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Canoeing at sunset.
Canoeing at sunset.

Mild to Wild

Thursday, May 9, 2002
Sorrel takes a wonderfully peaceful canoe ride on the Shoalhaven River — you'll feel like you've got the whole river to yourself.

The Canoe Federation has documented the Shoalhaven River as offering the finest flat water canoe experience in Australia. Another great thing in its favour is you will probably see only one or two other canoeists, so you feel you have this wonderful river all to yourself.

Ross Muller and Jack Oakford own and run Mild to Wild Adventures and are the only people to offer guided canoe trips along the Shoalhaven. They also specialise in mountain biking, canyoning and rock climbing. Jack describes canoeing as a lazy man's gourmet style of bushwalking. You don't need to carry your gear, there are no aches and pains at the end of the day and you enjoy a gourmet lunch with wine along the way.

Imagine just gliding through majestic scenery, along gorges made by steep cliffs, and exploring little tributaries. The Shoalhaven was once a major gold producing river with paddle steamers racing along with cargoes of anything from butter to freshly-hewn cedar. There are a number of reefs which still produce specks of gold, so a spot of panning might pay off.

Mild to Wild has graded the river for their trips, meaning they are able to offer outings for beginners as well as experienced paddlers.

Guests are picked up in a mini-bus in Berry and taken on a 30 minute drive through the beautiful Kangaroo Valley. Upon arrival at the water's edge, you are given instructions as to how to get in and out of the canoe, what to do should you capsize and how to keep in a straight line. Zig-zagging is slow and frustrating and can take the fun out of your day. It also needlessly uses a lot of precious energy.

You will paddle past old pioneer farms and through Morton National Park, leaving behind the daily stresses of city living.

After about two-and-half hours you arrive at Fossickers Flat where you set up camp for the night. There are no vehicle access points, so you are really in the wilderness. You can help set up the three-man tents, or have a wander or swim before dinner.

Mild to Wild has carried the Berry theme of gourmet food through to their trips. There's no eating out of cans with a fork here!

When there is a full moon, Mild to Wild has special moonlight supper trips.

A guide, camping equipment, transport and all meals are included. You just need to take a sleeping bag, pillow and sunscreen.


Berry, two hours south of Sydney.


Mild to Wild Adventures have two-day tours for five people starting at $250 per person. All gear and gourmet meals are included. They operate on weekends from September to May.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Mild to Wild Adventures
Suite 3, 84 Queen Street, Berry 2535
Ph: (02) 4464 2211
Fax: (02) 4464 3311

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