Plan your paddle

Planning your paddle will make your trip more relaxing, enjoyable and safer so before you head down to the Cooks River we encourage you to prepare yourself with the essential tips below to help you have an awesome experience!

Find your access point

Before your trip, we advise you to plan your route and choose launch points to get an idea of the time involved and get familiar with the Paddle trail surroundings. We recommend launching at the River Canoe club access point which is in close proximity to public transport and car parking facilities. Explore the map below to find your access point.

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Bring the right gear

To have an enjoyable and fun time on the water, we recommend you wear comfortable clothing and footwear, pack essential gear and carry necessary personal items.

Our comprehensive checklist helps you prepare for a recreational paddling trip. Use this list so you don’t forget anything important.

  • Life Jacket
  • Kayak/canoe
  • Paddle leash
  • Dry bag
  • Waterproof phone case
  • Signalling whistle
  • Water & snacks
  • Sun protection
  • Suitable water shoes
  • Quick drying clothing
  • Head torch /flashlight
  • First aid kit

You can pack this gear from your own home or you can hire the paddling essentials locally.

Hire your equipment

You can book your equipment with any of our partners located along the Cooks River. Check out their information below and contact them for further enquiry.

Cooks River Kayaks

With a passion for fun, adventure and fitness industry experience this family-owned business brings a memorable local experience for the community through a range of solo/tandem kayaks as well as group booking options.

Sydney Rivers Canoe Hire

At Sydney Rivers Canoe Hire, we intend to provide you with a unique Sydney experience.   You’ll be astounded by how much there is to discover and learn around the Cooks River area. Located at Kendrick Park Tempe.


To be as safe as you can on your paddle trip check out the video and information below to understand relevant safety guidelines which relate to people of all ages and levels of skill.

  • A fitted life jacket (legal requirement)
  • Let someone know of your paddle plans
  • Know your limits- individual skill level
  • Attach a leash to your paddle
  • Be seen- wear bright colours
  • Carry a communication device
  • Keep a look out for danger
  • Check- Weather, winds and tides

Text adapted from Paddle Australia website



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