Pittwater Sydney

Pittwater, located in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, is a popular destination for paddling enthusiasts. With its pristine waters, scenic views, and diverse paddling conditions, it’s no wonder why so many people flock to this location for a day of adventure.

One of the best things about paddling on Pittwater is the diversity of conditions available. The sheltered bays provide calm and protected waters for beginners, while the open ocean offers more challenging conditions for experienced paddlers. The area is also home to a variety of wildlife, including dolphins, seals, and a range of bird species.

For those looking to make a weekend of it, the Basin campground is an excellent option for camping. The campground offers a variety of facilities, including picnic areas, BBQs, and toilets, making it a comfortable and convenient base for exploring the area. Visitors can paddle from the campground to explore the surrounding bays and beaches, or take a hike through the nearby Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Pittwater is also a regular location for the River Canoe Club. The club offers a range of paddling activities, including training sessions, social paddles, and competitive events. Whether you’re a seasoned paddler or a beginner, the River Canoe Club welcomes all skill levels and offers a supportive community for those looking to improve their skills.

Useful info

  • Marine Chart for Pittwater.
  • To give a sense of scale, Pittwater is approx 15km north to south. A typical day out paddling therefore is around 20-30km – can scale up or down.
  • Good spots to launch: McCarr’s Creek (southern end of Pittwater).
  • Nice spots to stop at: Clareville Beach (friendly but busy swimming beach), the Basin (overnight camping), Church Point (coffee/food).
  • Classic routes: McCarr’s Creek to Resolute Beach return (approx 22km total).
  • A longer one-way paddle (if conditions suitable, requires car-shuffle) – is a McCarr’s Creek to West Head and then onto Akuna Bay.
  • Worth-mentioning : There can be lots of yachts racing, particular summer months. Also, swell can make it into the top of Pittwater – depending on direction.

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