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Introductory to Moderate
Activities
  • 3 days canoeing
Accommodation
  • 2 nights camping
Meals
  • 2 Dinners
  • 3 Lunches
  • 2 Breakfasts

3 Days$1070AUD

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Trip Code: KRC

Trip highlights


  • Canoe the languid tropical waters of the Katherine river
  • Drift past river banks lined with rocky escarpments and sandy beaches
  • Camp on sandy riverbanks and enjoy the splendid isolation
  • Spend your evenings sleeping under a blanket of stars

The tropical Katherine River has long been appreciated by our travellers as a fantastic way to experience the Top End wilderness. For over 25 years, adventurers have paddled down the crystal rapids and pandanus channels on our classic Top End itineraries. This pioneering paddling adventure is a worthwhile experience on its own, or as a natural extension to any of our amazing Northern Territory itineraries. Beginning in Katherine, transfer by 4WD vehicle to the put-in location and begin our journey downstream. The spring-fed waters keep flowing throughout the dry season, allowing you to enjoy a unique 3 day paddling excursion travelling between 40 and 55 kilometres downstream. You'll camp on sandy riverbanks and enjoy the splendid isolation far removed from the more popular attractions.

Activities:

Itinerary

Pick up from your Katherine accommodation between 7.00 & 7:30 am. You will then be transferred in a 4WD vehicle to pack your personal effects required for the tour into waterproof bags. You will be fitted with Personal Flotation Devices (PFD), to be worn whilst on the river. 4WD to the Katherine River in a 4WD vehicle, sometimes over un-made roads and tracks. A safety brief and paddling instructions for kayaking and canoeing will be given before entering the water. At a relaxing rate, there will be stops along the river for a morning break, lunch, swim and time to view the diverse river environment, bird and wildlife. Approximately 4.00pm you will step ashore for an overnight remote camping experience. There will be time to relax; fish or read all whilst your guide prepares a delicious dinnerl After a campfire meal, enjoyed with your favourite bottle of wine or spirit, sleep in a bed-roll (swag) under a blanket of stars. Distance covered approx 15km

Meals:  L,D

Wake to a dawn chorus of bird life in the brisk morning air. There is time for an early morning swim. After a hearty cooked breakfast, we pack-up camp and continue paddling down-stream. As we get further from immediate civilisation, the feel of remoteness sets in. The river continues to change from shady paperbark forests to lush pandanus channels, through open sections, surrounded by the river woods and over some small sparkling rapids which are fun and easy to negotiate. At the end of this satisfying day, you will find yourself in a bit of a routine and will have camp set-up quickly. Leaving yourself enough time to explore, relax, chat, check-out some animal tracks or just ‘find yourself’. Distance covered approx 20km

Meals:  B,L,D

After a sumptuous breakfast, we will pack up camp for the last time, we will return to the kayaks for one last relaxing day. You will be ‘tuned in’ to all the sights and sounds around you and will find yourself exhilarated by every experience, enjoy it while the moment lasts. At approximately 2:30pm you will be picked up from the river and transferred in a 4WD back to World Expeditions premises to collect your belongings. Then transfer to your Katherine accommodation or bus terminal as per prior arrangements made. Tour end 5:30 pm approximately. Distance covered approx 15km

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Professional wilderness guide
  • All group camping equipment including swags for sleeping, sleeping bags, liner (or sheet), therma rests, catering and dining utensils, and mosquito repellent
  • All National Park and camping fees
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • 4WD transport from Katherine
  • Canoes/Kayak - we use a range of ‘Scupper Pro’ sit-on-top kayaks or 2 person canoes

  • Airfares
  • Accommodation in Katherine before and after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance

Suitability

Introductory to Moderate

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This trip is for almost anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and competent swimming ability. This adventure is designed for the enthusiastic and adventurous in search of something different. This trip has been graded at an introductory to moderate level. These adventures are best prepared for with some regular moderate exercise. As always with adventure travel, you should enjoy a healthy lifestyle before undertaking this trip. Please bear in mind that because you will be traveling into a remote wilderness, creature comforts are limited. Your level of fitness can also help you acclimatise to the warm temperatures and humidity, so we suggest a bit of kayaking, swimming, walking, jogging or cycling to trim yourself up ready for the Territory!


Departure dates

Departs Wednesdays and Sundays from May to September

Notes

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High Season

Total Priceper person from

Adult$1070AUD

Child$990AUD** See right for further details.

Options & Supplements*
  • Low Season - Child Price - min age 7yoAUD$1090
  • High Season - Child Price - min age 7 ageAUD$1190
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Katherine River Canoeing trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.