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Australia's best spots for canoeing and kayaking?

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When the summer heat becomes intolerable there is no better way to cool down than to go to the beach or a local river. While we all enjoy swimming during a heatwave, waterports such as canoeing and kayaking are also a great way to chill out, as you inevitably end up getting totally soaked.

Whether you enjoy ocean kayaking, white water rafting or a more leisurely kind of canoeing, can you recommend some good spots in your local area for this kind of sport? In your opinion, what are Australia's best spots for canoeing and kayaking?

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Best all location for all levels of experience would be the swan river.

I've been kayaking and canoeing since I was 3years old.
Hawkesbury river, and the Tasmanian rivers for sure!!!
Picton and Derwent Rivers for scenery and environment.

It depends on what kind of paddling you're wanting to do! I agree with Pippa that there are some awesome spots in Tasmania. The Tully River up in far northern Queensland is very good for white-water kayaking too, as are some of the rivers in the Barrington Tops, a few hours north of Newcastle. For a more leisurely paddle, any river or inlet with enough water is perfectly OK. There are some lovely spots down in the south-west of WA, including the Harvey, Blackwood, Murray and Margaret Rivers. Closer to Perth, the Swan, Avon and Canning Rivers have some lovely spots to explore.
Rivers in Guy Fawkes NP, Nthn NSW.
I've no idea!
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