Our Clarence Kayak Trail is a waterproof/tear-proof brochure folded to A5 size that provides eight maps of coastal paddles around Clarence for beginners through to advanced kayakers. The publication gives highlights for each map and descriptions of potential hazards, and includes a paddlers checklist and safety information.

In a first for Tasmania, the Clarence Kayak Trail provides information to help kayakers plan their trip and make the best decision about where to go.

The trail is divided into nine coastal sections to explore from Risdon through to South Arm. Each trail includes information about the estimated distance and skill level required, what to see along the way, launch points, hazards and warnings, and facilities to access off the trail.

The kayak trail has been created following extensive consultation with kayak groups who identified the routes and the level of difficulty required.

The Clarence Kayak Trail can be purchased from Council Offices and The Tasmanian Map Centre for $6. An electronic copy is available below.

Paddler’s Checklist

Before you go:

  • Consider your fitness levels and the experience of you and other paddlers before choosing where you paddle. Know your personal limits.
  • Never paddle alone. Paddle with friends. If you have basic paddling skills consider paddling with someone having intermediate or advanced skills.
  • Familiarise yourself with the trail. Be aware of the launch point, distance, time it will take to complete, any safety hazards and the facilities available.
  • Consult the most recent weather forecast and a tide chart as conditions may impact upon the route. Do not go paddling if there is thunder or lightning.
  • Check all equipment is in good condition.
  • Make sure your kayak or paddle craft is suitable for your trip.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.
  • Make yourself familiar with navigational rules, navigation lights and marks (mast.tas.gov.au).

What to take:

  • Wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  • Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) for advanced skill trips
  • Paddle leash
  • Mobile phone (keep in a water tight bag) in case of an emergency
  • Weather-appropriate clothing to stay warm and visible
  • Navigational lights if you intend to paddle in conditions of poor visibility or darkness (white strobe light or all round light with 360° visibility)
  • Sun protection – sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
  • Wetsuit boots, rubber shoes or sandals
  • Wear high visibility clothing to ensure you are able to be seen by other watercraft
  • All paddlers should consider wetsuits or clothing capable of keeping you warm when wet in the event of a capsize
  • Plenty of food and drinking water
  • Maps in a waterproof bag
  • Bag to collect rubbish (e.g. food and drink containers)
  • Flares if paddling outside of the Derwent River (e.g. kayak trails 6 & 7)