Adventure Paddle - Derwent River 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.

Derwent River Tasmania

When - TBC

Wind - this trip (or a reverse course) can run in N, NNE, NNW, NE, S, SSE, SSW 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 - Half day trip

Where - Long Beach, Derwent River to Tinderbox, D'entrecasteaux Channel

Distance - 18km

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

Meeting - Next Level Kayaking (40 Parkdale Drive, Leslie Vale), 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:

Affectionately known as the Golden Goose this is Hobart's most popular downwind run, coming into play when the conditions are warm and northerly, with the reverse course on offer when it's cool and southerly, or in a sea breeze. 

Leaving from Long Beach, Sandy Bay, we'll make our way out to the John Garrow light, this area will provide us with an early test of paddler comfort levels in the cross-chop/current this patch of water can throw up. After that we'll set sail for Pearson's Point, Tinderbox, with potential rest/pull-out points at Taroona, Kingston and Blackman's Bay.

Intrepid paddlers who make it past Blackman's Bay are then faced with a meeting of waters where the mouth of the Derwent River, eastern end of the d'Entrecastreaux Channel, and fringe of Storm Bay intersect under the cliffs of Pearsons. This section has bought many a paddler undone, so we'll be on our game through here and paddling with intent in the technical conditions. After this we'll be on the homeward strait to the Tinderbox boat ramp!


  • 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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