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Great Goulburn River Women's Rafting Adventure

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Searching for a nature based pristine river rafting experience, camping, delicious food and lots of fun? We can help with that!

Discover the majestic Goulburn River the lifeblood of the region with a group of like-minded women.

This is a white water rafting trip for women wanting to undertake an unforgettable experience! Special memories are created on the water, learning new skills, camping by the river and plenty of laughter.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Raft the Goulburn river on grade 1-2 rapids
  • Enjoying the beautiful scenery and wildlife
  • Meet like-minded women
  • Learn new paddle raft skills and techniques
  • Be fully supported by professional female raft guides

DETAILS:

  • Date: Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th April 2021
  • Meeting time: 8.30am (please be on time)
  • Meeting: End of Mcmartins Rd, Alexandra, Victoria. View link
  • Finish: Sunday between 2.30-3pm
  • Grade: Easy to moderate. Grade 1-2 rapids. Suitable for first timers who have a good level of fitness and mobility. Most women have never rafted before joining this trip. View trip grading.
  • Duration of paddle on water: 4 hours paddle time + 2 hours breaks
  • Guides: Two female professional Australian qualified raft guides. Lauren and Ebondy have over 30 years combined experience and both on the Australian Raft Team. They are what you call - the best in the business!
  • Price: $550pp inc GST and booking fee

A DAY ON THE WATER...

After a meet and greet, we park our vehicles at the start point and prepare personal gear. We take a minimum number of vehicles to the put in at 'The Eildon Pondage Hydro Power Station' where we pump our rafts. After a safety and paddle brief and delicious morning tea, we will launch our vessels for our Great Goulburn River Adventure!

Women can expect to paddle a total of 8km on the first day and 16 km on the second day. There are 3 rapids to navigate on our first day. S Bend, The Pumpkins and the Horace Wave. You can make up funny names as you go too!

We will spend time at the last rapid, where women have the option to carry rafts up and run this rapid several times. We have a selection of gorgeous lunch spots available, with plans to soak in the sunshine and enjoy the experience. This river is teaming with wildlife. It s not uncommon to see fish jumping, sparrows feeding on the hatching insects and shy platypus.

Our camp for the night will be Gummies. This location is a flat grassy area and the best part is this location is only accessible by private property, so we will have it all to ourselves!

Women are encouraged to explore our waterfront home, take a swim or let the day slip away with a book in one of our hammocks.

Dinner will be served around 6:30pm, your guides Lauren and Ebony are passionate about food and specialty dishes include beef bourguignon, vegetarian curries, Hungarian beef casserole or Southern style pulled pork. Lauren is also a keen musician and will happily play a tune with a little prompting and Ebony singing!!

After a restful sleep, women wake at 7:30am and start the day right with fresh coffee, loose leaf tea, oats and fruit.

We will aim to be on the water by 9:30am for a relaxing meander paddle into Mcmartins take out and our original meeting location.

WHAT YOU WILL TAKE AWAY:

  • White water paddle skills
  • On water navigation skills
  • History of Goulburn River
  • A bunch of new friends
  • An unforgettable experience and a new found confidence

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Tent (unless hiring from us)
  • Pillow
  • Camp chair
  • Sleeping mat
  • Head torch with batteries
  • 3L water. We suggest 2x mt Franklin bottles and a water bottle. We supply additional
  • Personal medication
  • Rain coat
  • River shoes/shoes that can get wet
  • Clothing to get changed into at camp (trousers/dry t-shirt)
  • Clothing to wear canoeing day two
  • Jumper or jacket
  • Hat (best if it has straps) and sunglasses
  • Toilet roll or tissues (we will also supply)
  • Phone or camera
  • Good book!
  • 2x pair os socks
  • Ugg boots or dry camp shoes
  • Towel and swimmers
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • BYO alcohol

* If you don't own a tent, sleeping bag or sleeping mat - we have the following hire options available. Please indicate when booking. We will send an invoice for these items 2 weeks prior to departure.

  1. Tent - $40
  2. Sleeping bag - $30
  3. Sea to Summit Sleeping Mat - $30

INCLUDED:

  • All craft equipment, including PFD s and paddle
  • Tuition given to level of tour
  • Two Women Want Adventure Australian Professional Raft Guides
  • Day 1 morning tea, lunch, dinner & dessert
  • Day 2 Breakfast, snacks, morning tea & lunch
  • All cooking gear and tables
  • Group tarp and picnic rug
  • Tents (if required for hire). Please indicate when booking
  • All eating utensils (you are welcome to bring your own mug)
  • First aid
  • Washing up gear
  • Containers/barrels and bags for your items in the rafts

HOW TO GET TO THE MEETING LOCATION:

Mcmartins Lane is located at the end of Mc Martins Road. Guests should keep driving though a gate/Cattle grid and continue 200m to the river.

How far away from nearest capital city? Melbourne is 2.5 hour drive from this location.

Need to get in touch? Great! We love chatting with you. Please contact womenwantadventure@outlook.com.

FAQs:

Please view comment answers to trip questions via our FAQs page here.

So, what exactly is Women Want Adventure? Do I have to be a young, super fit, experienced adventurer to attend? Nope, you certainly do not. You can be a beginner to advanced (or anywhere in-between). Women Want Adventure is all about women coming together to try something new, make friendships, experience challenges, surprises and enjoyment of adventure. Our youngest member is mid 20 s, our oldest is 71, and 75% of women turn up individually. To find out more about what we do, click here.

Are there bathrooms on this trip? A portable toileting facility will be available.

Do I need to know how to raft? No! We ask you are willing to get involved and hit the rapids with a lot of fun.

Do I need swimming ability? Yes. This is mandatory.

Who is guiding this trip? We are! We do not sub contract this trip. We have our own professional female raft guides who have both been on the world tour and Rafting Australia Team. They are what you call "best in the business!".

What is the nearest town if I need to stay overnight somewhere? We recommend Eildon (Bonnie Doon Pub) or accommodation in Alexandra is close by.

Can you help arrange my transport and travel? Travel is by individual means only. We do not arrange group transfers to the group meeting location.

Is there a minimum or maximum age limit? All trips are for women over the age of 18 years. We don t have an age limit however, we encourage you to read the grading to ensure you are feeling fit and confident to complete the adventure.

What are the ages of women who attend? Ages range from mid 20 s to late 60 s. The average age of women attending trips is 45 years.

How do I know if I m fit enough for this trip? Please check the grading before you book. We will be able to provide information on the type of fitness required for the trip and what to expect. However, everyone has different levels of what they find easy, hard or challenging. If you re worried about your fitness ability, please contact us to discuss.

What is the cancellation policy? Please view our full terms and conditions here before booking.

* A 75% refund (with the exception of the booking fee $12) will be made if you cancel any part of the reservation 31 days or more prior to the first day of the reservation.

* A 50% refund (with the exception of the booking fee - $12) will be made if you cancel any part of the reservation 15 to 30 days prior to the first day of the reservation.

* No refund will be made if you cancel any part of the reservation less than 10 days prior to the first day of the departure or any time after. This includes cancellation requests for illness and injury.

* All prices are per person and listed in Australian Dollars (AUD). All prices shown are GST inclusive where applicable.

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