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Paddling in the Ocean

Knowledge of local swell, sea, wind, prevailing conditions and sound judgment is necessary for safe experiences in this area. Paddlers attempting these waters need to be experienced and able to read ocean dynamics in a setting of multiple headlands, overhangs offshore stacks and reef platforms.

Knowledge of local swell, sea, wind, prevailing conditions and sound judgment is necessary for safe experiences in this area. Paddlers attempting these waters need to be experienced and able to read ocean dynamics in a setting of multiple headlands, overhangs offshore stacks and reef platforms.

Paddlers will need to have a confident roll (if using a sea kayak) and  sound self-rescue management skills. All groups should be carrying EPIRB or PLB (personal locator beacon), flares, compass, marine charts and tow gear.  Sea fogs are common in summer (often without warning) convection fogs are more common in autumn and winter.

If the conditions are right, paddlers will be treated to some of the most sublime seascapes imaginable including sea-sculptured cliffs, pinnacles, gorges and bridges. Being on the water gazing up at the towering features provides a unique aspect not accessible to most.

Viable put-in points are accessible at Port Campbell Bay and from the Boat Bay boat ramp in Bay of Islands Coastal Park.

Always inform someone on shore of the groups intention and don’t paddle alone!

For less experienced kayakers or canoers, volcanic lakes and estuaries offer generally calmer and more predictable waters.

Accommodation Nearby

Anchors Port Campbell

Port Campbell

Sounds of the Sea Bed and Breakfast

Port Campbell

Portside Motel

Port Campbell

Summer’s Rest Units

Port Campbell

Things To Do Nearby

Places To Eat & Drink

Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawuurung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Ancestors, past present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.