For a nice easy Kayak and still in Sydney then add this to the bucket list. The trip itself is around 10km’s return starting at either Woronora Boat Shed or if you have your own kayak then across the river at Woronora River boat ramp.

Woronora River house with Australian Flag

The Needles is a small swimming hole in Engadine just above the Woronora River and although we don’t actually get to the Needles it’s makes a good point of reference. Also “The Needles” Causeway was once part of the first road to the Illawarra (or Five Islands as it was known then), which was built by Surveyor-General, Sir Thomas Mitchell, between 1841 and 1845

Our Trip

We launch from Woronora River boat ramp, which is across from the iconic Woronora Boat Shed which has a range of Kayak’s for hire along with a cafe that serves classic toasted sandwiches, cakes and scones. Belly Rumbles has a good review of the cafe and i would recommend a visit.

The kayak itself was easy and as it was Australia Day there were lots of others on the river from hand built platforms with roofs, bbq and small motors to paddle boarders all enjoying a day out. Plenty of Australian flags were observed and many BBQ’s happening on the banks.