Enjoy the excitement and exhilaration of canoeing on the Yarra River and abseiling on this one day adventure a short distance from Melbourne CBD.
The Paddle & Abseil Adventure Experience on the Yarra River is an action packed full day of kayaking on Grade 1 & 2 white water and abseiling from a 10m cliff. (As seen on TV’s “Go for Your Life” program Jan 2008) After a safety brief, it’s time to hit the river and embark on a 1.5hr journey through some of the most scenic sections of the Yarra Valley River. On the first flat-water section of the river you will learn how to steer the boats. This prepares you for the rapids that lie ahead.
The Yarra meanders through bushland of the Yarra Valley. During the day there is the possibility of seeing a range of wildlife on the river banks including Kangaroo’s, wallabies, echidna or a Koala. Sometimes we have even seen wildlife in the river including platypus, eels and there are always many water birds. Before tackling the next part of your adventure, you will dry off and have a picnic lunch. Lunch will be in a picnic area close to the river or at the abseil site.
Then it's onto the cliffs which have an intimidating edge. Steady your nerves as you back off the edge of a 10m-12m abseil – approximately 2 storeys high. You can expect your day to finish at approximately 4.00pm and then return to the station or home in your own vehicle.
Week day bookings are available for groups of four or more
ITINERARY - Please note that sometimes we swap the order and run the abseil first and the paddle in the afternoon - depending on weather or client bookings. Also, the abseiling component of this tour is subject to weather conditions and the paddling is not run if the river is in flood.
CAMERAS - There are excellent photo opportunities. We suggest purchasing a waterproof disposable camera in either a wide angle or standard lens with a flash and attach it to yourself or your pack for easy access.
VALUABLES - You will be out of sight of the vehicle for the majority of the day, so we strongly advise that you bring only what you can carry on the trip. Be sure to leave any non-essential valuables at home (jewellery / money / purses / wallets). Jewellery worn, in particular rings and bracelets do tend to get in the way when paddling and are better left at home. You leave valuables in the vehicle at your own risk.
RECENTLY INJURED - People with previous or existing muscular/joint/ bone injuries should be aware that sitting in the boats for long periods, strenuous walking and scrambling is involved, they should wear the appropriate support bandages.
WEATHER - Please note that new "Fire Danger Ratings" are now in place for Victoria. All tours will be subject to suitable weather and fire safety conditions as advised by relevant authorities. This may mean tours are postponed at short notice as Total Fire Ban Days are not declared until late afternoon on the day prior. This is beyond the tour operator's control, and we appreciate your understanding.
Kayakaze were amazing to deal with. It is rare to find a company with such exceptional customer service. The instructions were clear, the emails were prompt and the communication was friendly and helpful. On the day our guide was amazing, ensuring our day went perfectly. They even dealt with our change of dates with the minimum of fuss. Our experience was a pleasure from start to finish. Thank you
This trip was awesome! The staff were kind, helpful and clear with instructions. The day was well organised and very enjoyable!!!
Enjoyable day had by my family, and nice to guides to spend day with. I feel we accomplished family togetherness in a really nice way. A cliche I know but a family who plays together stays together!
A beautifully, relaxing, fun filled day with fantastic instructors. Highly recommended!!!
The communication and information before and after our purchase was thorough and gave us confidence. Our tour guide ,Charlie, was very informative, positive, encouraging and patient. The boys had a terrific time and expecially loved the adrenalin of the abseiling!
Thanks for a terrific day - our guides were fantastic and made everything 'too easy' Certainly has inspired me to want more Cheers Val
very good experience! i would highly recommend this website to others and i would definitely return to this for more adventures!
We really had a good time and Ryan was an awesome guide. Thank you very much. Ilse
Kayaking on the Yarra was thoroughly enjoyable, and the small rapids were enough to whet my appetite to try some larger ones in the future. It was my first time abseiling and, once over the edge, the jelly legs disappeared and I found myself reaching the bottom wishing there was more to go. I have already recommended the activity to several others.