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Sunset Kayaking in Melbourne
Melbourne is Victoria's coastal, quirky capital city. Tree lined streets and tons of cafes make an #active place to meet up with friends and enjoy sunny #Australia. I chose to conquer the city at night, #kayaking down the Yarra River while the sun set on the horizon. #tourismaustralia
I’m always looking for unique local experiences when I travel and my trip to Melbourne was no different. While I had some bad luck the last time around, I was excited to try again and see the city in a different way. When I read about Melbourne Urban Adventures’ nighttime kayaking tour of the city, it sounded like something both Sammi and I would enjoy, as well as a different perspective of the cultural capital.
I’d kayaked before, in the waterways of South Carolina and Florida, but never near a city. Sammi has her own kayak, so she was going to be fine. After a short, truly Aussie, tutorial, we boarded our tandem kayaks and started paddling down the Yarra.
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Our first stop was for fish and chips, where a wedding reception was taking place. The salty chips matched the breeze as we went further, crossing under the Bolte Bridge and past the new Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, which lit up multicolor.
As the sun started to set, we paddled further into the literal underbelly of the city, pausing to take in the lights and the famous fireballs at the Crown Casino. After the show, we continued onwards to Federation Square, where any Melbourne tour should end. As it was a Friday night, the city was alive with people, many of which waved at us as we passed by on the water.
The kayaking tour of Melbourne is a truly local way to see the city’s sights from below once you’ve already seen them on ground level. Most of the people on our tour were locals or Australia natives, but a handful of us were visitors. All kayaks were tandem, so this tour is best with a friend.