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Kayak Hire on the Yarra River at Abbotsford (Melbourne)

Kayak Hire is from Abbotsford - Yarra River (all year round). We supply a trolley and are located just 300m from the water. We are open every day in spring. Call before hand to make sure kayaks are available and make a booking.
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Opening Hours are 9 am - 5 pm (2 April - 1 October) and 9 am - 6 pm (2 October - 1 April), seven days a week

Location: 12 Turner Street Abbotsford, Victoria.

Two Types of Hire:

1) Hire down the Yarra River at our base for a 1/2 day (1-3 hrs) or full day (3-8 hrs)

  • Please telephone 0410 329 090 or email before hand to make booking. We only have so many kayaks to rent per day.
  • Bookings are finalised once deposit has been made. A flat rate deposit of $40 will be taken at the time of booking for groups of between 1-7 persons and for groups of 8 or more a deposit of $150. This can be paid via credit card over the phone or by direct bank transfer into the following account:
  • WESTPAC
    Sea Kayak Australia
    BSB: 033-048
    Acc. No: 186589

    Please insert your SURNAME in the "Description" section of the bank transfer statement.
  • What we need to know:
  1. Date
  2. Time (be on time as your kayaks will booked out to other people if you are more than 30 minutes late)
  3. Type of kayak e.g. single, double and how many kayaks
  4. Period of hire e.g. 1/2 day or full day
  5. Return or pick up

Notes:

  • Single or double sea kayaks are available. These kayaks are different to the ones you usually rent - you will be surprised how both the single and double sea kayaks we offer are very fast and stable therefore you can see alot of scenery in a short amount of time.
  • We are based 300m from the water. To get the kayaks down to the water, the kayaks are placed on trolleys to make it easy at the start and the end of the hire.
  • Double kayaks have a middle seat suitable for a 4-7 year old.
  • Typically people who hire kayaks paddle beween 2-5 hrs on average.
  • If you have a family/group of children and adults wanting to hire call us before hand to check seating and kayak set up. e.g. 1 child (7-12) in the front, 1 child 4-6 in the middle and 1 adult in the back etc. Also discuss how far group is likely to travel.
  • Children under 14 years must be accompanied in a double kayak with an adult.
  • You don't have to paddle long distances to enjoy your self, you can just float and paddlle then have lunch along the way, then turn around and come back.
  • Bring a prepared lunch along the way or have a BBQ on Herring Island or lunch on the lawn at Princes Bridge.
  • There is also a cafe opposite Herring Island where you can buy lunch. Herring island and Princes Bridge also has toilet facilities.
  • It takes approx 2 hours to paddle to Herring Island - South Yarra (9km) one way or 5 hours return (with lunch) and 4-5 hours (with lunch) to paddle to Princes Bridge (12 km) one way or 7 hours return.  Time estimates are calculated on summer water levels, adult paddlers in a double kayak, average fitness and beginner skill level.
  • PICK UPS DOWN STREAM. People who hire for 1/2 day and (who want to be picked up down stream) can only be picked up opposite Herring Island (South Yarra). People who hire for a Full Day can be picked up at either opposite Herring Island (South Yarra) or in the city at the rowing sheds - Princes Bridge. Pick up rate is $60 per hire group of between 2 and 16 people. During the week days, picks ups must be no later than 4pm because of traffic congestion. Please note that maximum vehicle passenger capacity to return to Abbotsford is 6 people.
  • Please chat to us about pick ups before hand to ensure we have the resources for your chosen day.
  • Group kayak hires are a great way for families, friends or businesses to have fun and bond on their own special journey.
  • Hire Rates: include kayak, paddle, PFD, trolley, map and dry bag/dry box.
  • We also help you to launch and provide basic tips on paddling techniques.
  • 1/2 day hire can start at any time between 9 am and 2.30 pm. After 2.30 pm you will get less paddling time as we close 5pm (winter) or 6pm (spring and summer)
  • Full day hire- best to hire before 12 noon to get a full days worth.
  • What to wear and bring: hat, sun glasses, bottle of water, shorts, t shirt, rain jackets, food, thongs, clothes to change into at the end.

Half Day Hire (1-3 Hrs)

Single Kayak: $45

Double Kayak: $60

Full Day Hire (3-8 hrs)

Single Kayak: $60

Double Kayak $80

Terms And Conditions for Yarra River Kayak Hire

  • A booking is confirmed once a $40 deposit has been paid for a group of 1-7 persons and $150 deposit for a group of 8 or more persons via direct bank deposit or credit card over the phone. The remaining balance shall be paid in full prior to commencement of kayak hire.
  • Please be punctual as kayaks will only be reserved for a maximum of 30 minutes after the booked time. The kayak(s) will then be made available to other potential customers.
  • A booking can be cancelled and rescheduled only once and has to be made at least 24 hours before scheduled booking date and time.
  • Any participant who cancels their booking and does not reschedule to another hire date will not have their deposit payment refunded.
  • Any participant who cancels their booking with less than 24 hours notice will not be able to reschedule and will not receive a refund.
  • Proof of identity must be produced prior to hire.
  • SKA reserves the right to refuse hire to clients who do not have the skills and experience to match the craft.
  • Children under the age of 14 years old must be accompanied and supervised by an adult (in the same double kayak).
  • Life jacket (PFD) must be worn at all times.
  • The hirer must stay on the right hand side of the river in relation to the direction of travel.
  • All hired craft is restricted to the Yarra River. No kayaking is permitted further up stream than launching location (Abbotsford) and no further downstream than the Bolte Bridge (Docklands).
  • Craft will be carried and not dragged whilst moving from one point to another.
  • All equipment will be carefully looked after.
  • Craft MUST NOT be left unattended, by a distance of more than 500 m, when stopping for a break. All paddling gear must be taken with you.
  • Avoid rocky areas.
  • The onus is on the hirer to consult with SKA about current and tide direction.
  • Familiarize yourself with all aspects of the craft (rudder controls etc.) before venturing out.
  • Ensure hatches are properly fitted at all times.
  • In the event of a capsize, in most situations, it is safest to stay with your craft.
  • Never have more than one person in a cockpit at one time.

 

2) "Take away" - place on your car (that has roof racks) and take away for between 1-10 days.

  • Pre book 1-2 week in advance is best especially if taking away for 2 days or more. Discussions need to be had about roof racks, cradles, trailers etc.
  • You can't take away for 1/2 a day - must be 1 day or more.
  • We are flexible with pick up and drop off times.
  • Choose from a wide range of single and double sea kayaks and equipment.
  • Advice is provided on suitable paddling locations, tides, wind, etc.
  • Kayak trailers (up to 8 double sea kayaks), tents, sleeping mats, stoves, solar chargers etc. may also be hired.

 Make sure you call before hand (0410 329 090) to ensure we have kayaks available.

 

General notes

  • Hire fees includes the craft, paddle, buoyancy vest, spray cover and pump.
  • Trailer, paddling spray jackets, spare paddle, dry bags, maps, cradles etc. are available for an extra cost.
  • Yes you can hire a trailer full of double or single sea kayaks and all paddling gear. Plan your own group sea kayaking adventure! There are 2 kayak trailers available. Small kayak trailer - this can carry 6 doubles or 7 single sea kayaks. Medium kayak trailer - this can carry 8 double or 8 single sea kayaks.

Terms and Conditions for "Take Away"

  • All craft and gear is maintained at a suitable and safe standard and thus must be returned in the same condition.
  • All sand and water must be removed from the kayak on its return.
  • Proof of identity must be produced prior to hire.
  • The onus is on the hirer to prove their paddling skills match their selected craft. Sea Kayak Australia reserves the right to refuse hire to clients who does not have the skills and experience to match the craft.
  • There will be no refunds for kayaks not used or because of an over estimate in participant numbers or because of poor weather.
  • For the hire of the double “Pittarak” fiberglass sea kayak, the kayak must be transported on roof rack cradles. Non SKA roof cradles e.g. “padding” may be considered inadequate and hire refused.
  • Hired kayaks are to be used only on the semi sheltered waters of bays, lakes or flat water rivers.
  • Kayaks are not to be used interstate unless specifically authorised.
  • Surf or river rapid use is expressly forbidden.
  • Paddle leash shall be used at all times.
  • Life jacket (PFD) will be worn at all times.
  • Kayaks will be carried and not dragged whilst moving from one point to another.
  • All equipment will be carefully looked after.
  • Kayaks are only to be used by competent swimmers.
  • Do not use paddle to push kayak off from shore.
  • Avoid rocky areas.

Deposits

  • A bond of $300 for single kayaks and $500 for double kayaks is required if you are taking the kayak(s) in the ocean.
  • Payment will be accepted in cash or credit card. All payment must be made in full before gear is taken.
  • The onus is on the hirer to treat all craft and accessories with respect.
  • Damage and or loss of goods will be assessed upon return and may be charged accordingly.

Location

KAYAKS AND GEAR MAY BE HIRED:

During the whole year at 12 Turner Street Abbotsford.

Please telephone 0410 329 090 before hand to ensure we are not on a sea kayaking tour and kayaks are available.

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