Frequently Asked Questions
Choosing a Boat
Single KayaksOur single kayaks provide the most comfort, independence and fun out of the 3 options.
They provide excellent protection from the elements and are least affected by varied river conditions.
We have two main models of single kayaks. Dashes are wide and very beginner-friendly. Daggers (pictured) are narrower and longer, and may be preferred by more experienced kayakers.
Our single kayaks can offer:
- Elastic deck straps
- Waterproof compartments
- Foot-operated rudders for ease of control
- Moulded seats and backrests
- Anyone 10 years or older and physically healthy
- People inexperienced with kayaking
Our Drifter II double kayaks are a good choice for parent/child combos, or for those looking to assist people not suited to a single kayak.
They have a large single cockpit and foot supports, and are paddled by two people using double-bladed paddles.
The front deck provides some cover for the front person’s legs and elastic straps for a map or drink bottle. There is some storage space and rear.
They are a wide, flat-bottomed design which ensures stability and roominess. The seats can be adjusted forward and back along the side-rails.
- Parent/child combos
- Experienced kayakers helping those not suited to a single kayak
Canoes fit two adults and can take a child on the middle seat. They are very stable and roomy, as well as providing lots of space for camping or picnic gear.
Canoes are paddled by the front and rear person focusing on opposite sides of the boat with a short single-bladed paddle.
Canoes are open boats so you will need sun protection for your legs and they can be affected by wind if you are traveling on the open river.
- Adults with children too young to paddle a kayak
- Campers who need significant storage room
What to Wear
ClothingYou will need a hat and sunglasses, and a strap to keep them secure.
Long-sleeved shirts are the best protection from sun, mosquitoes and cold. Shorts are OK but ¾ pants and trousers provide better sun and mosquito protection. A stretchy material is the most comfortable when you get wet (cotton clings and restricts your movement).
Consider wearing water-shoes or sneakers without socks.
Sunscreen and Bug Repellents
You should ensure you wear sunscreen. If you will be out at sunset and/or dawn we also recommend mosquito repellents that contain DEET. For young children, check the label before use.
What to Bring
- Bottle of drinking water each (1 litre per person, per hour recommended on hot days).
- A towel can double as sun protection for your legs.
- You may like to bring a waterproof camera (dry bags available).
- A picnic lunch can help make for a perfect outing. Check out the Paringa Bakery on your way here.
- Anything else that you could require during the trip, such as Ventolin puffers.
Additional Items for Hire
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- The Murray River is very safe due to locks and weirs that control the currents. Watch our blog for any updates on conditions.
As per our cancellation policy, we will notify you to cancel or modify your plans if conditions require it.
- There are no crocodiles anywhere in the Murray River as they can only survive in the tropics at the top of Australia.
- It is rare to see snakes as they are afraid of humans and will usually try to escape before you even notice them. Remaining calm and still near snakes will allow them to comfortably leave the area.
- River Red Gums can sometimes drop large branches. We recommend you avoid sitting or camping under them and instead choose other shady trees.
Both are accredited kayak and canoe instructors through Canoeing Australia.
Both hold current:
- Police clearances
- First aid certificates
- Child-related employment screening as required by the Department for Education and Child Development
- The wind is over 30kph
- Thunderstorms are forecast
- Total fire ban days
- Strong currents
- Any other conditions that may affect the safety of clients
If we have to cancel, payments will be refunded in full. Gift Voucher-based hire or tours will be rescheduled.