Three people are sitting in kayaks facing upstream on the Nymboida River Kayak Adventure


Our Nymboida River Kayak Adventure is a white water paddling journey that will provide you with unique experiences and life-long memories.




ONLY $1499.00 TOTAL




ONLY $1290 + GST


15 yrs MIN




No other company offers the same turnkey experience, from transport, kayaks & camping equipment, we supply it all.

As you  consider joining us on the Nymboida River Kayak Adventure the following information will be important to you .

Long ago we discovered on a Nymboida River Kayak Adventure its far more exhilarating, whitewater rafting or kayaking if you are paddling a single kayak.

We promote one person one kayak. Our staff provide equipment & training for you to have an exhilerating experience. Anyone with training can enjoy kayak paddling on whitewater.

Why pay for a personal experience and find yourself sharing your kayak or raft with others.

Companies only do this as a way to maximise their profits,and not for your enjoyment.

Our kayaks are custom designed river touring boats they are not inflatables. We provide all transport, food, training, and equipment for you to have an excellent Nymboida River kayaking Adventure.

Key points why are we different

  • No shared rafts or canoes
  • Only single person kayaks
  • All camp equipment included
  • Comprehensive training included
  • Delicious food included
  • Transfers to the river included


Firstly, the Nymboida River is a world-class whitewater Kayaking destination, guaranteed to provide you days filled with whitewater kayaking fun. Additionally we also know the river will generate memories for you that will last a lifetime

Secondly, being packed with excitement and fun, 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, Nymboida township to Jackadagery.

You will 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.

Being only six hours drive north of a major city, Newcastle NSW also adds to the appeal of the Nymboida River Kayak Adventure.

Key points Why we love Nymboida River Kayak Adventure

  • The abundant and varied wildlife
  • Spectacular scenery
  • Pristine Mountain waters to have fun in
  • An exciting adventure
  • Freedom from life’s stress


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.


Our start location up above the weir is a great section for people that are new to kayaking. Whether you want to learn paddling skills on flat water or experience a taste of paddling whitewater, this section of the river has ample opportunity you to practice both skills.

As the water moves downstream, it becomes interspersed with pools and some grade one rapids making it ideal for learning.


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 means having to swim to the pool at 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

  • Portages that are great fun
  • A challenging, rewarding environment
  • See weird rock pools
  • 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.

  • Abundant and varied wildlife
  • The chance to see the platypus
  • A wide array of birdlife
  • Home to endangered species
  • Surprise encounters with wildlife


We start the Nymboida River Kayak adventure from our home base in Newcastle, travel North on the Pacific highway towards the township of Grafton then to Cartmill Park.(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, about getting there

  • Only hours drive north of the Newcastle
  • Convenient departure points
  • Regular coffee breaks to break the journey
  • Meet new like minded people
  • Blue tooth music


For those who haven’t tried it, the Nymboida River exploration is a typical expedition style kayak journey 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, about our camping

  • Camp right beside the river
  • Reconnect with nature
  • Relaxing environments
  • Go to sleep hearing natural sounds
  • Plenty of free time for reflection


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 excellent for learning to paddle whitewater.

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 also be right on the flat water sections of the river.

Key points, the kayaks

  • Unique river touring design
  • Inbuilt permanent floatation
  • Responsive and easy to paddle
  • Fast through the water
  • Can carry large amounts of gear
  • Relatively stable and safe


Primarily all our food is vegetarian or similar, the reason for this is simple ,we have no refrigeration. Don’t let this put you off though , we specialise in cooking food in remote areas that tastes outstanding.

No one has ever complained about our food.

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 a 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, about the food

  • Included in the price
  • Plenty to eat
  • Cooked in the camp setting
  • 24-hour snacks and fruit
  • Diverse menu


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.


  • Professional guiding service
  • All kayaking equipment 
  • Meals on arrival at camp  (four total included)
  • Cooking equipment
  • Camping equipment including tents, thick Therm-a-rest mattresses
  • National Park Fees


  • Accommodation before or after the kayaking portion of your trip;
  • 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 have any questions about anything relating to gear.



Our adventure begins the moment we board the mini bus heading for the Nymboida River kayaking Adventure .Relax ,sit back and enjoy the journey.



Approximately one week before leaving


We endeavor to telephone or skype every person who has booked the Nymboida River Kayak Adventure with us.

After the introductions, your guide will tell you about the logistics of the journey and any other relevant details.

The call also gives us a chance to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your adventure.
Additionally, we will confirm the exact departure time and location, for each person or to alert you if there are have been any last minute changes.


You will be a member of a team partaking in an adventure experience from the moment we meet at our bus departure point.

Our guides will assist you to pack your gear on board the bus, introduce you to anyone you haven’t met and work to ensure you are relaxed and comfortable about the adventure ahead.

This first day is spent travelling to our first campsite At Cartmill Park nature reserve beside the Nymboida River.

To be there with enough time to set up camp, cook dinner, unload the boats, etc. we need to have a seven am start in Newcastle. I know early isn’t it.

For people that do not wish to travel so far by road, it is possible to fly to Coffs Harbour, and the bus can pick you up from the airport. Flights are at your cost.

On arrival at Cartmill Park, we put up tents, light a fire ( if fire restrictions are not in force) have dinner and enjoy the evening talking around the campfire.

The bus also leaves us and heads to Jackadagery where our paddling journey ends.


Rise and shine ready for fun and adventure. Firstly we have a hearty breakfast after that’s complete we pack everything up and load it into the kayaks.

The river at this point is full and relatively calm, it makes it an excellent place for people to learn or brush up on their paddling skills on our way to the next campsite 28 kilometres away.

We will be covering the following paddle strokes and whitewater skills; these are all the skills needed for you to enjoy the Nymboida River Kayak Adventure comfortably.

Its a great chance for some revision for the more experienced paddlers and for the new kayakers they will quickly see how easy kayaking is.

We will be covering the following paddle strokes and whitewater skills;

  • Forward and reverse strokes
  • Sweep strokes
  • Draw strokes
  • Bow-rudder
  • Slap support recovery stroke
  • Ferry-glide. upstream and down-stream
  • How to read white-water to find the correct path down rapids.
  • Eddy out
  • Self rescue techniques
  • Equipment demonstration.
  • Group management
  • Safety Procedures.

Don’t worry if that seems a lot to remember; we have plenty of time to practice and go over all the different techniques once we are on the water and paddling back to camp.

The river starts off with a nice long flat tranquil pool;

Great for enabling people to get their balance and to get used to how the kayaks move in the water.


Every morning after breakfast we all gather together for an outline of the day’s plans. Followed up by some yoga for those that need limbering up before paddling.

Ha Ha just joking about the Yoga.

On our way, we’ll take plenty of breaks for stretching, photography, snacks, and we always take lots of time to explore the fascinating features the river has to offer.

The rapids today are numerous and relatively easy, with no portages or anything above grade two.

The difficult rapids arrive on our third day with three compulsory portages.

Don’t worry we portage around the nasty stuff, never putting anyone in harm’s way.


Today has the least distance to paddle but it is also the most difficult day.

It has three compulsory portages in it, that require us to manhandle, carry, drag and float, anyway we can the Kayaks around the rapids.

Personally I find the portages to be a very exciting part of the journey. Providing a chance to get out stretch the legs and view the river from a totally different angle, they are just part of the whole awesome experience.


Once again after a good breakfast, we pack camp and load the kayaks for the last time.

As we get going, firstly, we need to portage around the infamous New Zealand Falls on river right.

Then secondly we paddle the last eight kilometres down to the Jackadagery Bridge were we exit the river for the last time.

We arrive at the bridge with plenty of time to board the bus and get back to Newcastle.


Our approximate return time to Newcastle is between 5 -7 pm, however, due to the number of variables in wilderness travel we recommend that you don’t plan any critical appointments that rely on us being back at this time. Fixed times and dates can cause unnecessarily stressful complications should our return be delayed by something out of our control. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss your travel plans in more detail. We can pick you up or drop you off at the Airport or your house.


We want you to have a great time on the Nymboida River Kayak Adventure. Have more questions, call +61 438563307 or email [email protected]

No, you don’t. Everyone can enjoy our kayaking experiences. We provide training as part of your trip and a full safety briefing every day. Any of our qualified guides will be happy to give you any extra personal instruction you may require.

Firstly, during our first day, as we paddle down the river we spend whatever time is needed to make sure everyone has the necessary skills for kayaking safely. Secondly, as we progress downstream on the first day, we stop at each set of rapids and give detailed instruction on a variety of topics about paddling each rapid. Finally with instruction on the second day, you will be more than capable of paddling all the rapids. 

All watersports are thrilling, exciting, wet, wild and an enormous amount of fun. However, as in all adventure sports, there is an inherent risk involved. That uncertainty contributes to the excitement and is one of the reasons people love it so much. However it needs to be said there is a risk, and you must accept that risk when you elect to participate.

Internationally all whitewater rivers are graded as follows:-

Class I: Waves small, passages clear; no serious obstacles. Also described as gravel races. Often no deeper than knees.

Class II: Rapids of moderate difficulty with passages clear. (Great Kayaking for families or for people looking for an introduction to kayaking.)

Class III: Waves numerous, high, irregular; rocks; eddies; rapids with passages clear though narrow openings, requiring moderate expertise in maneuvering. (This is the most popular classification for whitewater, and is the recommended level for beginning Kayakers)

Class IV: Long rapids; waves mighty, irregular; dangerous rocks; boiling eddies; powerful and precise maneuvering required. (Kayak paddlers seeking action and having extensive experience search out these rivers.)

Class V: Exceedingly difficult, long and violent rapids, following each other almost without interruption; riverbed extremely obstructed; big drops; fierce currents; very steep gradient. (Paddlers must have prior Class IV or better Kayak experience. High level of fitness required as well as the right mental attitude for very high-risk activities)

Class VI: Commercially unrunnable.

Single person crossover Kayaks. Our Kayaks are designed for touring on rivers; they make good time on the flat stretches as well as being fun in the rapids. Additionally, they are easy to paddle, safe and can carry a lot of gear.

We have tried to make out tour dates coincide with the best times of the year. For instance in all of our trips, the water is warm enough for swimming.  Additionally not running trips in winter also means we do not need to wear wetsuits, which can be uncomfortable on long paddles.

Unfortunately for this trip, the answer is a definite yes you do. However you don’t need you to be an Olympic swimmer. Ideally we would like you to at least be capable of swimming 25 meters in some fashion. Breaststroke, doggy paddle, freestyle anything it doesn’t matter. You need to be comfortable in the water as there is a good chance at some point you will tip the boat over. When this happens, you may have your face under the water for a few seconds even though you will be wearing a PFD (personal floatation device). We will train you what to do if this happens so don’t worry.

While height is not an issue being considerably overweight may be. We do not allow people to Kayak that are over 120Kgs on whitewater for others this is an adventure activity and as such a medium level of fitness and agility is required. You will need to be able to paddle for approx six hours a day, scramble up the sandy river bank in addition to climbing over rocks and being very active. If you have concerns, please contact us directly

No problem, we cater for vegetarians every day.Some of our guides are vegetarian. Before all of our multi-day trips, there is a pre-trip questionnaire covering medical and dietary requirements.Please call our office +61 438563307  if you have any concerns you would like to discuss further.

Like all wildlife, we can not guarantee to see them however they are very active in spring. In particular, during spring the males are aggressively seeking out the females.We recognize and photograph many more platypus during this time.

Our Nymboida River Kayak Adventure is an adventure journey, so we do like people to have some fitness level as well as good health. You need to be reasonably agile and capable of climbing over rocks. Its ok not to be paddling fit as the river is flowing downstream and the boats will drift downstream even without paddling.More important is an adventurous spirit and a willingness to have a go.

Everyone who is participating in one of our multi-day trips
will be asked to complete our medical questionnaire. Very few medical conditions will prevent you from taking part.
Our guides do need to be informed however in case something goes wrong and you need their assistance.
Bring two sets of medications one as a spare that the guide will carry for you just in case you lose yours. We will be a long way from outside assistance, so we need to take every precaution possible to be self-sufficient.
Pregnant women are not able to participate as the risk is too high.

Yes, you can. However, we do recommend a sports strap or tie. Because of the nature of the adventure, we can’t guarantee the safety of your glasses. If they are vital to your vision, then we recommend bringing a spare pair with you. Two pairs of sunglasses are also recommended as the glare of the river can be quite blinding without them.

Yes, however waterproof or throwaway cameras are best. Also if you are bringing big cameras think about battery life as charging can often be difficult. There is a risk your pride and joy camera may get wet or damaged. Our guides have waterproof cameras that take reasonable good quality photos. We are happy to give you a dropbox link to the pictures at the end of the trip.

Tipping is not part of Australian culture. If you would like to show your appreciation, we would be more than happy with a good review on our website, or trip advisor.

Yes, please contact us on 0438563307 for information on group discounts.

No, you don’t. Everyone can enjoy the Watagan National Park Discovery Tour . We provide training as part of your trip and a full safety briefing prior to heading out. Any of our qualified guides will be happy to give you any extra personal instruction you may require if needed.

Walking Rivers  P/L  caters to all ages of adventurers. Although we do prefer a minimum of 12 years for our multi-day tours, we like to assess each case individually. Family tours are available for younger children, and those concerned with being in ‘their older years’ are welcomed to contact us to discuss their physical abilities


On the Nymboida River Kayak Adventure, we will be packing everything into our kayaks each day to travel to our next campsite. We recognize space is limited, please be assured we know you will be comfortable if you follow our guidelines below.

You will need to bring two bags:

1. your bus bag, a small backpack or similar
2. your general gear bag, these items will be packed into the rear of the bus .

Please remember the saying        “when kayaking less is more”

Travelling on the bus

Your bus bag only needs to fit items you may wish to have with you while we are traveling.
For traveling, wear anything you feel comfortable in.

We do stop for toilet breaks  and also from time to time and if we are passing through a town we might have a coffee break. This is usually done by consensus.

Items for consideration in your bus bag

A small backpack sitting on the grass showing size of bag needed for bus tour to Barrington River Kayak tour
  • water bottle
  • snacks
  • lollies
  • book to read
  • sunglasses
  • reading glasses
  • travel pillow
  • travel rug
  • clean underwear
  • change of clothes to wear home

These below items should be in your general gear bag.

You will paddle wearing the items below.Our priority is protection from the sun it can be brutal in the middle of the day.

Small bottle of Sunscreen

Pay particular attention to face, neck, under chin, ears, backs of hands.


Ideally should be broad-brimmed and wind resistant. An excellent choice is a safari type of hat that covers your neck area. Remember we are paddling whitewater and must wear head protection, so your hat needs to allow for a helmet to go over the top of it.


Should be attached to a strap. We recommend taking a spare pair.

Short Sleeved Shirt

Over a thermal top. Both shirt and thermal top material need to be the quick-drying synthetic material such as polypropylene/polyester fleece or blend. DO NOT WEAR COTTON.

T-shirts and jeans etc. are not suitable clothing for Kayaking.

For people with more money a long sleeved Rash shirt is ideal.

Long synthetic thermals

 A pair of shorts over the top of synthetic thermals are ideal for your legs.


Kayakers should always wear shoes with sturdy grippy soles, toe protection, and a secure fastening system.Enclosed footwear can also assist with sun protection.
Genuine Dunlop volleys are a great option.
Avoid sandals and wetsuit boots, as they do not provide sufficient support when moving around on wet rocks;

Rain Considerations.

We recommend at the very least pack a lightweight spray jacket with hood.
It can be preferable to have a waterproof and breathable material like Gortex. Other options include paddling specific apparel such as dry tops.

Warmth considerations.

In cold conditions avoid apparel made from cotton. Cotton insulates using open air pockets in between the fibers. When cotton gets wet, these pockets fill with water, and the garment loses its insulating properties.
Fabrics such as wool, nylon, and polypropylene insulate with closed air pockets inside the fibers. Garments made from these materials will hold some of their insulating properties when wet.
Consider a Fibre pile/fleece jumper if cold weather is forecast.

Medication – please ensure

1) The name and expiry date of drug is on the container;
2) You have the detailed instructions for your dosage and frequency; 
3) Packed in a waterproof bag; i.e., sandwich bag or similar
4) Pack a full spare prescription in a separate container.

Your river guide will carry this in case you misplace or lose yours. Lousy weather can also cause delays so having additional means you are safe.
If you are flying, please pack all necessary medication in your carry-on luggage. It helps eliminate some stress should your checked bags be misplaced in transit.

Water bottle.

One litre Nalgene bottles are superior to all others for kayaking.

Waterproof camera

Lightweight waterproof digital cameras (can be attached inside your life jacket with a lanyard);
GoPro or similar waterproof action cameras can produce excellent footage however they are savage on batteries. Consider how you will charge or bring
spare batteries and memory cards.


Because we are only away for one night do not need to bring a lot. Below is a list to prompt you in what you may wish to bring.


We do supply snacks but if you have some favorites then bring them with you

Head Torch

A small hand-held torch will suffice but it is much better to get a head torch so as to be able to free your hands up for tasks. A good Head torch also allows you to read in bed at night if you wish.

Extra thermals

One set of synthetic thermals (we keep dry) for wearing in camp or sleeping in if it gets cold. You will not need any more clothes.


We will let you decide how much of these you need.

Sleeping bag Liner

We are supplying down  sleeping bags, that we have tested and know they are both comfortable and they fit into the Kayaks. All we ask you to bring is your own liner. If you are really susceptable to cold a great liner is the sea to summitt fleece one. Our bags are comfortable down to zero degrees celsius.

If you would prefer your own sleeping bag we  recommend getting the smallest one you can that suits your temperature range . Big cheap K mart type bags will not fit into the Kayaks. Please ask us if you are unsure.

Inflatable pillow

A pillow is always nice but for the diehards who don’t mind roughing it you can always stuff your jacket and spare thermals into a dry bag and use it as a pillow.


Often people just swim in their paddling clothes. Either way is successful.

Footwear around camp

Thongs or sandals for walking around camp work well and don’t take up much space in the Kayak


Minimal soap, toothpaste, and toothbrush, dental floss, feminine hygiene products.
Small comb/hairbrush, 2 disposable plastic razor.

Optional items for consideration

  • Beanie
  • Gloves either neoprene or fingerless sailing type
  • Insect repellant small roll on
  • Book to read
  • Reading glasses
  • Binoculars
  • Down jacket
  • Travel boardgames
  • Cards

Please avoid wearing jewelry on the river.

We would just feel bad if you lost something precious to you. Leaving it at home is the safest place for it to be.


We supply a range of teas and coffee as well as juices. You are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages. Please note however that we do expect our guests to consume alcoholic beverages responsibly and strictly enforce a no alcohol on the water policy.


It is against the law in Australia to smoke in National Parks. If you are a smoker, please consider nicotine patches as an alternative solution for the time you are on the river.

Leave no trace

Everything we take into the National Park we must take out. Including toilet waste. Don’t worry we have a system for dealing with everything. Your guides will go through it all with you when we are in camp on the first day.


The images you see below have all been taken during a Nymboida River Kayak Adventure