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Women's Overnight Canoe Trip: Shoalhaven Gorge mid week

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This women's canoe overnight experience encapsulates the beauty of the Shoalhaven Gorge.

Based in one of the best overnight paddle destinations in Australia, we explore the river banks and breathtaking natural scenery.

We pack camping gear into canoes to spend the night by the river, relax around the fire and feel away from every day pressures.

Your qualified flat water canoeing Women Want Adventure guide will ensure a safe, fun filled adventure choosing the pace that will best suit the group and the weather conditions for the weekend.

DETAILS:

  • Start time: Meeting 9.00am at the Safaries House location "Base House"
  • Finish time: 2pm day two
  • Grade: Easy to moderate - Some paddle fitness required, especially in wind conditions. This trip grade will change to moderate if in windy or rain conditions. Women should feel confident to be on the water canoeing for up to 3.5 hours
  • Numbers: 8 women maximum
  • Price: $550pp inc GST and booking fee

DAY ONE:

We meet at the Base House (2210 Moss Vale Rd Barrengarry 2577) in Kangaroo Valley at 9.00am. We will be organsing to leave our cars here. After a quick sorting out of gear and a group welcome, we jump on the shuttle bus to take the twenty-minute shuttle to Tallowa Dam.

It's then a 3 hour paddle into the spectacular Shoalhaven Gorge which is recognised as one of the most scenic flat water paddles in Australia, especially after rain with many waterfalls coming over the majestic sandstone cliffs.

We stop on the way to have morning tea by the river and take our time.

We camp at one of the Fossickers Flat area's by the river to enjoy the peace, no roads, no powerboats, just the noise of the birds to wake you up in the morning.

At night we relax around the fire (when permitted), with wine and cook up a healthy meal.

DAY TWO:

Wake up by the river and enjoy a yummy outdoors breakfast and a swim. Return paddle to Tallowa Dam by 1.30pm. We will allow 3.5 hours to enjoy morning tea on the banks along the way. We will meet the shuttle for the return back to our cars.

WHAT TO PACK:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Tent (unless hiring from us)
  • Pillow
  • Camp chair
  • Sleeping mat
  • Mess kit ( plat/bowl/mug/knife/fork and spoon). Please bring your own for Covid safety
  • Head torch with batteries
  • 3L water. We suggest 2x mt Franklin 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 pair os socks
  • Ugg boots or dry camp shoes
  • Towel and swimmers
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • BYO alcohol
  • Face masks or shuttle transport to and from launch location
  • Lunch for day one (simple sandwich/muffin etc). Your guide will provide morning and afternoon tea

INCLUDED:

  • All canoeing equipment
  • Qualified canoeing WWA female guide
  • Meals day one: Morning tea, afternoon tea, dinner and dessert
  • Meals day two: Breakfast and morning tea/snacks
  • Shuttle return
  • 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 barrels for your gear

Need to get in touch? Great! We love hearing from you and helping to answer your adventure questions. Please email womenwantadventure@outlook.com

Team Women Want Adventure

FAQ'S:

Read a full list of common answers to questions 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.

Are you a licensed outdoor company? We sure are! We have licensing with NSW National Parks Eco Pass, Parks VIC and are an Eco Certified Company. We believe in uplifting females in the outdoor industry and operating professionally with a qualified team. It s important our industry gets respect and recognition it deserves to promote females in this space and encourage the industry to grow. When you book a trip with Women Want Adventure, you re supporting our industry, guides who have studied to gain qualifications for their roles and supporting local operators.

What if it s raining? Women Want Adventure trips still go ahead in all types of weather, unless electric storms. We will be in contact with you in case of a change in plans. Please bring your wet weather gear as we canoe in raining weather.

How old do I need to be to attend? Women Want Adventure trips are for women over the age of 18 years.

Are there bathrooms on this trip? There are no flushing toilets on this trip or drop toilets. Your guide will instruct the group on a bush bathroom location and use appropriate methods to care for the environment. This means you will be going in the bush, and leaving no trace of paper or sanitary items.

Roughly how old are the women attending? Between mid 30's to late 60's.

Are there part payment plans available? We can arrange a part payment plan for larger multi-day trips only, not weekend adventure escapes, overnight canoe trips or day trips.

Do I need to be really fit? No. We paddle very slow and take our time. You will be in a double canoe and has assistance from your partner. A basic level of fitness is required.

Do I need to book with a friend because two ladies go in a canoe? No! Come individually! We make it work with numbers and it's a really nice way to connect with a new friend paddling up the Gorge.

Cancellation policy:

Please view our full terms and conditions HERE.

Within the total booking cost, there is a non- refundable 15% deposit.

If you need to cancel due to covid, or other reasons due to illness or cannot attend the below applies:

* A 75% refund 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 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.

That is:

1. 0 to 10 days: No refund

2. 10 to 30 days: 50% refund

3. 31 or more days: 75% refund

Please be aware that if a participant cancels their trip once it commences or they do not show they also forfeit their full trip cost. Late arrival of a participant or participants on the day may also forfeit the full trip cost.

Covid-19 cancellations:

If Women Want Adventure cancels this trip, we will provide a refund of your payment minus the deposit. This deposit holds the accommodation and expenses paid for providers which are non-refundable. Please be aware of these conditions prior to your booking.

Retreat trip transfers:

If you wish to transfer your weekend trip, this must be one outside 15 days prior to departure. There is a $50+gst transfer fee. Women Want Adventure does not except transfers within 15 days prior to departure.

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

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