Paddle your own canoe
Trip Start Aug 09, 2011
143Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
Lawn Hill National Park Campground
We got a 3 seater and a 2 seater and Ron and Ann got a 2 seater. Chloe and I were in the 2 seater and the three boys were together. Luke had been saying that he didn’t want to do the canoe trip until he got a paddle in his hands and then he was suddenly all enthusiastic. The gorge is increadibly beautiful and going up in a canoe is the best way to see it. We hadn’t gone too far when we saw a big freshwater croc sunning itself on a rock. We expected it to jump into the water but it stayed put while we canoed past. It is a bit disconcerting to think that they are in there while we are swimming!
We paddled up to the falls and then had to haul the canoes out of the water and drag them along a path for a few hundred metres and then back into the water to get around the falls. It was really hard work – they are very heavy! We then did the second part of the gorge and found a lovely area to have lunch (except that the ground next to the water was literally crawling with baby cane toads). We all had lunch and then travelled a bit further until our way was blocked by some rapids.
For the return journey I had the 3 man canoe with Luke and Chloe. It was harder work going back – we thought we would just float back, but there was a headwind. My back, neck, arms and hands were getting really sore but Luke kept me going by acting as our tour guide and giving us a running commentary of the scenery. He loved the canoe in the end!
When we got back we had another swim and then we had drinks with Ron and Ann again.
(These photos were all taken by Ann who kindly let me copy her pictures as we were not game to take our camera with us!)