Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) continues to grow in popularity in Australia, and with over 10,000 incredible beaches to explore along its coastline, in addition to stunning rivers, lakes and other waterways dotted across the country, it is no surprise!
Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned SUPer, stand-up paddle boarding is a fantastic activity for many reasons. Stand-up paddle boarding is not only a fun and relaxing leisure activity, it is also a great workout and a fabulous alternative to traditional surfing. Requiring some level of core as well as upper body strength, stand-up paddle boarding is a great means of incidental exercise while having loads of fun.
Let’s take a look now at some of the ultimate locations to go stand-up paddle boarding in Australia’s sunshine state, Queensland!
Mossman River, Tropical Far North Queensland (north of Cairns)
Gliding along the spectacular, ancient Mossman River, located in the exquisite Daintree Rainforest (the oldest surviving tropical rainforest in the world) is an experience like no other.
Join a small guided tour with local tour company WindSwell (based in Port Douglas). Your guided Mossman River SUPing tour shall see you slowly paddling and gliding down the crystal-clear water, surrounded by lush, green tropical rainforest vegetation. Your tour includes sampling some delicious local tropical fruit as well as a heavenly natural body scrub, using ochre from the Mossman riverbank itself.
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Tangalooma Island Resort, Moreton Island (near Brisbane)
Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island near Brisbane is a fabulous option for locals and tourists alike, with its gentle, calm waters making for great stand-up paddle boarding conditions. Tangalooma Resort can be reached by means of a 75-minute catamaran ride from the nearby capital of Queensland, Brisbane.
Moreton Island is also home to the extraordinary Tangalooma Wrecks, a collection of deliberately sunken vessels which are home to a wide array of beautiful sea life. Don’t be surprised if you see a number of friendly dolphins while SUPing around the island’s shore!
Tallebudgera Creek, Gold Coast
The stunning Tallebudgera Creek is one of Australia’s finest and most unique SUPing destinations. Lined by the gorgeous Burleigh Heads National Park and leading out to the ocean on Australia’s east coast, Tallebudgera Creek is a feast for the eyes.
With its calm and amazingly clear turquoise water, Tallebudgera Creek is a SUPers dream location. Choose to bring along your own gear or hire some from Action Outdoor Hire (prices start from just $30 for 2 hours of fun). Where possible, try to avoid visiting Tallebudgera Creek in school holidays, in order to avoid large crowds and parking difficulties.
Fitzroy Island (near Cairns)
Stand-up paddle boarding is just one of an incredible array of water activities on offer on Fitzroy Island, off the coast of Cairns in beautiful Tropical Far North Queensland. Fitzroy Island can be explored for just the day or via means of a longer stay at Fitzroy Island Resort, and the island is easily accessed by taking a 45-minute Fast Cat ride from the Cairns Marina.
Did you know that Fitzroy Island is located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef? In addition to its warm, turquoise waters, the incredible sea life of the Reef below you (including clown fish, giant clams and majestic marine turtles) makes Fitzroy Island one of the best stand-up paddle boarding locations in the world.
All relevant SUP gear is available for hire from Fitzroy Island’s Dive and Adventure Centre. If you are a big fan of water activities, you may also like to try your hand at snorkelling, scuba diving, sea kayaking and bouncing on the island’s very own giant ocean trampoline!