Roaring 40’s [60]

Picture it — the dip and splash of your paddle blade, the clean cut of your bow through glassy water. Silent ripples on the sea. Good companionship, the pleasure of easy movement and a brand new view of the landscape — over the bow of a sea kayak.

At their on-the-water sea kayaking centre, based in Kettering, 1/2 hour south of Hobart, Roaring 40’s Ocean Kayaking offers a wide range of kayaking experiences — adventurous and exciting, or as laid-back as you like, or anything in between!

That’s the beauty of this low-impact, surprisingly accessible activity. Pick your location, go with skilled guides and anyone can enjoy the unique pleasures of explorations by sea kayak.

Roaring 40’s owners Ian Balmer and Kim Brodlieb and their guides are expert kayakers with many years of experience within Tasmania’s coastal environment. Their 1/2 day and day trips to Bruny Island as well as kayak hire from their Kettering base are popular with locals and visitors. They also lead extended sea kayak trips to other locations around the Tasmanian coast including multi-day wilderness expeditions exploring the remote and magnificent waterways of Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey in the world heritage area of southwest Tasmania.

This superb trip features spectacular access flights to and from Melaleuca, traversing the jagged crest of the Arthur Ranges close to Federation Peak, flying across wide buttongrass plains and following the beaches, crags and bluffs along the wild South Coast.

With its wonderful paddling and superb scenery, the Roaring 40s “Wilderness on Water” Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour expeditions rank as one of the world’s best wilderness journeys — a challenging and rewarding discovery of a part of the planet that is visited by very few people.

Joining a professionally-guided expedition is the best way — often the only way — to explore such remote regions. But even on an easy half-day paddle, the skilled leadership of experienced and qualified guides adds a degree of security and safety without detracting from the pleasure or the adventure.

Roaring 40’s can create a sea kayaking experience for everyone. So whether you’re interested in discovering wilderness waterways, exploring the hidden corners of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel or enjoying a new view of Tasmania’s coastal scenery from a comfortable seat in a sea kayak, Roaring 40’s have a trip that will suit you.

Call Roaring 40’s on (03) 6267 5000 for their 2005/2006 season newsletter or visit for lessons, rentals, self-sufficient guided tours, and sales.