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.
Deep Glen Bay Tasmania
When - TBC
Wind - this trip will run in NE, ENE, E, ESE or SE 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 - Full day trip
Where - Eaglehawk Neck to Deep Glen Bay and return, Tasman Peninsula
Distance - 20 to 22km
Suitable for - solid early stage paddlers (you must be comfortable remounting & paddling offshore), intermediate to advanced paddlers
Meeting - 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.
Deep Glen Bay was the site of Tasmania's most famous maritime self-rescue event in 1973. It was here that 7 of the original 10 members from the Blythe Star, a freighter which sank off the south-west coast, came ashore in a life raft after drifting for 11 days.
Starting from Pirates Bay at Eaglehawk Neck, we will launch this trip by paddling through the shorebreak and heading north past the Tessellated Pavement. Very quickly we'll get a feel for how the Blythe Star survivors would have felt, with the steep cliffs to our left and the open ocean to our right...next stop New Zealand! To the south we'll have views of the Hippolytes and the Candlestick at Cape Hauy, the continental shelf is close to the coast here and we'll immediately appreciate the colour and depth of the water and just how much energy it has, even on a calm day. As we continue along the coast the rock walls steepen and there will be many folds and coves to explore, with streams of water coming over the cliff edge taking on different colours depending on the minerals in the rock, the lichen growth, and the angle of the light. Closer to the turning point of the trip the water comes to life with reefs and currents creating small waves and surges. We'll stop in Deep Glen Bay itself for snacks and drinks, with the option of a rocky landing for some, or just cruising around soaking up the eerie atmosphere and checking out the caves, that are large enough to paddle into. These will be some of the steepest walls of the trip, creating some of the lowest light levels! Turning for home we'll use the breeze to push us back to Eaglehawk Neck. This is truly downwind paddling on the edge of the world! There may also be the opportunity to surf ourselves silly at "Dave's Place", a point break at the northern end of Pirates Bay, just before getting off the water! A stop at Dunalley on the way home for the best fish & chips in Tasmania will top off a great day, exploring one of NLK's favourite pieces of coastline.
- 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