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Discover the beauty of our Australian waterways, many accessible only by canoe or kayak.

The Paddle NSW Waterways Guide is maintained by the paddling community to help you explore the many lakes, rivers, bays and coastlines of New South Wales and beyond.

All major waterways are described, with trip suggestions and handy maps showing public access points, nearby accommodation and great camping spots.

The whitewater rivers have detailed notes on rapids and the grade for each river section. The flatwater and coastal waterways have suggested itineraries and points of interest to see.

Plan safe and enjoyable trips by viewing current river levels (updated hourly), and see local weather forecasts, marine forecasts and sea conditions for your chosen destination.

Organise your trips by creating "Float Plans" to mark your intended route and let someone know before you go. Once on the water you can record waypoints to update someone with your progress (updates sent when mobile reception available).

Whether you are a whitewater adrenalin junkie, a kayak fisher, an ocean paddler, or just want to explore an idyllic waterway with your canoe, the PaddleSafe Waterways Guide is your guide to having fun on the water!

What's New

Version 1.18

Fixed crash when adding trip participants from your contacts.

Ratings and Reviews


Brilliant for trip planning!

Constantly using - excellent for planning trips. Love it - thanks for making it!!


Cool app very helpful

Good info will use the trip planner


When to call the police

Last Sunday a friend and I went for a training paddle. The weather forecast for the day was for a major east coast low to hit with 50 mm of rain and 50 knot winds, but that would be the afternoon. I meet Dee at our launch site at Kogarah Bay and discussed our plan to paddle up the Woronora River. Once our plan was set, I completed the Paddlesafe plan and emailed to my wife - return by 1pm, call police at 3pm.

A combination of tide, wind, ran in (and my need for a second cup of coffee at the Wororona Boat Shed) meant we did not return to the boat ramp until 3.45pm. I then sent a text to my wife tell her I was safe - my phone was full of calls and texts from my wife.

When I got home, I asked her when she was going to call the police, she thought 4pm (maybe).

For my mind, she made a mistake. If she called the police at 3pm, it would have taken them an hour to assess the situation, get down to Kogarah bay, find our cars and call for a maritime search. The only boat we saw all day was a maritime rescue boat which was comforting. I doubt a maritime search would have commenced before 4pm, one hour before dusk.

But my mistake (other than paddling on the eve of a storm, taking my slow kayak, having a second cup of coffee, not considering the impact of tides on timing) was not talking throughout the implication of when to call the police to my wife. She was unsure when to make a fuss, even though my nominated time had passed.

The Paddlesafe app worked perfectly - it communicated to my wife my launch point, my route, my paddle partner, my rego, my return time and my ‘call the police’ time - all completed as Dee and I stood in the carpark of Kogarah Bay - but it did not give my wife the confidence and urgency to call the police when she should have. That was my failing.

I think all paddlers should be using this technology - it better than the paper float plan - its connection between intention, maps, planning and the email is fantastic. The limitations are in what we do with the information. A good lesson was learnt and I am sure my wife will panic appropriately next time.



Quoll Designs Pty Ltd
55.9 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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