Canoe or kayak the Katherine River past paperbark and pandanus forest and through the dramatic sandstone walls of Katherine Gorge. Do a day trip or glide through all of the eight interconnecting gorges on an overnight trek. Travel with an Aboriginal guide and learn about the area’s significance to the traditional Jawoyn owners. Camp on white beaches on the river’s edge. See a wild diversity of birds, iridescent butterflies, crocodiles and fish. True canoe enthusiasts can spend six days paddling to the upper reaches of the Daly River. In Flora River Nature Park, south-west of Katherine, you can canoe through calm waterways past tufa dams and dense riverine vegetation.
Australian Capital Territory
Paddle around Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin on a canoe, kayak or hydro bike. Float from Commonwealth Place past the Captain Cook Memorial and groomed parklands. Spot black swans and other birds in the Kingston Harbour wetlands. You can even kayak across Lake Burley Griffin to the Molonglo River on a food and wine tour. Savour regional foods while looking back over the vineyards to Canberra’s iconic cultural buildings. From Canberra, you can canoe the quiet, bush-bordered waters of Googong Foreshores, which sits south of Queanbeyan. Sail past Limestone Bridge Arch, the limestone remains deposited by an ocean floor 420 million years ago.