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High Water on the Shoalhaven River: 2.0m at Hillview

High Water on the Shoalhaven River: 2.0m at Hillview There had been a fair bit of rain in the Shoalhaven River’s catchment. The river had peaked at a massive 3.7m on the Hillview gauge on Friday. By Sunday it had dropped back down to 2.0m, which was still a fair bit more water than what I’d seen it at before. Although we were a little unsure about what the river would look like at this level, we decided that with lengthy pools between rapids we would be able to complete the trip safely. What we found were some fun pushy rapids, that still ended in big pools. The river felt a little less steep than lower levels, but more water meant the rapids where … Continue reading
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Upper Allyn River: Ladies Well Section

Whitewater kayaking ladies well on the Allyn River We had a crew of 3 who were keen to paddle on Sunday. Although there had been a little rain around, there wasn’t enough to bring up any of the rivers. Out of options, we decided to head to Penrith Whitewater Stadium. Just as we were walking out the door to leave, we checked the gauges once more. Although no rivers had started rising yet, we did notice a large storm cell starting to rain in the Allyn River’s catchment. Understanding there was a good chance the Allyn River wouldn’t get enough water, we made the gamble to make the +2hr trip to the Allyn River anyway. The road the the Ladies Well camping area crosses over the … Continue reading
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Peak River: The Long Awaited Return

Whitewater kayaking on the Peak River, Goobarragandra It had been five long years since we’d been back to the Peak River. It was late one afternoon in 2003 after paddling the Goobarragandra River that we begun looking at the topo maps to see if we could find another stretch of river to paddle. The Peak River looked like it had the gradient for some good whitewater. We put on in the afternoon expecting to paddle the relatively short section in good time. It wasn’t long before we reached the main gorge and realised we didn’t have nearly enough time to paddle the rest of the river. As night fell, we were forced to walk back out. Although we had to walk out, … Continue reading
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A Quick Paddle Down the Shoalhaven River

kayaking double falls on the shoalhaven river After paddling down the Corang River for the first time the day before, we decided to paddle the more commonly paddled section of the Shoahaven River. Josh and Andrew had gone home following our Corang River adventure, leaving just Alex, Allen, Jaimes and Tristan for the day. Jaimes hadn’t paddled the Shoalhaven River before, so for him it was a chance to paddle something new for the second day in a row. We put in a few kilometres below Oallen Ford via a small side creek and paddled down the the power lines. The level was around ~1.3m on the Shoalhaven River guage at Hillview. I’m not entirely sure what causes the frothing bubbles here, … Continue reading
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First Time on the Corang River

Allen boofing a waterfall on the Corang River We had a group of six paddlers, none of who had paddled the Corang River before. We only knew about the river from reading a short 2 paragraph write up online. The Corang River flows into the Shoalhaven River towards the end of the powerlines section. Since all but one of our group had paddled this section multiple times before, it was an easy decision to try out something new. Our group consisted of Alex, Allen, Andrew, Jaimes, Josh and Tristan. According to the brief write up we’d read, the Corang River is good to go up to about 1.5m on the Shoalhaven gauge at Hillview. The level was ~1.3m, so it seemed like we … Continue reading
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Eric Jackson Playboat Clinic

Eric Jackson freestyle kayaking at Penrith Whitewater Stadium During Easter 2010, the USA’s premiere freestyle kayaker Eric “EJ” Jackson came over to Australia to help teach a freestyle kayaking clinic. Eric Jackson was the USA’s top finisher in the 2009 freestyle world championship winning the silver medal. Along with his recent silver, he has won the world championships four times throughout his career. It was great to have such a highly skilled paddler come out to Australia to teach. The clinic was held for 2 days over the Easter break at Penrith Whitewater Stadium. We learnt a lot during the clinic, both from Eric Jackson as well as Australian paddlers Jez and Gary who were also teaching groups during the weekend. We worked … Continue reading
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Penrith Whitewater Stadium aka The ‘Riff

Penrith Whitewater Stadium aka The 'Riff Even though Australia is a pretty dry place, we’re still lucky enough to be able to paddle year round. It never get’s too cold to paddle, and when there’s no water in the rivers, there’s always a backup plan! Penrith Whitewater Stadium was built for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and runs nearly year round. The last few years it’s closed for 6-8 weeks in the quiet winter period. But during this time, there’s still waves at the beach, and Australia is littered with great beaches. One aspect of kayaking that I really enjoy is getting out in nature, and the adventure of paddling down rivers. I find it far more rewarding being on a real … Continue reading
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Snowy River – Guthega Power Station to Island Bend

whitewater rapids on the Snowy River Despite the fact that there wasn’t much water around anywhere, 3 of us (Allen, Josh and Tristan) decided that a road trip was in order. We headed south towards Jindabyne in the Snowy Mountains area. Jindabyne itself is quite interesting in the summer. It’s right next door to Australia’s main ski fields, and is a very busy place during the snow season. This was the first time I’d been to Jindabyne in summer, and it’s a total ghost town! There were so many shops, homes and other buildings that were shut up waiting for Winter. The Snowy River is in the midst of Australia’s largest engineering project, the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme. There is a large … Continue reading
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Shoalhaven River – Welcome Reef to the Power Lines

second drop of double falls on the Shoalhaven River I had spent the first two weeks of 2010 in New Zealand, kayaking nearly every day. There are rivers everywhere, and the issue we had was that the rain kept coming, meaning most rivers were too high to paddle! Back in Australia it’s a different story. We have to play the patient waiting game until the rains come and fill up the rivers, which usually only lasts a few days at best. Meaning rain on Monday, Tuesday or even Wednesday in most rivers will usually be well gone by the weekend. But when everything comes together and the rains fall in the right catchments at the right time, Australia has some great paddling. So after … Continue reading
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