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Sorrel starts off nice and steady.
Sorrel starts off nice and steady.
Check out these rapids.

Barrington Kayaks

Thursday, May 17, 2001
It's exhilarating, thrilling, a tad adventurous and you don't have to be experienced to hit these rapids - as Sorrel finds out.

Because it has a catchment area fed by many rivers that keep the water level consistent, the Barrington River, in the World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops, is perfect for kayaking year round. The region is classified as sub-alpine. Besides being unpolluted, the river is good for beginners as well as experienced paddlers.

Brian Kilby was born in Barrington and runs Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre. He has years of kayaking experience under his belt and just loves to take people through this beautiful, clean wilderness with its diverse scenery and wildlife. The unique ecosystem has Antarctic beech tree forests, snow gums and subtropical rainforest. Half of all plant species, and more than a third of mammals and birds found in Australia, live in this part of the country.

The forests are a link with Gondwanaland, the super-continent that dominated the Southern Hemisphere some 120 million years ago. More recently, in the 1800s, the area was the territory of Fred "Thunderbolt" Ward, a bushranger who held the dubious honour of committing more crimes than any other person during the first 100 years of European settlement. In the late 1800s gold was discovered and over 70 mines were established in the area. While none exist now, some still believe there is gold in the ground.

You can choose one- or two-day trips through this historic area, or you can be really adventurous and take a tour blending kayaking and mountain biking.

All you need to take along is your toothbrush, some old shoes, a sleeping bag and a sense of fun. They supply all the latest equipment, wetsuits and food.

The one-day kayak trip starts at Binderra and finishes 11 kilometres later at Rocky Crossing, with a stop for lunch along the way.

The two-day trip takes you higher up the Barrington River and is more challenging. You will cover 23 kilometres, which includes the challenge of a triple waterfall called The Steps. You spend the night in a private campground beside the river, and the 4WD vehicles, which follow your trail, carry supplies for a campfire dinner and country breakfast.


Three hours north of Sydney.


Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre one-day kayak tours start at $108 per person including guide, transfers, equipment and lunch. They operate year round.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre
126 Thunderbolts Way
Gloucester NSW 2422

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