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Hello everyone,

It’s been quite a while since my last post about the happenings in the world of SUP Tonic. I’ve been somewhat preoccupied with the latest exciting development and there is a lot to share with you which is too much for one article, so for now let me start with the biggest news first 😊.

Over the past few months I’ve been in and out of a little building tinkering around which has aroused much curiosity from passers-by, and just like a little duck, I’ve been paddling like the devil underneath!  As my favourite quote goes…

“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin” Ivan Turgenev.

I’m finally proud to announce that SUP Tonic has a new headquarters located on the beautiful shores of the Maylands Peninsula. The building we will occupy, formally known as The Maylands Interpretive Centre, is our new HQ for everyone to visit, make enquiries about paddling, SUP, relax and experience the peace and tranquility of this beautiful riverside location.

The area is perfect for bike rides, walks, paddle boarding, bird watching, picnics, craft, special celebrations or a simple cuppa and a yarn. You can be sure to unplug from the stress and hectic pace of life, right here! One of the key aims is to align activities with our values towards the environment, health and well-being, inclusivity, community and simplicity. As the word gets out this beautiful space will take on a life of its own without interrupting the peace and tranquility that make this area so special!

In a way, we are going back in time here at HQ – digressing from the fast passed, hectic life that has become normal with some simple offerings. We’re not your fancy cafe, however we can offer an affordable old fashioned cuppa with a smile, hearty soup in the winter months, board games and many other simple things to help unplug and reconnect with nature. We also have a strict – no plastic takeaway policy so hang about while you drink your tea or BYO mug and we’ll fill it for you. For our seasoned paddlers, make this a goto destination, drop in and say hi or grab a cuppa before your return leg!









So what’s the plan ahead?

Be reassured we are not leaving our original homes Sandy Beach Reserve & Garvey Park! New updates will be shared soon about the summer timetable!!

Read on for information on what will be happening at SUP Tonic HQ! Regular updates will be posted to our social media and a new Facebook page dedicated to the space will be live soon.


There is plenty of local history here that dates back nearly 200 years to circa 1830 when the Hardey family arrived from England on the Brig Tranby. Come on down and read some of the informative and enlightening key points of this historic area. Many of us may not be aware of just how much history Maylands and the surrounding areas have, myself included, so I’ll be on a new journey to learn and look forward to meeting some locals and experts who can tell us all about it.













  • It’s Hip To Be Square Crochet Group – Community and Charity
  • Simple Tea and Coffee – Have a yarn over a cuppa
  • Sausage Sizzles
  • Grubs Up!  – Homemade soup to warm your heart and soul
  • Picnics – Byo and relax
  • Paddle Boarding – Learn something new
  • Old fashioned board games


  • River Clean Up Events
  • Bird Watching
  • Educational Talks


  • Kuljak Island Tours
  • Private Lessons
  • Bird Watching Tours
  • Ride And Sup
  • Hire
  • Special Events


  • Venue Hire
  • Gift Vouchers
  • Dog Friendly
  • Memberships
  • Merchandise


  • Monday 10.00 am – 2.00 pm
  • Tuesday – CLOSED
  • Wednesday – CLOSED
  • Thursday – 10.00 am – 2.00 pm
  • Friday – 10.00 am – 2.00 pm
  • Saturday TBA
  • Sunday TBA


2 Hardey Road, Maylands

A few last words…

I have many people to thank. Thank you to the City of Bayswater and everyone else involved in the process. To everyone that has donated items to get me started – thank you so much! Michelle and Max Lorent for the photo shoot – thank you for your generosity and the useful tips. Paul Cochran for doing all the handyman stuff and Jen Gonzalez for donating our fridge!!

I’ve learnt a lot from my connection to the river. How to handle the currents, tides, wind, rain, mother nature’s moods, her stillness…the calm before the storm.
Life works in the same way, it’s turbulent and unpredictable and learning to be still and navigate through the ebbs and flows of everyday life, the things we can’t control takes practice.
They say, nothing worth having comes easily. This couldn’t be truer in my case and as I reflect on the sequence of events that have occurred throughout my life. Whether it makes sense or not, it has led me here.

The only time that matters is now. The only place that matters is here. Letting go is freedom and feeling at home is peace.

See you at HQ.

SUP Tonic Team!


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