Choosing a Boat
Our single kayaks provide comfort, fun and independence.
They provide excellent protection from the elements and the least affected by varied river conditions.
If you are extra tall, request a Discovery 15 (cockpit length 1.28m). If you are heavy, request a Contour 450 (capacity 180kg) or Contour 480 (capacity 200kg)
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
- Day trips and overnight camping
Our Drifter II’s are paddled by two people using double-bladed paddles so they are perfect for parent/child combos or anyone wanting to share the paddling.
They have a very large single cockpit (2m x 53cm) and take a combined weight of 180kg.
Their wide, flat bottom ensures stability and roominess. The seats can be adjusted forward and back along the side-rails.
The front deck provides some cover for the front person’s legs and elastic straps for a map or drink bottle. There is storage space for a picnic behind the rear seat.
- Parent/child combos
- People uncomfortable with small cockpits
- Day trips only (due to the limited storage space)
Canoes fit two adults and can take a child on the middle seat. They are stable and roomy and provide 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
Tandem Touring Kayaks
- Those who want a tandem kayak with rudder and ability to take a spray deck.
What to Wear
You 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
We also hire other equipment while you are here. Ask about:
- Camping gear – tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, gas cooker, seats, lantern
- Transport equipment – soft roof racks, kayak trolley, kayak ties
- Kayak extras – waterproof bags and barrels, spray decks
Items for Sale
- 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.
- You may like to visit the next section “Our Qualifications”
Canoe the Riverland is owned and operated by Jim & Ruth Roberts through River Forge Pty Ltd, a fully insured and registered company.
Jim and Ruth are both accredited kayak and canoe instructors through Canoeing Australia.
Jim is a qualified teacher having many years experience in secondary Catholic schools.
Ruth is a Registered Nurse with a masters in business administration.
Both Jim & Ruth hold current:
- Police clearances
- First aid certificates
- Child-related employment screening as required by the Department for Education and Child Development
We reserve the right to reroute, reschedule or cancel under the following conditions:
- 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.