Nymboida river Kayak adventure

Two people stand beside the Nymboida river surveying the whitewater rapids



Our Nymboida River Kayak Adventure is a white water paddling expedition that will provide you with unique experiences and memories that will last a lifetime



Hard Core Paddlers




Easier 6-day option



15 years minimum



* All of our experiences are priced and charged in Australian dollars; Prices advertised include all taxes, and  National Park fees. Please see our terms and conditions for full payment and fees information.


If you are contemplating a break that includes participating in a Nymboida River Kayak Adventure, then you have come to the right place here's why:

We specialize in one person one kayak. Walking Rivers believes its more fun and exciting, whitewater rafting or kayaking if you are paddling single kayaks.

Why pay for a personal experience and find yourself sitting in a raft with six or more strangers?

Companies only do this as a way to maximize their profits, and not for your enjoyment. Our kayaks are real river touring boats they are not inflatables.

We provide all transport, food, training, and equipment for you to have an excellent Nymboida River kayak Adventure.

Key points about why we are different

  • No shared rafts
  • No shared canoes
  • Only single person kayaks
  • Full training included




The Nymboida River is a world-class whitewater-Kayaking destination, guaranteed to provide you with memorable days filled with whitewater kayak experiences.

Packed with excitement and fun the five-day Nymboida River Kayak Adventure will see you learning and practicing all the skills you will need to safely paddle our chosen section of the river Buccarumbi to Jackadagery.

Experience the excitement of kayaking amongst lush rainforests, spectacular gorges and deep quiet pools; remarkable contrasts of whitewater action and peaceful drifting on one of Australia's premier whitewater rivers.


The Nymboida river starts its 165 kilometers run to the sea from way up on the Dorrigo Plateau.

Nature has positioned the plateau to capture the high summer rainfalls that this part of NSW enjoys. The result is a pristine river that provides a safe environmental bastion for endangered aquatic species like the Platypus and the Eastern Freshwater Cod.

Over its entire journey, the river water drops a remarkable one thousand two hundred meters and is joined by nine significant tributaries before combining at its confluence with the Mann River.

Our Nymboida River exploration trip makes for the perfect relaxing five-day getaway. Additionally, it also provides plenty of time for you to become fully immersed in all the natural beauty the river has to offer.

Key points Why we love the Nymboida

  • Spectacular scenery
  • Great challenging rapids
  • Pristine mountain waters
  • An exciting adventure


Initially, you will possibly meet every rapid on the Nymboida River Kayak Adventure with trepidation, and then after each rapids completion, you will celebrate the joy of a successful passage down its bubbling waters.

Sometimes you may not be successful rolling out of your kayak and having to swim to the bottom of the rapid, but this is all part of the fun and exhilaration that comes with paddling whitewater.

Swimming down the rapids is also on our agenda when the opportunity presents itself. An activity that is a real adrenaline rush and refreshing at the same time.

Additionally, sitting around the campfire at night sharing stories from the days paddling while slow roasting marshmallows and then curling up in your tent will leave you feeling like you are in another world.

Key points, activity highlights

  • Subtropical climate
  • Portages that are great fun
  • See weird rockpools
  • Adrenalin rush on rapids
  • Swimming in cool fresh water


The wildlife in the river corridor is varied and abundant.

The pristine water quality of the Nymboida River creates an ideal environment for a variety of wildlife.
As you meander along between the many rapids keep an eye out for Azure Kingfishers, King Parrots, Black Cockatoos, Rosellas and Blue Wrens, to name just a few of the different species you may encounter.
Nymboida River is also home to one of the largest platypus communities on the North Coast.

Key points, about the wildlife

  • A wide array of birdlife
  • The chance to see the platypus
  • Great photography opportunities


We start the Nymboida River Kayak adventure from our home base in Newcastle, travel North on the Pacific highway towards the township of Grafton and onto our start point on the river (approximately 7 hours).

Our bus can pick people up at one of our designated meeting places along the way and return you to the same spot.

We are as flexible as possible with our pickups to try and make it easy for you.

Talk to us on an individual basis to arrange your pickup point. Of course, we will bring you back to your pick up location when your adventure ends.

Key points, getting there

  • Convenient departure points
  • Regular breaks
  • Onboard movies
  • Making friends


For those who haven’t tried it, the Nymboida River exploration is a typical expedition style kayak trip down a river. We are limited to what we can travel with, as both all our camping equipment and food needs to fit into the Kayaks.

However, we feel the boats are roomy enough for us to take everything we need to ensure a high level of comfort.

We are camping in a different location beside the river each night. Therefore we need to set up and dismantle our camp every day.

Key points, camping

  • Reconnect with nature
  • Relaxing environments
  • Time to reflect the day's activities
  • Feeling free


Custom designed kayaks for undertaking river journeys like the Nymboida River kayak adventure.

They are light, stable, easy to paddle, respond well to turning maneuvers and are roomy enough to carry all our camping equipment.

Furthermore, they are excellent at negotiating the whitewater rapids we will be paddling down.

Longer than a short whitewater boat but not as long as a sea kayak they are a compromise between the two, primarily because as well as needing to be highly maneuverable in the rapids they need to carry a lot of equipment.

Key Points, kayaks

  • crossover design
  • easy to paddle
  • fast through the water
  • carry large amounts of gear



We have to say. On the Nymboida River Kayak Adventure When possible, we use locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables sourced from our nearby farmer's markets. Additionally, we like to top our delicious meals of with some camp style baking.

Furthermore, we also provide 24-hour snacks just in case you get hungry for something late at night. It is a Walking Rivers policy you will never go hungry, even after a day’s paddle in the fresh air.

Key points, the menu

  • All food included
  • Plenty to eat
  • Cooked daily
  • 24-hour snacks and fruit
  • Diverse menu


  • Professional guiding service
  • All kayaking equipment
  • Meals (lunch day 1 to breakfast day 5 )
  • Cooking equipment
  • Camping equipment including tents on beautiful, thick Therm-a-rest mattresses,
  • National Park Fees


  • Accommodation before or post the Nymboida River Kayak Adventure
  • Flights, airport transfers, ferries, taxis
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Alcoholic or carbonated beverages
  • Personal items (toiletries, clothing, etc.)
  • Sleeping Bag Liner

Let us know if you are you are bringing any of your own camping equipment. After checking the list of what to bring lets us know



If you are at all apprehensive about your abilities to undertake something like the Nymboida River kayak Adventure, please remember our experienced river guides will train you in the skills needed to negotiate all of the rapids with ease.All you need is to be moderately fit and have a yearning for some safe and controlled adventure.

Going on a fully guided adventure is very different to going it alone. Being conducted by professional, trained, qualified people allows us to go to many places that would be unthinkable on our own. Additionally, we consider you to be part of a team overcoming all the challenges the river throws at us.

Walking Rivers has comprehensive risk management and contingency plans in place as well safety procedures that ensure you will be free to not worry about anything too much other than having fun.