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Canoe and kayak trails

Female canoeist

A canoe or kayak trip down one of NSW's inland rivers enables you to enjoy the true beauty of our vast river systems. The Crown land offers canoe & kayak trail map kits that detail some of the best canoeing regions NSW has to offer. Below is a list of the trails and maps on offer. You can download a PDF version of the map or order a map kit from shop.nsw.

Hawkesbury-Nepean River System Canoe & Kayak Trail (PDF map 5.8MB)

There are three paddling adventures in this map kit: the Nepean River, Colo River and Hawkesbury River. With numerous sections and tributaries well-suited to recreational canoeing and kayaking, each river has its own characteristics to explore.

Note: The Colo River Holiday Park on Map 1-2 is a private Holiday Park owned and operated by private members only. Accommodation is not availalbe and public entry or use of their facilities is not permitted. Camping on the sandy beach is not permitted as it is private property above the high tide water level. Please respect the rights of Colo River Holiday Park members at this location.

Tumut River Canoe & Kayak Trail (PDF map 4.3MB)

The Tumut River is a major tributary of the Murrumbidgee River, which, with the Murray and Darling Rivers, drains the huge Murray Darling basin.

The Tumut River Canoe and Kayak Trail starts underneath the Blowering Dam wall, and follows the river to its junction with the Murrumbidgee River just up stream of Gundagai. During summer months there is a regular flow from the Blowering Dam, and the picturesque rural landscape in this area makes the Tumut River an enjoyable canoe trip.

Murrumbidgee River Canoe & Kayak Trail (PDF map 5.4MB)

The Murrumbidgee River Canoe Trail starts at Nanangroe Reserve, near Bookham, and follows the river 230 kms downstream to Wagga Wagga.

Releases of water from the Burrinjuck Dam provide excellent conditions during the summer months, and riverside reserves provide both easy river access and relaxing camping spots.

Macquarie River Canoe & Kayak Trail (PDF map 6.5MB)Kayakers getting ready

Starting at Wellington, the six day Macquarie River Canoe Trail travels 150 kms to Narromine and winds its way through areas lined with huge old river red gums, providing habitat for a vast range of birds and animals with some being quite rare or unique to the area.

Good water flows from the Burrendong Dam provide excellent conditions during the summer months, and riverside reserves provide easy river access and relaxing camping spots.