We headed off to Dunns Swamp for a kayak adventure.  We were guided by two well informed local guides who educated us on the aboriginal history of the region and the creation of the waterway that we were floating on.  The area has large limestone deposits and was developed into the cement centre for building Australia in the early 1900’s.  Up until the area was developed Australia relied upon cement from Europe.  The area needed a reliable water source to truly set itself up as a cement centre to build Sydney.  Therefore, a dam was required.  A group of workers set about creating and building what is still in operation today.The water way was so beautiful and serene. Awesome!

‘Tour de Roo’ International Cycle Tour Group
Ganguddy (Dunns Swamp) – March 2016

Masterfully set up as this is a moveable business, Southern Cross Kayaking Ganguddy operation is unique to Central NSW and provides visitors and locals with a great opportunity to try a new activity/exercise and to view a beautiful part of the country from a different angle.

The guided tour is very well planned out and researched so that guests learn many different aspects of the Dunns Swamp area – Aboriginal and European history, about the dam wall construction and the life style of those who constructed it, the wildlife and nature, waterways and water safety.

Site Inspection Judge – Inland Tourism Awards NSW
Ganguddy (Dunns Swamp) – June 2015


We enjoyed our paddle with you very much. It was great learning something about the history of the area and we’re looking forward to joining some of your other events in the future.

Michael – Blackheath NSW
Lake Parramatta Tour – May 2015


The best Christmas present ever!

Kevin – Gulgong NSW
Ganguddy Tour – April 2015


The sights and scenery were amazing and seeing the wildlife was fascinating. Cindy is very knowledgable about the area and the information was very interesting.

Amelia – Booragal NSW
Ganguddy Tour -January 2015


Dear Cindy and John,

Just wanted to thank you both again for making our first kayaking experience an exciting one. We had a lot of fun and would like to try it again with our children. Will get in touch when we decide to go ahead with our next tour.

Lin – Prospect NSW
Middle Harbour Tour – December 2014


Cindy, John – thanks a lot for the fantastic paddle on Saturday…the group had great fun and were all very impressed with how organised you guys were (especially morning tea!) and how relaxing it was. Much appreciated.

Dr Bill Phillips, CEO
RiverSmart Australia and Macquarie River Trails
Colo River Tour – November 2014


Thank you for a wonderful afternoon for our family. We loved it and will be back. I will certainly be recommending your company for a great day out in the great outdoors.

Jan Hill – Mudgee Wine & Country Tours
Ganguddy – April 2014


I really liked the historic stories because I like to hear what amazing things that people did.

Tayissa – Sydney (Age 7)
Ganguddy – April 2014


This is by far one of the most peaceful places I have seen – a slow paddle is absolutely the best way to see all this. Having Cindy along and share her knowledge of the area was wonderful. She is a great ambassador for the site and allowed me to know what I was looking at.

Cindy and John are Great! Thank you so much guys.

Cherie – Mudgee
Ganguddy – March 2013


Dear John & Cindy,
Day Trip on the Hawkesbury
Mark and I would like to thank you for the great day we spent on the Hawkesbury River with Southern Cross Kayaking. We really appreciated how organised and friendly you were, the quality of your equipment and your knowledge of both kayaking as well as the history of the area where we paddled. We will definitely be recommending you to our friends as well as booking in for another trip with you soon.

Thanks again.

George – Coogee NSW
November 2012


Cindy and John are excellent instructors and expedition leaders, able to impart knowledge and confidence in one’s own ability.

Lorraine – Baulkham Hills, NSW
December 2012


Back in 2006 I booked myself on a paddling expedition around the Antarctic Peninsula.  I had limited paddling experience and the day before I was due to leave I decided it would be beneficial to have a lesson to brush up on my somewhat rusty paddling skills.

Cindy and John were awesome! They were super friendly, knowledgeable, patient and professional.  In the short time I had available they were able to teach me various skills including; forward and back paddling, turning, low support and self-rescue. My confidence and skill level improved dramatically and by the end of the session I felt much better prepared for what lay ahead on my epic trip.

Thanks to both of them my trip to Antarctica was an unbelievably amazing experience (difficult to describe with mere words) which in turn led to a growing passion for paddling and the purchase of my own boat.

I have since returned to the Antarctic Peninsula and also to Spitsbergen (Norway) and Greenland for further incredible paddling experiences as well as paddling various waterways in Australia and South America.

N. Johnson – Gosford NSW


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