Kayaking & Canoeing

If there is one experience to tick off your list while in Kangaroo Valley, it is Kayaking and Canoeing. Being in control of your own Canoe or Kayak while travelling downstream the Kangaroo River is an incredibly fun experience. The perfect adventure for couples, family groups and even large friend groups! Come immerse yourself in the majesty of Kangaroo Valley with us.

Choose from any of our trips and we guarantee you'll have a fantastic time. As Fully-Qualified Guides with Wilderness First Aid qualifications and over 25 years experience in Kanagroo Valley, come and see why we've been rated as the best customer service in Australia!

We offer trips from the Hampden Bridge down to Bendeela  for those looking for something adventurous, Stillwater Paddling for those families that want a more relaxing experience (perfect for larger family groups) and when the river conditions are just right, we can offer the Upper Kangaroo River Run as a Guided Trip.

We also offer an entire selection of Overnight Canoe and Kayak Expeditions on Lake Yarrunga, throughout Morton National Park and in the Shoalhaven Gorge.

Each of these experiences can be either Guided or Unguided, last from 2-hours to 3-days and are always a hit - just check out our Google Reviews to see!

Trip 1: Bridge to Bendeela Experience (Unguided)

The must-do while in Kangaroo Valley!

Tackle the mighty Kangaroo Valley Rapids!

Kayaking or Canoeing down from the iconic Hampden Bridge to Bendeela is a fantastic opportunity to be introduced to moving water. The first 3km section of Canyon Country consists of three Grade 1 rapids with still pools in between each. This is followed by gliding across Lake Yarrunga for the remainder of the trip in a gentle stillwater paddle. Perfect for couples and family groups alike. There is lots of opportunity to rest along the way and to discover the amazing array of wildlife – Water Dragons, Azure Kingfishers, Lyrebirds, Wombats, White Bellied Sea Eagles, Echidnas, Platypus, the list goes on and on. We then pick you up from the Bendeela camping ground and drop you back to our office, KVAC HQ.

  • Time: Allow 2.5 hours
  • Cost: $65 per person
  • Australis Barra 1-person Kayaks or 2-person Canoes available

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Trip 2: Stillwater Paddle & Wildlife Spotting (Unguided)

A stunning Stillwater Paddle on the beautiful Lake Yarrunga! Meeting at our KVAC HQ for pre-start and safety gear fitting before the tour begins at Bendeela Recreation Area, you'll be able to paddle to your heart's content. The perfect way to sit back and relax while gliding along the surface of the water, experiencing the beauty of Kangaroo Valley from a truly unique perspective. With plenty of wildlife to see, make sure you bring a camera to capture all the memories! This option is perfect for families with young children, couples, large groups or even just simply those that are looking for a tranquil and relaxing way to switch off and be one with nature.

  • Time: Allow 2.5 hours (Half-day or Full Day is possible)
  • Cost: $65 per person
  • Australis Barra 1-person Kayaks, Australis 1-person Touring Kayaks, 3-person Canoes and 2-person Canoes all available

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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: $250 per person (additional nights $80 per person)

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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: $250 per person (additional nights $80 per person)

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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: $250 per person (additional nights $80 per person)

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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.Learn 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.

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