Adventure Paddle - Isle of Caves 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.

Isle of Caves Tasmania

When - Saturday 16th November, 2019

Wind - this trip (or a reverse course) can run in moderate, fresh and strong W, WSW, WNW, E, ESE and ENE conditons.

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 - Primrose Sands (Frederick Henry Bay) to Dunalley (Norfolk Bay)

Distance - 18 to 20km 

Suitable for - paddlers at Moving Targets level (or equivalent), Paddle Progress paddlers transitioning to Moving Targets level (or equivalent), you must be comfortable remounting & paddling offshore in whitecapping conditons

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.

Course description:

Easily the safest and fastest westerly downwind course in Tassie, with 80% visible by road, landing points within 1km at all times, and positioned at the pointy end of the fetch near the catching net of Norfolk Bay. Starting from Primrose Sands in the lee of Carlton Bluff, we'll enjoy a sheltered first kilometre before pulling out into the wind and putting a few hard yards in to line up our run to the east. Depending on the wind strength and the final group we'll turn early and paddle downwind between the Isle of Caves and the mainland, or take on the outside line. The water gets lumpy as it shallows up to form the Bass Shoal near the Isle itself – hold on! Don’t get too greedy with the groundswell here, stay high on the wind and there will be linking opportunities aplenty.

From there you'll follow the coast and feel the water both slow down and "straighten up", before increasing in speed again off Connelly’s Marsh. From here it’s point-and-shoot fast, fun runs to the last spit of land before Dunalley. By now you’ll have turned left and be within visual of the finishing point – 1km to go! Head for the canal, either via the channel markers or across the sand bar depending on the tide. The get out (boat ramp) is before the first bridge over the canal – on your LHS just after the Fish Shop, with ample parking & changing room only a few metres away.

Highly recommended: The fish and chips at the famous Dunalley Fish Shop. A review is here.


  • 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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