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Shoalhaven Gorge // Overnight Canoe Adventure: 9th - 10th March 2022

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Summary

You’ve tried hundreds of ways to spice up your weekends. Do something different. Somehow, you end up back at the local cafe, munching ridiculously nice croissants. 

We’ve got something better than your local pastry crunch.  

The Women’s Overnight Shoalhaven Gorge Trip - 10 women ready to canoe into the wilderness and toast marshmallows …all to end burnout, belly laugh (out loud!), and leave feeling like you’ve really escaped. 

And if you’re lucky, we’ll whip up camp croissants for breakfast!

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Details

The Women’s Shoalhaven Gorge Adventure is specially for you: An overnight canoe trip, camping by the river. At a secret beach location only accessible via canoe. 

We’ll pack essential items (wine, chairs, halloumi) into double canoes, and teach you how to paddle. It’s okay if it’s your first time canoeing, just be prepared to be on the water - learning a new skill and as we say “go for it!”. 

If you’re ready for something different, this weekend will do the trick!

DETAILS

  • Traditional owners: Wodi Wodi Aborigines
  • Meeting: 8.30am day one
  • Meeting location: Kangaroo Valley Safaris Base House - 2210 Moss Vale Rd Barrengarry 2577 in Kangaroo Valley. This is not the shop, but further up the road if coming from Kangaroo Valley town
  • Finish: 2pm second day
  • Numbers: 10 women 
  • Paddle distance each day: Between 9-11km

Did we mention that we want to make this adventure as easy for you as possible? Have a look at what to bring and let us know if you need a little handy hand with anything. 

WHAT TO BRING

  • Sleeping bag
  • Tent (unless hiring from us - $40+gst)
  • Pillow. Yes, you can bring a full size pillow!
  • Camp chair
  • Sleeping mat
  • Head torch with batteries
  • 3L water. We suggest 2x bottles and a water bottle. We supply additional
  • Personal medication
  • Rain coat (essential)
  • 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 and sunglasses
  • Toilet roll or tissues (we will also supply)
  • Phone or camera
  • Good book
  • 2x socks
  • Ugg boots or dry camp shoes
  • Towel and swimmers
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • BYO alcohol
  • Lunch for day one (simple sandwich/muffin etc). Your guide will provide morning and afternoon tea

COVID - 19 QUESTIONS

Adventure, travel and Covid-19 is one of those things that naturally gives rise to queries, concerns and doubts, so we’re here to put your mind at ease.

To attend any trip with us, all women are required to produce: 

* Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination

These new safety measures that apply on all of our trips. 

If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. 

View our Covid-19 Information Page Here.

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

Itinerary

Upon arrival at the meeting location, you will be greeted by your guide and fellow women paddlers.

Your guide will provide you with a large, waterproof barrel and dry bag for your items. We spend a few moments re-shuffling gear, before jumping on the bus for a 15 minute transport to our launch location at Tallowa Dam. There are bathrooms at the meeting location and launch location. 

*Keys can be kept safely at the Base House, along with your car. 

We’ll then play “this goes there” (our version of pack it in!) loading gear into canoes. Your guide will take you through a basic skills paddle briefing and a safety overview before heading out onto the water. The pace is slow and you’ll be in a double canoe, so let your buddy do the paddling!

Along the way we stop for a hot cuppa and morning tea, before making our way further into the gorge.

It takes between 3-3.5 hours to reach camp, where we will unpack and have lunch. 

The afternoon is a great time to swim, relax, read a book or marvel over the towering sandstone cliffs surrounding you. Your guide will prepare afternoon tea and a healthy dinner. Feel free to bring your best jokes for the campfire!

During this paddle, there may be sections of wind. You may need to paddle harder in some sections, or float along in others. It may be necessary to be comfortable to work a little harder if required on this moderate trip. Your group guide will advise any changes due to weather and ensure the group is comfortable. 

No need to set an alarm, local birdlife begin singing early. Today, relax and enjoy a coffee/tea by the river. 

After breakfast, we’ll make our way back towards Tallowa Dam, stopping for a bite to eat and complain we should have stayed for two nights!

We’ll drop you back at your car between 1.30-2pm. Please allow a window of an hour/two incase there is a change in weather and we paddle slower (or faster). 

Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • All canoeing equipment including PFD's & paddles
  • Qualified canoeing WWA female guide
  • Meals day one: Morning tea, afternoon tea, dinner and dessert
  • Meals day two: Breakfast and morning tea/light brunch
  • Shuttle return
  • Eating utensils 
  • First aid and safety communication
  • Washing up gear
  • All cooking equipment
  • Table and group tarp
  • Skills briefing for level of tour
  • Dry bags
  • Dry water barrel for your gear
EXCLUDED:
  • Travel to meeting location
  • Alcohol 
  • Sleeping mat
  • Sleeping bags
  • Tents (we have these for hire $40+gst). Please select when booking

Grading

Grading: Moderate

Our moderate level trips will see you spending more time outdoors and moving that body of yours. From steep inclines on a hike to longer stretches of paddling, you can expect to be on your trip for a minimum of 5-8 hours. A good level of health and fitness is required, and you should be comfortable swimming, hiking, camping and abseiling. Previous bushwalking, kayaking or camping experience is recommended, but not required. You may also be required to carry a pack or equipment (a good workout) and hike up and down steps and hills. Be prepared to challenge yourself and get that heart rate up!

Fitness and Preparation  Physical exercise should not be new to you. We recommend participating in aerobic activity 2-3 times per week and incorporate some hills and stair climbs.   

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