“Being lost in Australia gives you a lovely sense of security” – Bruce Chatwin
Almost everyone who has been to the world famous Outback did agree with this. Over 780,000 visitors to the Australian outback in the month of February 2017 alone. This means that there was over 11.5% annual growth rate of the tourism sector. The Land Down Under has abundant sources of opulent beaches, endless valley and even dense forests. Even though Australia is well known for its vast and endless deserts, it also has a lot of large and dense forests.
Stand up paddle boarding can credit its origin to surfing that first originated in Hawaii. Stand up paddle boarders stand on their boards and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water. A report even claims that Stand up paddle boarding recorded the highest number of first time participants in the United States, for the fiscal year of 2013. There are a wide variety of wet suits and other clothing materials that are specifically designed for wetness, which can be used by stand up paddle boarders. Stand up paddle boarding has several benefits:
1) It can be considered as an excellent outdoor recreational activity
2) It will improve human reflexes and lead to better fitness
3) Paddle board yoga is quite popular these days, especially when you have a large supply of healthy and fresh air.
Stand up paddle boarders have grown in participant’s size, with over 2.8 million people participating in the popular sport in 2014. The paddle board can cost anywhere between 600 US$ up to 3000 US$, depending on the type of SUP. The reason for it being so expensive is that the latest paddle board is made up of glass reinforced plastic using epoxy resin or polyester. The length of these boards are generally longer than 2.5 meters where some boards are even designed to be longer than 3.5m. The paddles are made up of fiberglass or wood with a flat blade at one end of the paddle and a smooth handle on the other end. The paddle must be held with a wide grip instead of keeping the hands close to each other. The most effective paddling technique is the push pull method where the paddle is gently inserted into the water ahead of the feet and then the paddle is pulled backwards and this action would propel the Paddle board forward. Stand up paddle boarding is easy to learn and is a lot of fun as well.
This 344km long river channel along southeast Australia empties out into the Brisbane Moreton way. Sightseeing the best tourist locations in Australia from the calmness of the water will definitely provide a memorable perspective of Australia’s urban life.
The Forster Islands is a series of islands surrounded by rivers, lakes and the ocean. It’s situated on the east coast of Australia, about three and a half hours north of Sydney. Exploring the thin waterways between the lush islands will be a lot of fun. The world famous Forster Islands annual paddle competition hosting the 5k and 10k competition. After all, what found would it be without a little friendly competition?
This island is definitely worth visiting in its own right since it’s located only a mere 18km away from Australia’s west coast. This entire is so valuable that its protected 24×7 as it hosts a rich and vibrant variety of flora and fauna that’s also native to the adorable quokkas. The Rottnest Island also hosts the grueling 27km downwind ocean race from the Rottnest Island all the way up to Sorrento beach. This grueling competition is held here every November.
This is the famous Sydney suburb gives fellow paddle boarders a smooth and free flow movement from the bay into the Tasman Sea. Paddle surfing along this line gives sensational views of Sydney’s skylines and a beautiful view into the Sydney Harbor National Park. The Watsons Bay hosts the annual Every man and his dog’ competition for a day of competition accompanied with a lot of cuteness. Stand up paddle boarding schools are present along the bayside which provides lessons to first time paddle boarders and even offers paddle board rental services.
Port Philip Bay:
This bay offers 200km of protected coastline which can be used for exceptional site seeing and even fun sports like the Stand up Paddle boarding. For those who love long distance travelling, this is your perfect destination. The circular nature of the bay makes it much easier for tourists to plan a route from one beach to another.
The dove lake is famous for its soul nourishing and peaceful experience, considered as the perfect getaway from the inevitable pressures of daily urban life. Its shore is cornered by beech trees and verdant pines. Its waterways are crystal clear and have pebble covered bottom. The mirror like reflections offers exceptional landscape views
This lake is one of Australia’s best flat water sports destinations. The large water body is surrounded by small islands and rolling hills. Paddle boarding through Lake Pedder will undoubtedly make you contemplate the power of man and Mother Nature.
The 95km long Okaparinga River flows from the mountains and empties out into the Port Noarlunga Estuary. The river possesses rich and diverse landscape along the river bank. The Okaparinga River is bordered by forests as well but the real gem of them all is the estuary itself. The estuary is outlined by very tall cliffs. As the river curls into the ocean, it leaves behind little warm sandy patches that glow like embers at sunrise.
Situated on the Gold Coast, the Hinze Dam is very popular among renowned Stand up Paddle boarders. Even though it’s technically a dam, its reservoir has been given the name Lake Advancetown. The coast is outlined with a large number of large trees and tall grasses. Apart from being an ideal Stand up Paddle boarding destination, it’s also a beautiful and famous fishing spot.
Surfers and paddle boarders flock into the currumbin beach comes to no surprise as it’s composed of rich and shallow waters. The flow of water is relatively calm, making it a very popular place amongst the tourists.
Paddle boarding not only gives you better fitness, it also helps you to feel the local culture and experience the rich and diverse local heritage