Tuesday – Wednesday 22-23 October – H. Paddle on Tallowa Dam to Bundanoon Creek. Leader: Mike B.
A similar paddle on 13-14 May 19, except that was up the Shoalhaven River.
Distance: 26.6km | Time: 2 days including driving | Grading: M-H paddle for me.
Photographs are available, where you can start a large sized slideshow. Sorry about all the green bows – I’ll have to raise the GoPro.
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A drive via the Federal, Hume and Illawarra Highways to Moss Vale, then Nowra Rd, Moss Vale Rd down Barrengarry Mountain to Kangaroo Valley for morning tea. Mount Scanzi Rd and Tallowa Dam Rd to the launching area.
A big adventure canoe group getting ready, so we had a chat to see where they were planning to go. We loaded our boats and set off up the Kangaroo River.
We saw the NSWPWS camp site at the junction of Kangaroo River and Bundanoon Creek, but decided to paddle on up Bundanoon Creek.
The creek eventually narrowed.
The end of water was reached after 4.3km.
We backed off a little and pulled in for lunch on a sandy island.
Cliff lines towered above us.
Paddling back down, we took a left into Sandy Creek.
Paddled up it, passing a sand bar, then the end of water.
Returned down Sandy Creek.
Back out into Bundanoon Creek, we paddled on back to the camp site.
A surprise greeted us, a flotilla of a third of the adventure group planned to camp at the same place!
But they were very well behaved, even doing an emu bob the next morning.
We set up camp and enjoyed leisurely pre-dinneries and tea. Late to bed for me, must have been around 8pm. Mike set up his tripod and got some magnificent shots at 2am.
Up and breakfasted after a mild night, we packed up to various stages, then hit the water to paddle further up Kangaroo River.
We had a peak around the corner opposite Beehive Point.
Then decided to paddle south up the short arm opposite it.
Returned north back to the Kangaroo River and headed back to the camp site.
Packed and loaded after morning tea. A local saw us off.
Paddled back and loaded the cars.
A coffee and lunch in Bundanoon on the way back. A photo comp was on display in the cafe and we spotted an entry by Sandy B. So we thought it would be funny if we ran into Ian S – he walked by ten minutes later and we had a great catch up.
Terrific trip thanks Mike and Max!
3 paddlers – Mike B (leader), Max S, me.