Five Kayaking people are sitting next to a rapid in Kayaks during the Nymboida River Kayak Adventure



The Nymboida River Kayak Adventure takes six days. 

The total price of only $1419  includes all food, transportation, kayaks, professional guides, and safety equipment. We need six people for the trip to run.

In addition, you must be at least 15 years old.

White Water Kayaking is awesome fun

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.

Perhaps if you are still unsure you could start with our training weekend on the Barrington River. Its designed to get people comfortable paddling rapids before taking on either the Snowy River or any of our NSW kayaking Journeys.

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 t8he 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.


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