Kayaking & Canoeing

If there is one experience to tick off your list while in the valley, it is kayaking or canoeing. Being in control of your own boat while travelling downstream the Kangaroo River is a beautiful experience. Partner up with someone today and immerse yourself in the majesty of Kangaroo Valley. 
Guided kayaking trips in Kangaroo Valley

We offer trips from the Hampden Bridge down to Bendeela camping ground, along with Upper River kayaking adventures for the more experienced, given appropriate river conditions. These experiences can be either guided or unguided, from two hours to overnight hire, and feature your own photographs which you can purchase online afterwards.

Bridge to Bendeela Experience (Unguided)

Paddling down from the iconic Hampden Bridge to the Bendeela camping grounds is a marvellous opportunity to be introduced to small rapid paddling. The first 2km consists of 3 or 4 grade 1 rapids with pools in between. The remaining 3km is a gentle stillwater paddle. There is ample opportunity to rest along the way and to discover the amazing array of wildlife – water dragons, azure kingfishers, lyrebirds, wombats, white breasted sea eagles, the list goes on and on. We then pick you up from the Bendeela camping ground and drop you back to your vehicles.

  • Time: Approximately 2.5 hours
  • Cost: $65 per person
  • Single kayaks or double canoes available

Sandstone Gorge Overnight Experience (Unguided)

Leave from Tallowa Dam around mid-morning to paddle up the Shoalhaven River and through the magnificent sandstone gorge. After paddling for 3-4 hours you have the choice of establishing your campsite at numerous spots around Fossickers Flat. (National Parks toilets located at some camping spots). Immerse yourself in the amazing surrounds and watch the brilliant stars at night. Strike camp mid-morning the next day to arrive back at Tallowa Dam for your pickup just after lunch. Extra nights can be added to the expedition.

  • Time: 2 days/1 night
  • Cost: $220 per person (additional nights $80 per person)

Bendeela to Tallowa Dam Overnight Experience (Unguided)

An overnight expedition that provides the opportunity to paddle in the one direction. Camp along the banks of Lake Yarrunga at numerous camping areas, some with National Parks toilets provided. Immerse in the natural beautiful surroundings of the Morton National Park before striking camp and paddling the next day onto Tallowa Dam for your pickup. Extra nights can be added to the expedition.

  • Time: 2 days/1 night
  • Cost: $220 per person (additional nights $80 per person)

Drowned Forest Overnight Experience (Unguided)

Sometimes referred to as the Sunken Forest, this self-guided expedition has been a part of the KVAC stable for over 20 years. A magical trip that takes you to where Yarrunga Creek flows into Lake Yarrunga. On the way you will pass a forest of once majestic gums that are now exposed as sentinels presiding over the peace and tranquillity that is the Drowned Forest.

The trip starts at Tallowa Dam, heads north toward Beehive Point, then into the Yarrunga Creek waterway. The trip back is a return trip to Tallowa Dam. This is also an outstanding Bass fishing area given the number of hiding spots frequented by this wonderful native freshwater sport fish.

  • Time: 2 days/1 night
  • Cost: $220 per person (additional nights $80 per person)

Guided Adventure Day

Two guided activities of your choice in one amazing day adventure! Choose from bush walking, kayaking, abseiling, mountain biking, wildlife spotting, fishing and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any rapids in Kangaroo Valley?

Yes there are some Grade 1 rapids in Kangaroo Valley. Grade 1 rapids are 'easy', and are defined as slow to medium flowing water with very small, regular waves or riffles. Relatively few obstacles, with an easy path to find and follow. Suitable for novices.

What safety equipment is supplied?

Participants are provided with well-maintained, high quality kayaks or canoes, paddles and lifejackets.