Kayak & Paddle Board Hire
Right on the beach at
Bonnie Vale Picnic Grounds
Sea Breeze Lane, Bundeena
P 0419 254 981

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring?

Hat, sunscreen, towel, change of clothes, swimming costumes, sunglasses, water bottle, plastic bag or dry bag, spray/warm fleece jacket if rain or cold weather is predicted, picnic lunch and rug

What should I wear?

Kayaking: You will get wet when paddling from splashes and your feet will get wet when getting in and out of the kayak. Comfortable lightweight clothes (no jeans) are best, a hat and plastic shoes/thongs or shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. Bring your swimming costume if you would like to enjoy a swim. Pack a light weight wet weather jacket in case of rain and a fleece if it is expected to be cool.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding: you will get wet from splashes and you will get even wetter if you fall in! We recommend wearing swimming costumes or light weight shorts and a t-shirt. Shoes are not necessary.

Do I need to book?

Yes, it’s definitely best to book - to check on both availability and predicted weather conditions. On weekdays we operate on a booking only system, so bookings are essential. Advance bookings are also essential for tours and lessons

How long does it take to get to Bundeena?

Bundeena is just under 1 hours drive from the centre of Sydney or about 1.5 hours by public transport.

What can I expect to see?

The departure point at Bundeena is a coastal bay with a stunning stretch of sandy beach (great for swimming). Venture further up the river into the National Park and you’ll leave civilization behind. Here the river takes on a new look with isolated creeks, mangrove ecosystems, secluded picnic spots, overhanging cliffs and of course the majestic towering trees of the National Park.

Is there anywhere that I can go swimming or snorkelling?

Yes. The Bonnie Vale beach front (where Bundeena Kayaks is based) is a sheltered sandy beach. The other beaches (Hordens, Gunyah and Jibbon) are also great for a dip. The rocky shorelines are also abounds in fish and invertebrate life - so be sure to pack your snorkelling gear!

Can I fish from the kayaks?

Yes! But remember you do need to have a fishing licence.

Are there any restrictions on where I can paddle?

There is 11 sq km of waterway to explore! Plenty to keep you busy for the full day if you wish! You must not however take kayaks into ocean waters

Do I need to pay a National Park entry fee to come to Bundeena?

No! Just say that you are going to Bundeena at the entry booth and you will not need to pay a park entry fee. Please note Bundeena Kayaks is located in Bonnie Vale (which is part of the National Park), if you intend to park in this area you will need to purchase a park permit,. It is best to park in the streets of Bundeena (near turn off to Bonnie Vale) and walk to our location

What is the best time of the day to go paddling?

Usually it’s best to get an early start, as the wind has a tendency to pick up in the afternoon. Sometimes however it may be to your advantage to start later in the day depending on the tide times. Ask us for more details when you book.

Do I need experience?

No paddling experience is required for any of our activities - begginners are welcome! All participants must be able to swim and be in reasonably fit condition.

Do activities go ahead in the rain?

Yes! All activities go ahead in the rain, but may be cancelled if wind strength is predicted to be very strong.

What happens if my activity is cancelled?

Activities may be cancelled if the weather is unfavourable or if there are insufficient participants. If such situations we do not offer refunds but will allow 1 year for you to rebook the activity

Is there a minimum age requirement?

No, however we do ask that all children are immediately accompanied by an adult

How do I get to Bundeena?

Bundeena is just under 1 hours drive from the centre of Sydney and can also be reached by catching a train to Cronulla and then the Cronulla Bundeena ferry service (which takes about 20 mintutes and costs $6.10 p.p.)

Do the kayaks have storage space? How much?

Yes! All of our touring kayaks have storage options - either hatches or deck space, but it’s a good idea to bring along a plastic glad bag or dry bag to put your gear in.

Do I need to be able to swim?

Yes! All participants in any kayaking activities must be competent swimmers

Will I be provided with a safety vest?

Yes! And it is a condition of hire that you wear the vest at all times whilst on the water.

What else can I do in Bundeena?

Enjoy some excellent coastal and bush walking trails, laze about or swim at one of the 4 beautiful beaches (all on Bundeena’s doorstep), have a picnic, go fishing, enjoy the cafe scene or visit the Bundeena RSL or Club Bundee.

Is there any accommodation in Bundeena?

Yes. Bundeena has many places to stay including a camping ground in the Royal National Park, beach front units, cottages and a 5-star exclusive b&b. Check out www.bundeenainfo.com or www.visitbundeena.com

Are there BBQ facilities at Bonnie Vale?

Yes. Bonnie Vale has many free electric barbeques, picnic tables and toilet facilities

What forms of payment are accepted?

We accept cash, credit card* (Mastercard and VISA) and Electronic Funds Transfers
* Payment by credit card on the day attracts a 4% processing fee (to cover bank charges).

Where do I park my car? Do I need to pay the National Parks parking permit fee?

You can either park you car in the Bonnie Vale picnic grounds car park (right next to Bundeena Kayaks) or outside the entry gate to Bonnie Vale and walk the short distance (about 150 metres) to our base. If you choose to park inside the picnic area you will need to pay the National Parks entry fee (approx. $11), if you park outside the gates there is no need to purchase a park entry ticket.

What is the policy on cancellation or change of booking date?

We do not offer refunds once an activity has been booked. And any changes to booking date will incur an admin fee - see Terms and Conditions