Kayak and Ice-cream on Sydney Harbour

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This Summer, we tried to come up with the ultimate Summer Kayak Tour on Sydney Harbour! This is it! Throughout January, Sydney by Kayak are offering a 1.5 hour Kayak Tour on Sydney Harbour, departing daily at 1pm, including your choice of fresh, creamy ice-cream from Artarmon Gelatisimo, provided in Thermos cups to keep them cold. To wash it down and feel really summery, you’ll also have a cold thermos of refreshing watermelon juice (or water). Our kayaks have custom made holders for each of these, meaning you can enjoy a leisurely paddle out to Luna Park for photos in front of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, before heading to Blues Point to float around and enjoy your summery treats in your kayak. We’ll do our best to make this will be one of the top things you’ll do in Sydney this summer!

These tours are available every day in January, meeting in Lavender Bay at 1pm for a full safety briefing with your Guide, along with a life-jacket fitting and set up of your kayak. The tour will then launch from the beach next to the Lavender Bay boat ramp, heading across to Luna Park, where your Guide will take multiple photos of you and your group in front of the incredible Sydney backdrop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, which are included in the tour price. (Please note, these are not professional photos. Our Professional Sunrise Photographer is only available on Sunrise tours).

The tour will then head across Lavender Bay and around into Blues Point Reserve, where you will be able to sit and relax in our “armchairs on the water” Grifinn kayaks, so you can enjoy your ice-cream and refreshing watermelon juice, as you take in the sights and sounds of the incredible Sydney Harbour.

Kayak and Ice-creamYou can choose from a range of ice-cream flavours and icy sorbets, including chocolate, vanilla, mango, cookies and cream, chocolate mint, espresso, “Artarmon Amore” (raspberries and cream! Flavour of the month!) hazelnut or lemon, plus a range of other special flavours. Please check our Facebook page for specials throughout January.

The watermelon juice is made by Nudie Juice and has watermelon, lychee, pear and lime in it. If this doesn’t appeal to you, you can opt for a cold water instead. Drink and ice-cream options can be selected when booking the tour.

You don’t need to be an experienced kayaker as our kayaks are really stable and you will be instructed and guided in a small group of just 9 paddlers, by a professional Kayak Instructor. You will be taken through a safety briefing before departure and will be provided with all equipment needed for the paddle, including a single, glass bottom kayak with stable double keels and comfortable seats.

As we are not venturing too far on this relaxing summer tour, it is a great paddle for beginners. Sit inside the sheltered bay of Blues Point and watch the busy, iconic Sydney Harbour come to life as you enjoy all that Sydney Summer has to offer, from the comfort of your kayak.

The tour departs from Lavender Bay boat ramp, where you will be greeted by your Guide. They will assist in helping you get ready for the tour, including a safety briefing, life-jacket fitting and setting up your kayaks for paddling.

What’s included in the tour:

All equipment hire, including a single sit-inside Grifinn Kayak, paddle and life-jacket.

A dry bag for your phone, keys and camera. (You can also leave these securely in our kayak van).

A qualified, friendly and experienced Kayak Guide/Instructor.

An exclusive, small group of just 10 people, including your Guide.

Full safety briefing and kayak instruction prior to departure.

A pre-ordered Gelatisimo ice-cream and cold, refreshing watermelon juice or water.

Photos of the tour, including shots in front of the Sydney
Opera House and Harbour Bridge, taken by your Guide.

What to bring/wear

Wear light, comfortable clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet (from paddle splash).

Hat and sunnies.

You are likely to get wet from paddle splash, so bring spare clothes to change into.

A towel to dry off after the paddle.

Current launch location is Lavender Bay Boat Ramp. Make sure you plan how you’re going to get to the boat ramp for the scheduled arrival time.

Lavender Bay Boat Ramp is on Railway Avenue, which is at the bottom of Lavender Crescent, just under the railway arch. You should see our 10 colourful kayaks at the boat ramp, along with our friendly Guide, setting everything up.

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