Australia Day Weekend Goolang trip

An Australia Day whitewater weekend is planned at Goolang (near Grafton in NSW).


Goolang creek is a great place to develop your skills in a kayak (particularly for moving water).
This weekend is for people of all skill levels to get out and play or
learn. Some more experienced club members will help you learn the skills needed to paddle whitewater safely. We will camp
right next to the river.

It has about two kilometres of rapids (grades 1-3). There are many grade 2 rapids (the little rapid at Wivenhoe is grade 2), with access along the creek at all points (so any rapid can be avoided). There is one optional grade 3 rapid in the middle (only for those with sufficient skill).

Goolang Creek is 35 kms west of Grafton. It is about a 4-5 hour trip each way from Brisbane.

Prior bookings are essential

We will be based at the Nymboida Canoe Centre situated next to Goolang Creek and rates are $8/night per adult and $6/night per child. The camp site’s facilities boasts hot showers, flushing toilets, shelters, benches, and clean tap water for those who have never been down that way. We plan to be there from the morning of Sat 26th Jan until the afternoon of Mon 28th Jan. We are hoping to get down the Nymboida River on Sun 27th Jan subject to numbers. Should be a good weekend with plenty of action. Water flows are looking very promising over the coming weeks. If anyone has any further questions about the weekend fell free to ask.

Date: Sat 26th January to Monday 28th January 2013
Duration: 3 days
Destination: Goolang creek
Paddle type: Whitewater kayaking

Cost: $10/day wear and tear charge for boat use, $8 for camping and about ?$40/50 for petrol (~1000 km round trip)
Meet: at the boat shed. Departure times depend on which cars you are going in. Consult with Niall and drivers by email. Most people will leave on Friday 25th January.
Return: depart Goolang around lunch time on Monday.
Contact: Niall – whitewater representative

Things you’ll need –

  • The water will be cold, and you will get wet (i.e. swimming). Bring swimming clothing that will keep you warm (eg thermals or wetsuit). Avoid wearing cotton as it will not be effective in keeping you warm when you are wet. Also bring a towel and a dry change of warm clothing for afterwards.
  • Footwear that can get wet (not thongs).
  • Normal camping clothing (don’t forget the jumper).
  • Camping gear – the club has some gear (tents, stoves, sleeping mats, bags), so let me know what you need, and we can arrange it. Torch
  • Food – you will be doing plenty of exercise, so bring plenty of food. If you can get into small groups for cooking, it may be easier
  • Sunscreen, Insect repellent (the bugs can be vicious), Water bottle (but you don’t need water)

If you can drive, and take passengers, or take boats (ie have roof racks), please contact Breck with how many passengers (excluding you), you have room for.

If you have a medical condition, allergy or something else that you think Breck should know about, please let him know.

Pictures: available off-site