A view of mountains and a valley showing where the Snowy River Kayak Adventure is paddled

SNOWY RIVER KAYAK ADVENTURE

JOIN US ON AUSTRALIA’S ICONIC SNOWY RIVER AND YOU MAY HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE.


LENGTH

6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS

ONLY $1419 incGST pp

LOCATION

SNOWY MOUNTAINS

SPRING /EARLY SUMMER

SUITABLE

15 YEAR OLD MIN

PRICE BASED ON MIN FIVE

A JOURNEY UNLIKE ANY OTHER

Take in the sights and sounds off the magnificent Snowy River.

Join us for a fun and thrilling paddle down a section of the famed Snowy River in a whitewater kayak. Uniquely, we supply all instruction, Kayaks, camping gear, and food for your fantastic Snowy River Kayak Adventure.

The following information will be helpful to you as you contemplate joining us on the Snowy River Kayak Adventure.

Walking Rivers learned on a Snowy River Kayak Adventure that paddling in a single kayak is considerably more thrilling than paddling a whitewater raft with a lot of people in it.

One person, one Kayak is what we advocate for. Our team will give you all the necessary equipment and instruction so that you may have an unforgettable adventure.

Key points to consider

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

Why do we enjoy our Snowy River Kayak Adventure so much ?

The Snowy River Kayak Adventure is what it sounds like: a true adventure.

It has become one of our favourite experiences since it is known for providing surprise and thrill around every curve in the river.

Because of the area’s remoteness, there is no other way to see this national park region but via Kayak.

Paddling through the steep-sided rocky gorges and being a part of the ancient landscape is one of our favourite things to do. Above all, there is no other area in Australia that has spawned as many legends as the Snowy River.

We also know you’ll enjoy viewing some of the abundant species that inhabit the river corridor. Frequently, many of Australia’s natural animals may be seen up close and personal at our secluded sandy riverfront campsites.

Our Snowy River Kayak Adventure allows you to fully immerse yourself in all of the river’s natural splendour.

Key points, why everyone enjoys the Snowy River Kayak Adventure

  • Kayak only accessible
  • A challenging, rewarding environment
  • The abundant and varied wildlife
  • Ancient landscape with steep-sided gorges
  • full of intrigue and excitement

Activity highlights you will enjoy

Firstly, there is the opportunity for you to guide your Kayak down more than fifty easy to paddle river rapids.

Rapids offer fun, excitement and for a lot of people, a challenge that is out of there comfort zone but with some training, they soon to learn to relax and enjoy the experience.

Secondly, while we are talking about the rapids, another highlight of this adventure is swimming down selected safe rapids. It is an excellent fun way to cool off and relax at the same time.

In general, there is the option of leaping and diving from numerous rocks. Alternatively, you might relax in one of the slow-moving crystal clear water pools.
Finally, opportunities for anybody with a passion for photography are incredible.

Key points, activity highlights

  • 0ver Fifty rapids
  • numerous fun challenges
  • swimming in the whitewater
  • jump and diving off rock cliffs
  • incredible photography opportunities
  • camping in true wilderness

Additional information about the wildlife

The river corridor has a diverse and plentiful animal population.

The Snowy River’s pristine water quality provides an excellent habitat for a diversity of animals.

You’ll witness platypus, river dragons, a variety of birds, and the odd river brumby (Wild Horse) drinking from the river.

Notably, we have frequently seen Emu and kangaroos within metres of our campsites.

Key points, about the wildlife

  • Regularly see:
  • Abundant and varied wildlife
  • Emu
  • Platypus
  • Kangaroo
  • Brumbies

Camping without the stress

The Snowy River Kayak Adventure is a traditional adventure-style kayak trek down a river. Furthermore, it’s ideal for individuals who have never paddled before.

Because all of our camping gear and food must fit inside the Kayaks, we are limited in what we can bring.However, we believe the boats have adequate space for us to bring everything we want for a comfortable trip.

We eat mostly vegetarian or comparable foods since we don’t have access to refrigerators.But don’t be put off by this; we specialise in preparing delicious cuisine in isolated locations.

Each night, we camp by the river in a new area.As a result, we must set up and break down our camp daily.

Key points, about our camping

  • Camp right beside the river
  • Reconnect with nature
  • Relaxing environments
  • Go to sleep hearing natural sounds
  • Diverse Menu

About yourself

If you’re worried about your ability to do something like the Snowy River Kayak Adventure, know that our expert river guides will teach you how to navigate all of the rapids with ease.All you need is a reasonable fitness level and a desire for adventure.

Going on a fully guided expedition versus going alone is a huge difference.

Because our tours are led by experienced, skilled, and certified persons, we can visit numerous areas that we would not be able to see on our own.
Furthermore, we consider you a member of a team helping us conquer all of the obstacles that the river throws our way.

You should be aware of this

Walking Rivers has rigorus risk management and contingency plans in place, as well as safety protocols so you won’t have to worry about anything except having a good time.

We don’t include:

  • Accommodation Before or after the kayak portion of the trip
  • Flights, airport transfers, ferry’s, taxi’s, uber’s
  • Travel/Medical insurance
  • Alcoholic or carbonated beverages
  • Personal items (toiletries clothing etc)
  • Sleeping bag liner

PLEASE CONTACT US HERE

SNOWY RIVER KAYAK ADVENTURE ITINERARY

When

Approximately one week before leaving

How

Firstly, we contact every person who has booked the Snowy River Kayak Adventure with us through phone or skype.
Following the introductions, your guide will explain the logistics of the adventure and any other relevant information.

Secondly, we’ll also be able to answer any concerns or questions you may have about your trip during the call.

Thirdly, we’ll also confirm each person’s particular departure time and location and contact you if there are any last-minute adjustments.

Finally, we’ll email you a list of what to bring, and the list will also be available on the website here.

Our travel day is our start day

First and foremost, we recognise that we must remain adaptable when conducting our Snowy River Kayak Adventure.

With this in mind, we recognise that you may be flying in from another city and we are picking you up from an airport. Alternatively, you may be travelling with us in our vehicle from Newcastle, Sydney, or Canberra. As a result, on our first day, we will adjust our meeting and pick-up times to ensure that we arrive at the first campsite by midday or shortly after.

Another key point, It will be time for your guides to disappear for a while after they have given you your camping supplies and set up our camp.
The vehicles need to be shuttled down the river in readiness for your arrival by kayak the next day.

When the guides return, they will prepare a delicious evening dinner for you and entertain you with river stories in preparation for the first day of paddling the next day.

Second day

Rise and shine, and be ready for fun and adventure today.

Breakfast is the first thing we do. After that, we start to pack up the campsite and get ready to go on the water.

However, before we get in the boats, we’ll do some training on the ground to make sure everyone understands what is required.
Finally, once we are in the boats and on the water, we teach the skills you need for paddling the Snowy River Kayak Adventure.

Significantly, people who have been kayaking for a long time can use this time to go over their skills. People who are just starting out can see how easy Kayaking is.

Days three, four and five

DAY SIX

IMPORTANT:

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 from your house.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

We want you to have a great time on the Snowy 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 Snowy 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.

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

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
SMALL BUS BAG
  • 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.

Hat

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.

Sunglasses

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.

Footwear

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.

WHAT TO BRING FOR CAMPING

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.

Snacks

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.

Underwear

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.

Swimmers

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

Toiletries

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.

Beverages

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.

Smoking

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.

GRAB YOUR CAMERA

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