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Bar Island & beyond

Take part in one of the 6th Hawkesbury Paddle Festival events on the secret river. Do it the relaxed, scenic way- The mighty Hawkesbury opens up to us at Brooklyn, where we’ll start our journey. Tracking along the northern shore to visit the wreck of Australia’s first warship, HMAS Parramatta, built in 1910 and still a substancial structure. Then onto mysterious Bar Island to see its old church ruins, cemetery and lookout before sampling the delights of exquisite Marramarra... [More]

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Brilliant Berowra Waters

It’s a paddler’s paradise- beautiful bush, steep cliffs with quaint housses nestled below, fascination history from the convict era and some glorious, sheltered places to pull in. This protected waterway is part of the mighty Hawkesbury River system and offers a great day out. We’ll start at the marina by the ferry and cruise up to Calabash Bay, then to picturesque Neverfail Bay and Bennett’s Bay for lunch and a swim. Back to the Marina Cafe for coffee and cake! Grade easy/medium. [More]

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½ day Bobbin Head/Cowan Creek Explorer

A morning paddle in restful surroundings. Be amazed at the sheer grandeur of the western section of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Steep sandstone cliffs, dense bush to the water’s edge, sheltered sandy pull in points and everywhere the sound of birds. Starting from Apple Tree Bay, we’ll paddle to a picnic spot near the home of Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, then to Pacifica, a site for the capital of Australia (where a replica of Windsor Castle was to be built). 9 to 12.Grade easy. [More]

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Central Coast Exploratory/Brisbane Water NP

Spend a relaxing day on the sunny Central Coast. See Woy Woy Bay and Brisbane Water National Park- it’s lush bush to the water’s edge. Into Waterfall Bay then across to the western shore, where you can decide which home you’ll buy when you win the lottery! Explore Phegans and Correa Bays, before heading east to our secret lunch location- an island with a glorious west facing beach- bring bathers. Along the canals to an island devoted entirely to pelicans! Great Day. Grade easy/medium. [More]

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Dangar Island from Brooklyn

Take part in one of the 6th Hawkesbury Paddle Festival events on the secret river. Do it the relaxed, scenic way- Starting with a paddle from brooklyn to an area rich in natural and social history. Past the isolated communities on Dangar Island (coffee anyone?) and the quaintly- named Little Wobby, crossing from Juno Point to Gunyah Beach, with distant views of Lion Island. Shoreline featues gnarly Angophoras, abundant birdlife, intimate beaches and rugged Hawkesbury sandstone.... [More]

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The Cascades: Garigal NP Paddle & Walk

From Davidson Reserve we’ll kayak as far as its possible to go on Middle Creek. We’ll leave our boats and follow a well-defined bush track to a beautiful swimming and picnic spot- quite spectacular- in the middle of the bush called ‘The Cascades’. Herer there was a thriving cedar forest and the trees were fellled and floated down Middle Creek so they could be punted to Circular Quay for the building of the original Sydney Town. Led by Adrian Clayton. Grade: easy/medium. [More]

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Dora Creek on Lake Macquarie

Join us for a feast of paddling along picturesque Dora Creek adjacent to Lake Macquarie. An easy hour’s drive along the M1/F3. We have 3 waterways to explore- Sandy, Stockton and Dora Creeks and a total of 28kms of bushland and urban scenery to choose from (not that we’ll be paddling 28kms)! Lovely spot to stop for a stretch, lunch etc and a soundtrack courtesy of bellbirds. History galor and in the middle of it all- the Wetbix factory! Quite surreal. Grade easy/medium. [More]

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Magical Mooney Mooney Creek

You glimpse the green as you zoom down the Big Dipper on the M1 – steep, mountainous country-side with semi rainforest to the water’s edge. Nestled below is a wonderful network of creeks, lots of mangroves – the sea eagles, cormorants, herons and kingfishers who make it their home love it. Above us is the highest road bridge in Australia. Lots of nooks and crannies to explore and the occasional homestead – a relaxing day on a quiet, sheltered waterway, swimming opportunities.... [More]

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Hawks Nest Weekend with the Dolphins

The dolphins are the star attraction of this weekend away at beautiful Hawks Nest/Tea Gardens, 3 hours drive north. Last time we watched them play a metre or two from our boats. Unforgettable! We’ll paddle the Myall River with its abundant birdlife and lush vegetation on Saturday, to Corrie Island on Sunday. Barbecue Saturday night. Our base is the impressive Hawks Nest Holiday Park. Luxury villas at discount prices or bring your tent. Kayak hire $370 or BYO $300. Grade... [More]

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Weekend at Wisemans Ferry

Take part in one of the 6th Hawkesbury Paddle Festival events on the secret river. Do it the relaxed, scenic way- Relish the sheer beauty of two of the Hawkesbury’s most scenic tributaries, as we paddle Webb’s Creek and the Macdonald River for the first time. These narrow, sheltered waterways, with their hilly vistas are a treat. The nearby settlement of St Albans boasts an inn dating back to the early 1800’s. Two days, two paddles and excellent discounted accomdation at Del Rio,... [More]

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