All canoe adventure tours begin with a scenic journey by boat through Nitmiluk's first gorge before canoeists take to the waters to explore the second gorge and beyond. Tours are self guided and participants are required to carry their canoes between gorges should they wish to go further than the second gorge. All guests are asked to be at the jetty 30 minutes prior to departure.
This is a great way to explore the Nitmiluk Gorges according to your own itinerary and fitness level. Take in the diversity of the landscapes and habitats as you paddle your way through the gorges, a visual treat for any nature lover. Experienced canoeists will make it to the end of the 4th and 5th gorges, where there is Indigenous rock art and a picnic spot perfect for lunch or a refreshing swim.
PLEASE NOTE: Please ensure that you are sun smart and wear a shirt, hat and sunscreen, and wear mosquito repellent to protect yourself. Take along plenty of water and keep personal belongings to a minimum. Please be mindful that the river levels do decrease over the course of the Dry Season, therefore portages may be longer than anticipated. Full day canoeists may travel as far as their fitness levels allow, provided they return within their allocated time. A moderate level of fitness is recommended to participate. Weight of canoes are 18kgs for single hire and 26kgs for double hire.
SEASONAL*: During the months of approximately December – May, canoe hire does not operate for safety reasons, due to poor weather and perilous river conditions. The canoeing season will recommence once Parks and Wildlife have completed their annual safety and crocodile survey. For further information please speak to our reservations team.
CASH DEPOSIT: A $50.00 refundable cash deposit or pre-authorisation per canoe on the day is required at the start of your session. This can be done either on the morning at the Nitmiluk Canoe Shed ( near Main Jetty), or the day prior at any Nitmiluk Kiosk - Visitors Centre, Cicada Lodge (for in-house guests), or the Jatti Poolside Bistro. Cash deposits are refunded once you have returned no later than your allocated time and with no damage to Nitmiluk property. Pre-auhorisation will aytomatically release after 7 days
AGE RESTRICTIONS: Children under the age of 5 years are not permitted to canoe due to safety regulations. Children aged between the ages of 6 – 12 years MUST be accompanied by an adult in a double canoe.