SNOWY RIVER KAYAK ADVENTURE
A BIG ADVENTURE JOURNEY DOWN AUSTRALIA’S MOST FAMOUS RIVER
7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS
ONLY $1899.00 TOTAL
SPRING /EARLY SUMMER
15 yrs MIN
WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT
No other company offers the same turnkey experience, from transport, kayaks & camping equipment, we supply it all.
Join us for a holiday that is fun and exciting, whitewater kayak paddling your Kayak down the famous Snowy River. We provide all training, kayak and camping equipment for your excellent Snowy River Kayak Adventure.
As you consider joining us on the Snowy River Kayak Adventure the following information will be important to you .
Walking Rivers discovered on a Snowy River Kayak Adventure its far more exhilarating, whitewater rafting or kayak 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 real river touring boats they are not inflatables. We provide all transport, food, training, and equipment for you to have an excellent Barrington River kayaking Adventure.
Key points why are we different
WHY WE LOVE OUR SNOWY RIVER KAYAK ADVENTURE
The Snowy River kayak adventure is just that, a real adventure.
Known to offer you intrigue and excitement around every bend in the river, it has become one of our favourite experiences.
Because of the remoteness of the area, there is no other way to experience this part of the national park other than by Kayak.
We love paddling through the steep-sided rocky gorges and being part of the ancient landscape. We know of no other place in Australia with scenery that has forged as many legends as the Snowy River.
Additionally, we know you will love seeing some of the abundant wildlife that calls the river corridor home. Our private sandy riverside campsites often allow you to get up close and personal with many of Australia’s native animals.
Our Snowy River Kayak Adventure allows 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 Snowy River Kayak Adventure
Firstly, there is the opportunity for you to guide your Kayak down more than one hundred 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.
Additionally, for those that wish too, there is also the opportunity for jumping and diving from various rocks in the gorges.
Or maybe you would prefer to laze around in one of the slow-moving crystal clear water pools.
Finally, our highlight list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning that we paddle through four spectacular boulder strewn gorges.
The most famous and memorable being Tulloch Ard Gorge.
This canyon has some more difficult rapids that we do not paddle but instead portage around. The carriages are a lot of fun and part of the challenge they often end up being a very memorable part of your Snowy River kayak adventure.
As with all of Walking Rivers experiences for people with a penchant for photography, the opportunities are just incredible.
Key points, activity highlights
MORE ABOUT THE WILDLIFE
The wildlife in the river corridor is varied and abundant.
The pristine water quality of the Snowy River creates an ideal environment for a variety of wildlife.
It is not uncommon to witness emu and kangaroos within meters of our campsites. You will see platypus, river dragons lots of birds and even the occasional snowy river brumby (Wild Horse) coming down to drink from the river.
We have been watching the same pair of swans and their babies every time we paddle the river.
Key points, about the wildlife
GETTING THERE IS HALF THE FUN
Our Snowy River kayak adventure starts from our home base in Newcastle;
the Walking Rivers bus travels down through Sydney and onto our start point on the river (approximately 9 hours driving). Our coach 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
STRESS FREE CAMPING
For those who haven’t tried it, the Snowy River kayak adventure 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
ABOUT THE KAYAKS
Custom designed kayaks for undertaking river journeys like the Snowy 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 manoeuvrable in the rapids they need to carry a lot of equipment
Key points, the kayaks
ABOUT THE FOOD
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
If you are at all apprehensive about your abilities to undertake something like the Snowy 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
WE DON’T INCLUDE
- 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 Snowy River Kayak Adventure begins the moment we climb on board the bus. Relax and enjoy the journey as we whisk you along the highway to Jindabyne and then onto Willis through the Australian Alps.
PRE TRIP MEETING
Approximately one week before leaving
We endeavor to telephone or skype every person who has booked the Snowy Rver 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 traveling to our first campsite at Willis nature reserve beside the Snowy River in the lower Snowy Mountains National Park.
To be there with enough time to set up camp, cook dinner, unload the boats, etc. we need to have a five am start in Newcastle ( I know sounds horrible doesn’t it).
For people that do not wish to travel so far by road, it is possible to fly to Canberra, and the bus can pick you up from the airport. Flights are at your cost. On arrival at Willis , we put up tents, light a fire ( if fire restrictions are not in force) have dinner and enjoy the evening talking around the campfire.
Rise and shine ready for fun and adventure.
Firstly we have a hearty breakfast after which we then start to pack up the campsite and get ready to go onto the water.
However, before we get in the boats, we will do some onshore training just to make sure everyone is on the same page.
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; these are all the skills you will need for paddling the snowy river kayak adventure
- Forward and reverse strokes
- Sweep strokes
- Draw strokes
- 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.
The river between Willis and McKillop’s bridge has approximately 30 rapids that range between gravel races, grade one and grade two. A couple of the rapids are excellent training rapids allowing us to hone our skills for further down the river where the whitewater becomes more extended and wilder.
We travel at a leisurely pace to allow for plenty of swimming, animal observing and relaxation.
Our camp that night is in a beautiful location beside the river on a sandy beach.
As we leave Red Rock campsite, we will be looking forward to a big day for both rapids and distance. It’s a twenty-six-kilometer day with rapids becoming more numerous and fun. Additionally, by now everyone is usually feeling comfortable with handling the Kayaks on both the flat water and the rapids.
Remember we are always paddling with the flow of the river, which means the Kayaks move along with minimal effort.
Our campsite this time is known as Little River, and it’s another stunning wilderness setting on the sand, alongside the river.
We always endeavor to light a campfire at all of our stops as it is a fantastic way to unwind from the day’s excitement.
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.
Today is inspiring as it’s our first day with a grade three rapid in it. The rapid is known as logjam for no real reason other than there is a significant log laying on the bank nearby.
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.
Our camp tonight will be right near the entrance to the infamous Tulloch Ard Gorge. Known for some big rapids and the treacherous A-frame.
Don’t worry we portage around the nasty stuff, never putting anyone in harm’s way.
We spend all morning negotiating our way through the gorge. Carrying both the kayaks and our gear around the bigger rapids does take some time. Once completed, you will think it was great fun and a significant part of the adventure.
It is a rewarding feeling getting to the other side.
After all our effort there is an excellent place on the other side for a swim. It has a rock for jumping off spot for those that are a bit more adventurous.
Day five does mean the end of the significant rapids with all the rest from here being back to grade two’s and ones, finally petering out altogether as the river starts to meander across the flats.
Today we paddle past some old curios ruins with everybody guessing what they used to be in their heyday.
Also, some of the rock formations along this part of the river are astounding. Your imagination will be thrown back in time, wondering about how much heat and pressure it must have taken to bend the cliffs into today’s shape.
The Snowy River delivers right to the end; our last paddling day is in some ways the best. It is a lazy relaxing paddle through some beautiful countryside down to our final river destination Buchan.
Once we arrive at Buchan our journey’s end, we pack our gear load the boats onto the trailer and prepare to head home and back to the real world.
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.
On the Snowy 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
- water bottle
- book to read
- 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;
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.
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.
One litre Nalgene bottles are superior to all others for kayaking.
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.
We do supply snacks but if you have some favorites then bring them with you
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.
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.
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
- Gloves either neoprene or fingerless sailing type
- Insect repellant small roll on
- Book to read
- Reading glasses
- Down jacket
- Travel boardgames
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.