Victoria has some of the most incredible locations to Stand Up Paddleboard in Australia. The best part is if you don’t mind some cold mornings throughout winter, you will be able to have them all to yourself!
1. Mount Martha, Mornington Peninsula
Home to some classic Bathing Beach Boxes, Mount Martha is a stunning coastal town with a north-west facing beach – perfect for SUPPING when the summer sea-breezes blow. With its shallow and crystal clear water, this area is great for beginners and families. For the experienced paddlers, you can even paddle around the cliffs and reach the Instagram-worthy Pillars! Local Sup School SUP-FIT can provide you with a beginner lesson or to get you started and give you all the secret spots for paddling in the area
2. Gippsland Lakes, VIC
If you’re looking for a striking inland location to paddle in Gippsland, the beautiful waterways of the Gippsland Lakes are a dream stand up paddle boarding destination. There is over 400 square metres of waterways that are bursting with wildlife and amazing scenery. The rivers flow into 3 main lakes, Lake Victoria, Lake Wellington and Lake King.
3. Lake Wendouree, Ballarat
Lake Wendouree is not the first place people think of when looking for SUP locations, but this inland lake at Ballarat is well worth your time! The tree-lined lake was used during the 1956 Olympics for Rowing and Canoeing events and is well-maintained throughout the year making it a great spot for a paddle. The lake is filled with wildlife including black swans and ducks and the best part is there are heaps of great coffee spots nearby for after a paddle.
4. Eastern Beach, Geelong
Geelong is not only the gateway to the Great Ocean Road, but it also has a great location for Stand Up Paddleboarding. Eastern Beach is right in the heart of Geelong City and has been re-vitalised over the years to become one of the top waterfronts in Victoria. Start your paddling off the sandy beach between the Yacht Club and the Swimming Enclosure and explore the waterfront from a different angle, or for those who have never paddled before get in contact with WSUP who offer lessons off Eastern Beach over the summer months.
5. Anderson Inlet, Inverloch
Inverloch is a sleepy coastal village about 2hrs South-East of Melbourne and is often overlooked as a destination to visit. However this region is home to the Anderson Inlet which is a fantastic location to go Stand Up Paddleboarding. A great place to start is along The Esplanade in front of the Big 4 Holiday Park (which is also home to Inverloch SUP if you need to hire boards or want a lesson). For the more experienced, head towards ‘Mahers Landing’ and back for a challenging 12km paddle.
6. Barwon River, Barwon Heads
Barwon Heads is well known as the sea-side town for the wealthy as well as the location of the popular TV Show – Seachange. The town is also perfect for paddling with the sandy beaches along the final few kilometers of the Barwon River tailor-made for a lazy paddle on a Sunday after a coffee at one of the many cafes on the main street. Look for local SUP School WSUP just near the bridge if you need a refresher course, are a complete beginner or are looking to hire some boards for the day.
7. Lake Eppalock, Bendigo
If you are looking to head north from Melbourne, Lake Eppalock needs to be on the list of locations to visit. Constructed on the Campaspe River in the 1960s, this vast lake (3,011 hectares!) has always been popular for boating and water recreation including Stand Up Paddleboarding. Due to its remote nature, it is recommended that beginner paddlers book in a lesson with Stillwater Paddleboards before paddling the lake.
8. Moyne River, Port Fairy
The historic Moyne River in Port Fairy is located in the far south west of Victoria and is one of the most picturesque paddles in the state. Start at the boat ramp on the eastern side of the river and take your time paddling past Griffiths Island and the Lighthouse before heading out the mouth of the and finishing on the white sand of East Beach. Better yet, GoSurf SUP School do a regular paddle around the historic port and through to East Beach.
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