Explore Western Australia's spectacular waterways on a kayak or canoe. Float lazily down tranquil rivers, paddle into secluded coves or hurtle down wild whitewater rapids.
The Peel Canoe Trail is the Top Trail for visitors as a map of the trail is available along with canoe hire in Mandurah. However, there are many other areas where you will be able to hire a canoe or join a tour operator and enjoy some time out on the water and more trails will be added to this site over the coming months.
If you are not a confident swimmer do not go into on onto the water. A properly fitted flotation device or lifejacket is essential and your paddle craft must be suitable for the conditions.
Paddling conditions vary greatly through the seasons and throughout the day. For ocean and estuary paddling in particular winds, tides and currents are important factors.
The water level and flow rate are especially significant when paddling in rivers. The Avon River, for example, can be virtually dry for long stretches during the summer but is renowned for its white water rapids during winter.
The general rule is 'you got yourself into this: you get yourself out of it.' Safety is risk management and knowing your limitations and working within them. The Australian Canoeing Safety Guidelines will give you an outline on what you should do (or not do).
Paddle Trails in Western Australia
|Trail Name||Top Trail||Rating||Region||Time||Length||Difficulty|
|Burswood Paddle Trail||Perth||Half day||(Loop) 7km||Easy|
|Canning River Wetlands, Cannington||Perth||1-3 hours||(Loop) 8km||Easy|
|Coral Bay Kayak Trail||Coral Coast||Half day||(Loop) 2km||Easy|
|Eaton to the Cut, Kayak Trail||South West||1-3 hours||(Loop) 5km||Easy|
|Esperance Lakes Canoe Trail||Golden Outback||1-3 hours||5.5km||Moderate|
|Frankland River Paddle, Nornalup||South West||Half day||(Loop) 13km||Easy|
|Garden Island Kayak Trail, Rockingham||Perth||Half day||10km||Moderate|
|Honeymoon Pool Kayak Trail. Wellington NP||South West||Full day||(Loop) 3km||Moderate|
|Little Island Kayak Trail, Hillary’s||Perth||1-3 hours||(Loop) 5km||Easy|
|North Fremantle Paddling Trail||Perth||Half day||(Loop) 8 km||Moderate|
|Ord River, Kununurra||North West||Multiple day||45km||Moderate|
|Peel Region Canoe Trails||This is a Top Trail||Perth||Half day||20km||Easy|
|Shark Bay Kayak Trail, Denham||Coral Coast||Multiple day||90km||Difficult|
|Shoalwater Islands Marine Park Paddle||Perth||Half day||(Loop) 8km||Moderate|