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Paddling the longest white water trail in Australia



The Clarence Canoe & Kayak Trail is the longest whitewater trail in Australia! It covers more than 195 km of river between the Nymboi-Binderay National Park and the township of Copmanhurst, encompassing the Nymboida, Mann and Clarence river systems. It offers spectacular scenery, an abundance of wildlife and some exhilarating whitewater adventure. 

With scenery so beautiful your eyes will water and rapids so wild your bum will tighten, you’ll be wondering why you hadn’t come sooner.

Covering more than 195km of river between Nymboi-Binderay National Park and the township of Copmanhurst, this is officially New South Wales’ greatest hidden gem (and Australia’s longest mapped whitewater trail). Combining three wild river systems; the Nymbodia, Mann and Clarence, there is something to please all paddling palates across the eight map sections whether you’re into bone-rattling rapids or zen-like cruising.

2017 saw the launch of the Clarence Canoe and Kayak trail, a 8 part map kit that details the 8 sections of the trail. These kits are a must have before you set upon your adventure. These can be purchased by calling 02 6643 0800 or by downloading your copy via the button below.

Not just for Canoes

Some facts:

The are plenty of places to drive in and enjoy the Canoe and Kayak trail at any level of experience, from splashing in the shallows at Cangai to grade 4 paddling at various waterfalls along the trail. Overall the Clarence Canoe & Kayak Trail is not a beginners’ river! It is a grade 2-3 whitewater trail with some sections containing rapids of grade 4 difficulty. 

There are also three COMPULSORY portages for all paddlers: one at Nymboida Weir (refer to Section 2 Trip Detail); and one each at Rainbow Falls and Willow Tree Falls in The Gorge (refer to Section 6 Trip Detail). The low-level bridges at Cangai (refer Section 5 Trip Detail) and Lilydale (refer to Section 7 Trip Detail) are also likely to be COMPULSORY portages for all paddlers at all except very low river levels. 

It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that paddlers with novice or intermediate skill levels also portage: Cunglebung Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and New Zealand Falls – all grade 4 rapids; and Demolition Derby – a technical Grade 3 rapid (refer to Section 4 Trip Detail) for safety reasons.

The rapids can be tricky,maybe you leave these ones for the experts

Not quite confident to face the longest white water trail in Australia on your own. That's okay, there are plenty of guides across the Clarence Valley that can help you. 

Have a look at the adventures of We are Explorers in this awesome 4 min video shot on the trail. They came, they saw, they really didn't want to leave.

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Part of me wants to keep it a secret, part of me wants to tell everyone I know, the Clarence Valley is paradise.


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