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David kayaking.
David kayaking.
Kayaking at sundown.
Kayaking into Battery Point.

Hobart sea kayaks

Thursday, November 9, 2000
Find serenity while getting some exercise on a twilight tour of Hobart waters.

Kim Brodlieb and Ian Balmer own Roaring 40s Ocean Kayaking. Both have been outdoor adventurers for years.

They have 22 kayaks and five folding boats(a type of kayak that can get into places that normal boats cannot).

Sea kayaks are just over two metres in length, compared to whitewater kayaks which measure about three metres. This means they are stable, tend to go straighter and faster and are more user friendly.

If you choose to take a twilight cruise, Roaring 40s will meet you at 5.45pm at Short Beach on Sandy Bay, give you a wind breaker, a spray deck (which goes around you and the kayak like a shirt), rowing shoes and a life jacket.

Before hitting the water you will be given a briefing and demonstration to show you how to paddle, turn, keep dry, stop and get in and out of your kayak. There are single or double kayaks. The pre-kayak intro takes about 30 minutes and then off you go.

You will spend about one-and-a-half hours paddling and will pass Kayak Triangle, named because it is the finishing line of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race and the site of several capsizes.

You'll also pass the pretty area of Battery Point, Hobart's oldest development, and paddle into Fisherman's Wharf, the central dock of Hobart Harbour, where a meal of fish and chips can be delivered right to your kayak (but only on Fridays).

Twilight tours operate during daylight saving months and are a great way to enjoy some serenity while getting some exercise.


Thirty minutes' drive south of Hobart.


Roaring 40s Ocean Kayaking: tours cost $30 from Monday to Thursday without fish and chips, and $38 on Fridays with fish and chips.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Roaring 40s Ocean Kayaking
Ph: (03) 6267 5000 Fax: (03) 6267 5004

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