About Us

Kangaroo Valley Adventure Company offers guided and unguided outdoor adventure activities in Kangaroo Valley, NSW including canoeing, kayaking, bush walking, abseiling, rock climbing, platypus viewing and mountain biking. As a family-run business we offer a personalised experience that truly comes from practicing and living an environmentally aware lifestyle. We have over 22 years of outdoor adventure experience here on Kangaroo Valley and its surrounds.

Kangaroo Valley adventures
Adventure guide Mike in Kangaroo Valley

Mike's Outdoor Experience

Mike Hayes, the owner of Wilderness Experience Training and the Kangaroo Valley Adventure Company, has been delivering outdoor adventure training experiences and corporate adventure programs in Kangaroo Valley since 1998.

Mike has a degree in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics and holds a Diploma of Outdoor Recreation. He has a particular passion for the amazing wildlife in Kangaroo Valley and is the ‘go to’ person when it comes to understanding the Valleys amazing platypus population.

Working with Sir David Attenborough

In 2001 Mike was blessed with a visit from Sir David Attenborough while the BBC were filming ‘The Life of Mammals – Monotremes’ documentary. The two bonded over their mutual love for rugby union and deep interest in Australian fauna.

Letter from David Attenborough

Testimonials

Mike who runs KVAC is an absolute legend! The service he offers is outstanding. He is friendly, relatable, and full of local knowledge. KVAC is THE premier kayak hire and adventure tour company in the Valley. I would 100% recommend and will 100% be coming back! Thanks for a great day KVAC!

- Tom Ragen

Our party of 5 (including 3 kids aged 10-13) had the best time kayaking on the upper Kangaroo River. Mike was an awesome host and gave us great instruction. We navigated some fun small rapids and laughed our way down the river. Highly recommended! Ask Mike about his Adventure tours and Platypus spotting too.

- Francoise Ballard

We had such a great experience with canoe hire from this company. There were a few options in town but we were delighted with our choice. Mike is such a great host. He answered all of our questions and was very friendly and knowledgeable. We were apprehensive about solo canoes but Mike was very reassuring and we are so happy he encouraged us with this choice as we had a magnificent time on the river together.

- Yang Sharon

I took my two boys with mates and Mike from KVAC was amazingly helpful and flexible in tailoring something so we could have a great time canoeing on the river. He is extremely knowledgeable about the local area including giving me plenty of advice about local MTB trails for when I come back without the kids.

- Scott Abbott

Best service experience in years. Mike is extremely knowledgeable, very friendly, helpful, and goes the extra mile without any fuss to make your trip memorable. A great ambassador for what can be done to promote business in small country towns. 12 out of 10. Thanks Mike.

- Andre Botes

Mike was so lovely and persuaded us to do the single kayaks as you have more control over yourself and more freedom. It was one of the best experiences I have ever done. Beautiful scenery and so peaceful. Super affordable, such a friendly, upbeat and encouraging guy and an experience worth every penny!

- Kathryn Frangos

We started the day wondering if we shouldn’t go to the pub and read a book instead, as it was a rainy misty morning….. And then we met Mike! What a great day we had, he is full of energy and positive vibes and went out of his way to make us discover the Valley and explore amazing spots! More than highly recommend.

- Soizic Lesaffre

Mike Hayes is a great host. Very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Good prices and the river is great fun! A few good sized rapids to get the heart rate up and plenty of wildlife around too! Will definitely be back.

- Alec Palmer

Mike and Billy is so friendly and giving us a really great experience at Kangaroo Valley. Definitely stick to this company when you looking for an adventure trip at Kangaroo Valley.

- Jevon Hartanto

Thanks for a great day Mike, a quick phone call and I was sorted and on the river in no time… Too easy!!

- Luke Meijer