Cooks River Paddle Trail is a 25km network of rivers, canals and bays in the heart of Sydney.

Cook River Paddle Trail connects the Cooks River Valley and the Wolli Creek Valley with Botany Bay, offering a picturesque and rewarding environment for canoeing, kayaking and rowing, ideally suited to beginner and intermediate paddlers, as well as the more advanced. You can leisurely paddle amongst mangroves along Wolli Creek, try a beach landing on Botany Bay or test yourself along the broad reaches of the Cooks River.

The River Canoe Club in Tempe sits at the centre of the Cooks River Paddle Trail and is an ideal starting point for exploring the trail, but you can also join the trail at Hurlstone Park, Kyeemagh and Turella, as well as many points along the Botany Bay foreshore. Many parks and beaches along the trail offer great picnic spots, as well as amenities such as cafes and public toilets.

Cooks River Paddle Trail is one of many ways you can discover this hidden gem of inner Sydney—you can also explore the area by bicycle on the Cooks River Path, as well as on foot on the Two Valleys Trail, both of which run alongside much of the Paddle Trail.

Cooks River Paddle Trail Map


Explore the trail

Explore the Cooks River Paddle Trail and surrounding areas with this interactive map. We’re always adding new places of interest, from launch sites to cafes to amenities. Click on an icon to show more information about that area.



Check the weather before you go

Please take care out there—while an amazing place to paddle, there are some risks that need to be taken seriously. It’s always great to check the weather forecast, winds and tides before you head out.

Stay safe on the water



Install these apps

There are plenty of great smartphone apps that you can easily install to make your outing on the Cooks River Paddle Trail safer and more fun. These apps are available for all modern smartphones:

BOM Weather is the Bureau of Meteorology’s weather app, giving you the most accurate weather information at your fingertips.
Emergency Plus lets you quickly call Triple Zero (000) with a single click.
Paddle Prep has been designed for all paddlers: from those who are new to paddle sports to those that are already hooked on this great lifelong activity. The objective of Paddle Prep is to provide guidance and education on safety matters to encourage paddlers to develop their skills, knowledge and experience safely while having fun on the water. Developed by Paddle Australia.
Paddle Safe describes over four hundred rivers, lakes, dams, estuaries, bays and coastlines in New South Wales. This guide is being continually updated and expanded by keen paddlers and other waterways enthusiasts via the Waterways Guide website. River levels and weather forecasts are sourced from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Developed by PaddleNSW.
Relive lets you track and share your outdoor activites. Easily track all your outdoor activities and see how you were doing. Turn your activities into beautiful stories, including animated 3D videos. Follow your friends and others on their adventures out there.
Seabreeze is a weather app geared towards water sports. It offers tens of thousands of forecast locations around Australia, all using the latest weather forecasting technology. You get access to seven day hourly temperature and rain forecasts.
WillyWeather organises the world’s weather data into the most valuable local information. The app includes radar, satellite, detailed wind, rain, tide, swell and UV forecasts, as well as moon phases and more.
Windfinder gives you accurate global forecasts for wind, weather, tides and waves. Reliable and easy to use for related outdoor sports and a wide range of applications. Detailed wind and weather forecasts and weather information for your location. See wind, waves, tides and weather reports and current wind measurements for your own weather predictions.