Want to see more of beautiful Tasmania by boat? 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 some new sights and break out of the normal training routine, with the emphasis on safety, fun and the challenge! 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.
Payment for Adventure Paddles and/or gear hire can be made online or on the day
Adventure Paddle - MARIA ISLAND
When - this Saturday 23rd March
Where - Rheban Beach to Maria Island and return, Mercury Passage
Distance - 15 to 20km depending on final group
Suitable for - solid early stage paddlers (you must be comfortable remounting & paddling offshore), intermediate to advanced paddlers
Meeting - 12.00noon in Orford (cnr Tasman Highway and Charles Street near the bridge) to travel in convoy to the starting point
Coaching & safety - Ben (IRB) & Simon (single or double ski depending on final group)
Registration & gear hire cutoff - Friday 5pm
More information - Ben 0439 844 649
A map of the meeting point is attached.
After meeting in Orford and travelling in convoy to the starting point, we'll depart from the white sands and light blue waters at Rheban Beach. We'll immediately be faced with a shallow and current-affected crossing to Lachlan Island, with several reefs to negotiate before forging on towards Maria Island. Our navigation across the Mercury Passage will be challenged by a moderate northerly wind, and we'll be confronted with yet another challenge (set by the coach!) when we get close to Maria itself :-) From here we'll make our way north, before finishing with a downwind run to the sandbar at the southern end of Carrickfergus Bay, where there will be a mix of rolling pointbreak and confused chop to play and develop your balance in...all in waist deep or chest deep water. A short punt across the bay back to Rheban Beach will complete a stunning afternoon of paddling. With only three Adventure Paddles to go this season, it's time to join the fun! Come and explore this hidden gem, a few kilometres from civilisation but seemingly a world away when you're out there gazing up at Bishop and Clerk. An ideal opportunity for paddlers to perform their first significant channel crossing...this is a place where the water comes alive!
- Group paddling expeditions
- Greater Hobart and beyond
- Mix of IRB and ski-based safety
- Combination of adventure, training & coaching
- Weather dependent
- Trip formats to suit early stage, intermediate & advanced paddlers
- Not suitable for absolute beginners
- Gear hire available