Reconnect With Nature on a Kayaking Rhyll Inlet Tour

Our kayaking Rhyll Inlet tour with Ash from Outthere Outdoor Activities starts at 7.30am. Not what I expected but the tour time depends on the tide and wind.

Kayaking the Rhyll Inlet with Outthere Outdoor Activities, Phillip Island

Kayaking Rhyll Inlet

We meet Ash at Rhyll and unload the kayaks onto the beach.

A series of exercises has us well and truly limbered up for the exercise ahead.

I suggest you wear a long sleeved shirt (in summer) plus old shorts or bathers as you will get wet. Wear hat with a strap and sunscreen.

 Shoes are not necessary although I wear water shoes.

Take water, camera, and binoculars in a waterproof bag.

Leave a towel in your car to dry yourself on your return and to keep the car seat dry.

Our tour starts near Rhyll Jetty. Early fishermen are starting to launch their boats for a day on the water.

The water remains fairly shallow for most of the trip although the tide is high. Often we can see the bottom.

Thank goodness there is barely a breath of wind so we don’t have to push into the wind. Even on the return paddle, there is only the slightest breeze – perfect conditions!

We paddle around past jetty to the Ramsar-listed Rhyll Inlet.

Migratory birds at The Nits, Rhyll Inlet

Migratory birds at The Nits, Rhyll Inlet

At The Nits, a long spit of sand, we see plenty of migratory birds such as whimbrels and eastern curlews and bar-tailed godwits.

Because it is high tide there are fewer birds on sand bars.

Their long bills are perfect for digging deep into the sand for crustaceans, molluscs, and marine worms plus other marine creatures.

A flock of black swans cruises across our path. On the banks there are also lots of ibis.

Along the shore we see pied oyster catchers, poking around among the rocks for limpets and mussels.

Ash leads us up one of the arms of the mangroves, peaceful and serene in the early morning light.

We come across a rookery where birds have built large nests from the mangrove twigs and leaves, effectively killing the mangrove plant.

Bird rookery at Rhyll Inlet mangroves

Bird rookery in Rhyll Inlet mangroves

Ash is very knowledgeable and gives a running commentary about the inlet and the ecology of the mangroves.

Sometimes the mangroves arm closes up and we have to paddle hard to get through – very much like explorers!

We head back towards Rhyll with arms and quads starting to tire.

Kayaking Rhyll Inlet is not a breeze!

A reasonable level of fitness is required as we are paddling for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Although we did stop for some rests, it is hard on arms, shoulders and quads.

Even so, it is an enjoyable tour. It is fascinating to learn the importance of healthy mangroves to the eco-system.

I very much recommend a kayaking Rhyll Inlet tour when visiting Phillip Island.

For more about a kayaking Rhyll Inlet tour go to www.outthere.net.au
Mangrove flower, Rhyll Inlet

Mangrove at Rhyll Inlet

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