This great selection of trip reports includes a range of official Club events, as well as other trips that Club members have organised themselves. Send through your trip reports to have them published in SPLASH Magazine and collected here. We always welcome new destinations and trip reports.
- Cooks River and Botany Bay
- Sydney Harbour
- Hawkesbury River
- Nepean River
- Georges River
- Port Hacking
- North Coast
- South Coast
- Southern Highlands
- Central West
- Snowy Mountains
- Outback NSW
- Australian Capital Territory
- New Zealand
Cooks River and Botany Bay
Our home is on the wonderful Cooks River, and we explore the whole of the Cooks River Paddle trail, including Wolli Creek, Muddy Creek, Alexandria Canal and the full length of the Cooks River from the Cooks River Heads on Botany Bay, right up to Canterbury Racecourse and beyond. We also head out into Botany Bay, with lots of coffee runs to Brighton-le-Sands Beach, as well as further south to Dolls Point, Towra Point and Kurnell.
With the world’s greatest harbour just up the road, we’re always exploring Sydney Harbour and its bays, from Parramatta River and Lane Cove River, through to Iron Cove and Balmain, as well as over to Middle Harbour and right up Middle Harbour Creek to Roseville and beyond.
The incredible Hawkesbury River valley includes a multitude of adventures around Ku-ring-gai National Park, including Cowan Creek, Bobbin Head, Berowra Waters and more. Add in the open waters of Broken Bay, from Pittwater to Brooklyn and Patonga and it’s a paddlers wonderland.
The long Nepean River runs through the beautiful secluded bushlands of Blue Mountains National Park. We explore many different stretches, from Menangle and Douglas Park through to Emu Plains, as well as the Warragamba Rive down to the Warragamba Dam.
The Georges River is a fantastic stretch of water running from Liverpool through to Botany Bay. We’re often exploring stretches out to Chipping Norton Lake, as well as its sister river, the Woronora River down to the Needles. We also explore its bays closer to Botany Bay—even paddling back to the Clubhouse.
Between Sutherland Shire and the Royal National Park is Port Hacking, one of the River Canoe Club’s regular destinations. It offers the full range of experiences, from the protected waters of Yowie Bay to the open waters near Jibbon Beach, deep exploration of the Royal National Park along South West Arm Creek, moving water training at Cabbage Tree Creek and fun in the surf at Simpsons Bay. Swallow Rock Reserve is also the regular home of our annual Beginners Course.
Stretching north from Sydney up to the Queensland border, the north coast includes the Myall Lakes—the largest coastal lake system in New South Wales, as well as whitewater destinations including the Barrington, Clarence and Nymboida Rivers.
Stretching south from Sydney to the Victorian border, the south coast is home to some of the world’s whitest sands at Jervis Bay, as well as other great destinations including Lake Illawarra, Minnamurra River and whitewater destinations including the Shoalhaven and Deua Rivers.
The Southern Highlands boasts one of the Club’s favourite destinations, Lake Yarrunga in Kangaroo Valley—perfect for weekend camping trips at Bendeela and Fossickers Flat. Other highlights include the Shoalhaven and Wingecarribbee Rivers.
West of the Great Dividing Range, the Central West is the classic location for Club safaris along the Macquarie River and the world famous Macquarie Marshes wetlands. The inland rivers here flow northwest towards the Darling River and offer a wide array of wildlife. Another Club favourite here is Wollemi National Park and its wonderful Ganguddy-Dunns Swamp.
The Riverina includes the two classic river systems—the Murray and Murrumbidgee—and is the home of many classic Club safaris. In particular, we’ve been exploring these more recently as canoe-based adventures.
The Snowy River is the home base of our whitewater contingent. The cold, clean waters of the Snowy represent some of the finest whitewater anywhere in New South Wales.
In the Far West of New South Wales are the intermittent lakes and rivers of our otherwise dry outback. Surrounded by harsh desert, these magical locations come to life following heavy rains, creating special, transient waterways.
Australian Capital Territory
Canberra is home to an annual Club tradition—the Canberra Balloon Festival on Lake Burley Griffin. It’s also home to the upper stretches of the Murrumbidgee River, another great whitewater destination.
The world famous Queensland coastline needs no introduction. Paddling the Coral Sea around the Whitsunday Islands and Hinchinbrook Island are just some of our recent annual adventures north of the border.
Paddling the colder waters of the Southern Ocean around Tasmania has been a special highlight for some of our Club paddlers. The South West Tasmanian wilderness is one of the great Australian destinations.
Over the years, many Club paddlers have headed across the Tasman to the whitewater mecca of New Zealand.