Victoria is lucky to have a long, varied coastline and plenty of beautiful lakes, rivers and waterways. Most of which can be explored by kayak and canoe.The Barwon River, just past Geelong, and Lake Wendouree in Ballarat offer ample opportunities to hit the water. Or you can venture further afield to the Gippsland Lakes in eastern Victoria, or the coastal town of Apollo Bay. Inland, the mighty Murray River is an excellent canoeing destination, while the Lower Glenelg River in western Victoria is great for long distance paddles.


Paddle solo in serenity or join a guided tour of Port Phillip Bay. If you're after an adrenaline rush, head to the Snowy, Thompson, Mitchell and Mitta Mitta rivers in Victoria's High Country, where you'll find white water and wilderness ready to welcome you.


Join a tour


The good news? You don’t even need your own kayak to explore Victoria’s waterways. Most water-based towns run local canoe and kayak tours, especially in the Lakes District, or along the Great Ocean Road. You can paddle your way around Wilson’s Promontory for three days with Sea Kayak Australia, or join Extreme Watersport to explore the Mornington Peninsula, then finish with a well-earned dip in the nearby hot springs.


White water rafting


Want to kick things up a notch? One of Victoria’s best-kept secrets is the Mitta River Gorge, just east of Beechworth in the state’s alpine district. It features more than 60 rapids, classed from 2 to 4, and there are several rafting tours you can join, depending on your skill level and taste for adventure. Check out Rafting Australia for all the details.

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