National Park fees if you intend to do any day walks
A mobile or satellite phone is highly recommended for emergency communication. Please check the coverage for your network – e.g. the western coast of the Freycinet Peninsula provides good coverage for Telstra only (as at Sep 2015).
A National Park entry pass is required when entering the Freycinet National Park. Please contact Parks and Wildlife Tasmania for current rates.
How far can we paddle? Paddling distance is determined by a combination of weather conditions, paddler’s experience and fitness. As a rule of thumb 5km hour is a leisurely paddling pace. 10-15km can be considered a comfortable amount of paddling for one day.
How much gear can we take? Double kayaks have storage for approximately two backpacks-worth of gear. Single kayaks can fit the equivalent of 1½ backpacks-worth of gear.
What is the weather like? The weather in Tasmania is varied. Be prepared for all extremes – including sun, rain, wind and cold (sometimes all in one day!). During December to February the average daily temperature is around 25 degrees Celsius. During these months a daily sea breeze of an average 20 knots is typically experienced – the direction varies around the state. E.g. the Freycinet Peninsula experiences a north-east sea breeze (offshore on the western-side of the Peninsula). During the remainder of the year air temperatures are cooler (frosts are experienced in winter), hours of daylight shorter and sea breeze less prominent.
What is the water temperature? May vary from 10 degrees Celsius in the winter months to 20 degrees in the summer months.
What facilities are there? Facilities available in Coles Bay include: accommodation and camping, grocery stores, post office, bakery, tavern, petrol stations, restaurants, take aways. The nearby towns of Bicheno (30 mins) and Swansea (45 mins) have a number of additional services including the Bendigo Bank, hardware stores and larger grocery stores. Visit www.wineglassbay.com for details on the local area, businesses and services.