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Melbourne City Twilight Kayak Tour

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Overview
• This tour is really 2 tours in one, as you start off in daylight and then you end in the dark. Therefore you see Melbourne at different light stages - before sunset, sunset and then you observe the "Fireballs" at the crown casino after dark.
Take in views of Melbourne's skyline while paddling past restaurants, old ships, the former port area and new port.
• This is a unique experience with easy paddling and a slow pace to take in the views.
• Historical commentary on the old docks area is provided along the way with talks about the former Customs House, turning basin, historical ships, former waterfall and "Mission for Seamen" head quarters. 
• There is a rest stop, half way through the tour, to stretch your legs and have a snack and a drink.
• The tour is 2.5 hours duration.
• Twilight sessions (5, 6 or 7pm, depending on light) are available.
• Photos emailed after the event.
Highlights
  • Explore Melbourne and the Yarra River in a fun kayak—no crowds or traffic
  • Paddle past landmarks like the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Crown Casino
  • Learn about Melbourne history and the landmarks you see along the way
  • Tour includes all equipment as well as light refreshments after the tour
What to Expect
Meet your guide in central Melbourne, on the south side of the Yarra River. After getting outfitted with your kayak, paddles, and life vest, set out on your kayak adventure.
During your relaxing journey—this trip is perfect for beginners and those who want to enjoy an easy paddle without waves—pass famous landmarks such as the Old Customs House, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and Crown Casino as well as a number of historical ships. Your guide provides informative commentary about the history of the city and its nautical past as you go. If you select the twilight tour, get spectacular waterfront views of a Crown Casino pyrotechnics display.
Afterwards, head back to your departure point, where you enjoy snacks and light refreshments before ending your tour.
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Reviewed 31 March 2019

Great opportunity to see a different perspective of Melbourne, especially with the stories David had about the buildings by the Yarra. David was organized -- you don't even have to bring warm or wet weather gear, he has everything. Manageable for any skill level; and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Kate H
David W, Owner at Sea Kayak Australia, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2019

Thanks for the review. This tour, as you mentioned, is great for families. Chat about where you are or just enjoy the exercise and views. Please come back again.

Reviewed 6 November 2018

What an evening! We put on a couple hours before sunset then paddled down through the city before stopping for snacks. The guide, Max, was hilarious and professional, pointing out several interesting things about the city's history. Our trip was concluded with the fire show...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank McCarren
David W, Owner at Sea Kayak Australia, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2018

Max is very funny and informative. thanks for your review. Please come again and bring some friends,

Reviewed 1 October 2018

We were blessed with beautiful weather and watched the Melbourne sunset on our kayaks. We also enjoyed the fire show at Crown on our way back -- everything was timed to perfection. David who led the tour was also a very relaxed and easy going...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ly M
David W, Owner at Sea Kayak Australia, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

It was a beautiful night. Good mix of people from all over the world. I am glad you had a good time. I hope you come back soon. Dave

Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

10 of us in 5 tandem Kayaks had the most serene morning paddling to the city. David and Max our hosts were fantastic in making us feel safe bringing with them local knowledge and a good sense of humour. We were lucky enough to pick...More

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David W, Owner at Sea Kayak Australia, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2018

Cheers Adi I also had a great time and you have an amazing crew working at your business. It was a warm sunny day and good to get out on the water for Spring. I hope to see your group again for a Melbourne City...More

Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

This is a fantastic experience and a great way to see the city from the west. Williamstown is also a great area to explore. Our excellent instructor Dane was patient, knowledgeable and fun. Really recommend this experience to new visitors to Melbourne, a great intro...More

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David W, Owner at Sea Kayak Australia, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

This is none of my favourite sea kayak tours, combining views of Melbourne and fish and chips for lunch. I will pass your comments onto Dane. Please come again and try another sea kayak tour.

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