Adventure Paddle - Cape Deslacs Tasmania


Want to see more of beautiful Tasmania by surfski? Our weekend Adventure Paddles will get you off the beaten “track”, broaden your horizons and develop your skills. Adventure Paddles are a fantastic way to see new sights and break out of the normal routine, with an emphasis on fun, safe and challenging downwind expeditions and open water trips. You’ll be surprised at some of these stunning paddling venues only a stones throw away from Hobart.

Adventure Paddles are run on a semi-regular basis according to weather forecast. We normally plan and communicate trip details 3-5 days out. Please contact us or check our Facebook page for up-to-date information prior to purchasing.

We recommend booking Adventure Paddles online to guarantee a place. We need all participants to confirm their participation the day before each trip.

Cape Deslacs Tasmania

When - Saturday 22nd February, 2020

Wind - this trip (or a reverse course) can run in a light/moderate W, WSW, WNW, SW, SSW, S, SSE, ESE, N, NNW or NNE and can also run in stronger E, ENE or NE wind conditions

Safety resources - land based spotter and support bus, water based coach(es) in single skis, double skis and/or IRB to suit final group

Format - Half day trip

Where - Goats Beach to Cremorne, South Arm Peninsula

Distance - 16 to 18km 

Suitable for - solid early stage paddlers (you must be comfortable remounting & paddling offshore), intermediate to advanced paddlers

Meeting - 12.00noon at the Domain car park (opposite tennis courts - map attached), where we will load skis on the trailer, get aboard the NLK bus, and head to our destination

Registration & gear hire cutoff - 5pm on the Friday prior to the trip

More information - 0439 844 649

A map of the meeting point and intended course is attached.

Course description:

This is a rite-of-passage paddle for many locals as they transition from the Derwent River to regular outings in open water. Once you've done this trip many things start to make sense and fall into place, and you'll get a taste for paddling in bigger swell with a more committing coastline. This is a chance for us to resume adventuring under the sea cliffs

and continue accumulating valuable open water mileage, or an opportunity to tick off your first trip of the season. This trip will present us with a building seabreeze, moderate & favourable groundswell, and will include some rebound off Cape Contrariety and Cape Deslacs. We'll enjoy onshore conditions and a reassuring frequency of beach catching nets to our left for the whole trip. Paddlers will have the choice of starting from the eastern (harder) or western (easier) end of Goats Bluff, before making our way out and around Black Jack Rocks to line up following conditions towards our first Cape. From Contrariety it will be straight run across the gap to Deslacs, with Clifton Beach on our inside. This is where we'll be able to tap into the surge from the swell, boosting us towards Cremorne past some incredible cliffs, ledges and caves. An easy beach landing will greet us at the finish. This is an inspiring place to paddle!


  • Group paddling expeditions
  • Greater Hobart and beyond
  • Combination of adventure, training & coaching
  • Weather dependent
  • Trip formats to suit early stage, intermediate & advanced paddlers
  • Not suitable for absolute beginners
  • Gear hire available
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