Australis Canoes Pty Ltd

Australis is the largest “100% All Aussie” designer and manufacturer of plastic canoes, kayaks, sea kayaks and sit-on-tops in Australia.

Australis (brothers David and John Slattery) made their first fibreglass canoes and kayaks in the mid-1960s, as Scouts and continued to do so through the 1970s and 80s as members of the Illawarra Canoe Club.

In 1984, after numerous requests by friends, and after being “down-sized” by Big Business they started making and selling fibreglass canoes and kayaks commercially from a small shop in Woonona NSW.

In 1987, with the demand for Australis canoes and kayaks exploding, they converted their manufacturing processes to the speedier “rotational moulding” and they began making all canoes and kayaks in the more robust and durable polyethylene.

From these humble beginnings, Australis is proving to be a true success story. The “Little Aussie Battler” has not only survived against larger competitors from overseas but has thrived and grown to be the largest plastic rotational moulder of canoes and kayaks, sea kayaks and sit-ons in Australia.

All Australis canoes, kayaks, sea kayaks and sit-on-tops are designed and made in Russell Vale (Wollongong NSW), where they have a custom-built factory and a retail showroom. Here customers can view and purchase the complete range of Australis products and other accessories. Before committing to a purchase, you can organise a personal trial paddle of any craft so you can experience their products firsthand, on the water.

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