Our camp site for Friday night
We just got back from my 4th visit to the Kangaroo valley to kayak along the river all the way to the huge dam. Ian and Yeemun and Yeemans sister and partner from England Heloise and Fry joined us so there were 6 of us together.
We left just after 5pm on the Friday and got down to the camp site on the Friday evening and camped on the grass next to the car for the first night. In the morning we got our 3 double sea kayaks, one for each couple. We filled the watertight bags with the important stuff like anything electrical and clothes and the other stuff that can get wet and float like plastic bags of food on top all strapped down, see the photos and you’ll see how we pack.
We then kayaked down river at a slow pace for the day until we found the camp site of our choice in the late afternoon, stopping for lunch on the bank of course. Well that was the plan but we got hit by a sudden thunderstorm of biblical proportions. We were out on the water and seeing the dark storm clouds coming towards us. We wanted to find and get setting up a camp site ASAP because of the thunder and lighting fast approaching.
We ran out of luck and it came down so hard, the rain was so heavy it was bouncing back up off the water and into our eyes. Visibility was so bad at one stage I could only just see the banks. Ian and me were afraid of being out in the centre of the water with all the lighting going on, so we ushered the kayaks over to the banks without telling the girls why so not to scare them.
Then we setup camp out in the wilderness by the river, a very wet camp. It was very hard to get the fire going as all the fire material was absolutely soaked, it took us at least half an hour to get a fire going, I didn’t think we were going to get it going but Ian had confidence. We did start toasting some marshmallows as soon as the fire was going
Sunday morning we got up when we wanted and after a morning swim and wash, kayaked to the end of the river to the big dam. It was all downstream so very easy, where a mini-bus picked us up and took us back to our cars. A lovely trip again, enjoy the photos.
The Audi RS4, perfect high-performance camping vehicle
Ian cooking up some bacon sandwiches
Picking up the double sea kayaks from the hire company
Ian and Yeemun on the river
Landed for the 1st days lunch
Camp just setup on Saturday night after the thunderstorm
Getting the fire started with soaking fire starting material
Fry on Fire! and we have warmth
Me playing with fire
Ian and me having a bit of a chat in front of the fire
with some Johnny Walker Gold label Whisky
The mornings beautiful view from our camp
Venturing into the water for a morning bath
All of us having a freshening morning wash
Possibly one of the most beautiful views to brush your teeth too
The fly’s and ants decided they loved the top of our Yellow
tent and it was their new home by the thousands
A Goanna spotted looking for food
Just a few hundred metres to the end – we made it
3 thoughts on “Kangaroo valley kayaking Autumn 2011”
Hi, just wondering about the camping – do you need to pay for the site to camp ? where is that camp site located ?
Seems like you guys having lots of fun there !
You do it through the company http://www.kangaroovalleycanoes.com.au/ they hire you the canoe and all the equipment including a map to the camp sites along the river, it was really good, we have done it multiple times now through them, I would really recommend it.