Kayak Tours

Operating daily during school holidays and weekends from September 2017 until April 2018.

Guided kayak tours of Dunns Swamp depart every morning at 9:00am, 5:00pm on Friday evenings during daylight savings (and kayak hire is available daily).

Spaces on our kayak tours are limited and fill quickly, so please make a booking to avoid disappointment.

Internet access is limited, please call Cindy or John for bookings 0439 936 480, or book kayak tours online at Mudgee Region Tourism website.

Guided Kayak Tours at Dunns Swamp (Ganguddy) –

World Heritage listed Wollemi National Park: kayak tours Dunns swamp

Southern Cross Kayaking offer guided kayak tours at Dunns Swamp (Ganguddy), providing a great opportunity for locals and visitors to enjoy an on-water experience of the Cudgegong River in the Wollemi National Park. Join us for a tour of the area in stable kayaks as we provide an interesting commentary on the fascinating natural and cultural history of the area. From the long history of habitation of the Wiradjuri people, to the first European settlement, the notorious ‘lady bushranger’ and the incredible tale of the building of the weir that formed the waterway as it exists today, there are stories of interest to people of all ages. Located 3.5 hours from Sydney between Lithgow and Mudgee, do try to make the trip out or drop in on your way through to or from Sydney or the Blue Mountains.

Paddlers can expect to see a huge variety of bird species and wildlife as they glide along the river through picturesque woodlands and towering sandstone pagoda rock formations. No experience is necessary as we provide paddling instructions and all safety equipment.

Guided kayak tours, Dunns Swamp (Ganguddy)-

Duration: 2 hours, suitable for 12 years and over (or contact us to discuss younger people joining in)

Cost: $50 per person

Tour Dates-

Departing at 9:00 am daily – Weekends and school holidays September 2017 to April 2018 (inclusive).

Departing at 5:00 pm Fridays – Twilight Tours Friday evenings during daylight savings September 2017 to April 2018.

Contact us for details and bookings

How to get to Dunns Swamp (Ganguddy)-

Meeting place for the tour is beside the boat ramp in the Day use Picnic area at Ganguddy Campground. Southern Cross Kayaking and Dunns Swamp do appear on ‘Google Maps’, however not on all GPS car navigation systems, so please check before setting off, or follow these directions;

From Sydney, Blue Mountains and Bathurst, turn off Castlereagh Highway just past Ilford follow signs to Wollemi National Park via Angus Ave Kandos or travel 7km to Rylstone.

Travel time from Mudgee is approx 1hour 20mins. Travel via the Lue Rd, turn right onto Bylong Valley way and travel 4km to Rylstone.

From Rylstone, turn beside Rylstone Hospital (Fitzgerald St), and stay on this road, following the signs to Wollemi National Park.

Distance from Rylstone is 25kms and takes approximately 25 minutes. The last 8km is gravel road suitable for 2 wheel drive vehicles, but is narrow and winding in places, so please drive with care.

You will cross a cattle grid beside a small hut (this is the last place for phone reception), continue on another 3kms and turn left at the sign to Ganguddy Campground.

Upon entering the campground, continue straight ahead to the picnic area, Southern Cross Kayaking is located beside the boat ramp.

Southern Cross Kayak tours in Sydney:

Outside our dates at Ganguddy (Dunns Swamp) in the Wollemi National Park, we are available to guide you and your group on a tour of some of Sydney’s fantastic waterways. Some suggested itineraries appear below, so gather your group of 6 or more and contact us to book a date.

Guided kayak tours of Gibberagong (Cockle) Creek – Ku-ring-gai Chase National Parkkayak tours Gibberagong Creek

Suitable for paddlers 10 years and over,  our tour will depart from Bobbin Head and take us up tranquil Gibberagong (Cockle) Creek, traditional land of the Guringai aboriginal people, as we discuss the area’s great significance to them and the changes brought by European settlers including timber getters, florists, conservationists, boat builders, smugglers, escaped convicts and holiday makers. On the journey we can expect to see a wide array of flora, birds and fish, perhaps even a sea eagle.

Guided kayak tours – Gibberagong (Cockle) Creek, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Duration: 2 hours, suitable for 10 years and over – accompanied by an adult

Cost: $60 per person

Contact us for details and bookings


Guided kayak tours of Cowan Creek – Ku-ring-gai Chase National ParkKayak tours Ku-ring-gai

Australia’s second-oldest national park, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is located in Sydney’s north, allowing us to feel at one with nature without leaving the Sydney metropolitan area. A heritage-listed park, it combines important history with scenic beauty. Departing from Bobbin Head, our tour will take us up tranquil Cowan Creek, traditional land of the Guringai aboriginal people, as we discuss the area’s great significance to them and the changes brought by European settlers including timber getters, florists, conservationists, boat builders, smugglers, escaped convicts and holiday makers. Our kayak tour will take us along the winding creek past stunning sandstone walls to a sandy beach where we will enjoy a relaxed break and refreshments before our return paddle.

Guided kayak tours, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park-

Duration: 4 hours, suitable for 16 years and over

Cost: $100 per person

Contact us for details and bookings

Guided Kayak Tours – Lake Parramatta

Kayak tours Lake ParramattaOriginally a place of Aboriginal habitation by the Burramattagal clan, European occupation of the area included people engaging in the illicit production of spirits. In the 1800’s, the rocky and rugged area just to the north of Parramatta  was a haven for bushrangers, known as the ‘Northern Rocks’. As the population of Parramatta grew, so too did demand for drinking water and a solution was sought in the form of a dam on Hunts Creek.

On our kayak tour of Lake Parramatta, we will explore the lake and paddle up Hunts Creek as far as we are able into what is now known as North Rocks, as we discuss the fascinating history of the area, the building of the dam (what did the Romans have to do with it?) and how it became home to the largest inland freshwater lifesaving club in Australia.

Guided kayak tours, Lake Parramatta –

Duration: 2 hours, suitable for 10 years and over (accompanied by an adult)

Cost: $60 per person

Contact us for details and bookings

Guided Kayak Tours of Middle Harbour, Sydney – Garigal National ParkKayak tour Garigal

The name Garigal is taken from the clan of the Ku-ring-gai aboriginal tribe that lived in the area in times past. The Guringai people have been custodians of the land in Garigal National Park for thousands of years, as evidenced by extensive Aboriginal art sites throughout the Park. The first explorations of the area by Europeans occurred soon after the arrival of the First Fleet, spurred by Phillip’s search for ‘good land, well watered’.

Early European use of the area included fishing, shell fish collection, timber getting, farming and fruit growing. In 1879, the land surrounding Bantry Bay was set aside for public recreation purposes and became a popular destination for Sydney excursionists (with a dance hall, terraced picnic ground and dining room) before it’s eventual occupation as an explosives depot.

Choose from 2 guided kayak tour itineraries departing from Garigal National Park: either upstream to the peaceful harbour creeks to where Governor Phillip camped during his explorations or paddling downstream on the harbour to Bantry Bay. Both tour itineraries include a stop with delicious refreshments provided.

Guided kayak tours, Middle Harbour Sydney –

Duration: 3.5 hours, suitable for 16 years and over

Cost: $100 per person

Contact us for details and bookings


Guided kayak tours of Colo RiverKayak tour Colo River

Originally home of the Garug people, the beautiful Hawkesbury River area first attracted European attention when explored by Governor Phillip on his search for ‘good land, well watered’, with the first settlers arriving as early as 1800. Long before road access, the rivers were ‘highways’ with paddle steamers travelling as far as Windsor and boats servicing the region, bringing in supplies and shipping out produce to the Sydney markets. The district had 3 canneries in those early years! This paddle on the scenic Colo River will take us from it’s meeting point with the Hawkesbury River, site of the first land grants in the district, to explore upstream, discussing the fascinating history and characters of the area, with a stop to enjoy delicious refreshments before the return paddle. (Tour meeting point is approximately 1.5 hours from Sydney CBD.)

Guided kayak tours, Colo River –

Duration: 3.5 hours, suitable for 16 years and over

Cost: $100 per person

Tour Date- We don’t currently have a date scheduled for paddling the Colo, but would love to get out there with you and your group of 6 or more people – so get the gang together and talk to us about a private tour.

Contact us for details and bookings


Guided kayak tours Berowra – Calabash BayKayak tour Berowra Houses

From historic Berowra Waters, we’ll paddle downstream past scenic, water only access homes perched on the hillsides, to take advantage of the high tide to explore the picturesque creeks and mangrove forests of Calabash Bay and beyond. The clear, shallow creeks offer views of fish and rays darting below our kayaks as we travel, meandering at a leisurely pace, to an isolated hideaway to stop for refreshments and a leg stretch, before paddling back to our start point. Lots of history on the way and opportunities for bird and wildlife spotting.

Guided kayak tours, Berowra – Calabash Bay –

Duration: 3.5 hours, suitable for 16 years and over

Cost: $100 per person

Contact us for details and bookings


What’s to love about our kayak tours?

Expertise and professionalism of tour Guides:

Southern Cross Kayaking staff are qualified by Australian Canoeing, the peak National Industry body. Qualification requires extensive training and assessment and is followed up and reassessed on a regular basis. In order to maintain qualifications, guides and instructors must have current experience, keep updated on current techniques and industry best practice and hold current first aid qualifications.

Picturesque and interesting tour locations:

We have paddled in many areas and given a great deal of thought to where we conduct our kayak tours. We have chosen to conduct them in waterways that are relatively safe and are in areas of natural and historical significance.

Intimate Groups:

We choose to keep our kayak tour group numbers small to enable our guides to provide personalised service to participants, have a better chance to see wildlife and create a more intimate group experience.

Discovery of Sydney’s waterways for locals and visitors alike:

Our kayak tour itineraries are mostly within the Sydney Basin and aim to introduce people to some of the diverse and often little known waterways of the region.

Paddle itineraries designed for enjoyment:

We will paddle at a pace that suits the group and take rest breaks on the way. We’re out there for enjoyment, it is not a race, a marathon or a test of your endurance.

Tours available for all levels of experience:

Our kayak tour itineraries are tailored to suit inexperienced paddlers. Our pre-tour safety briefing and paddling instruction from an experienced instructor will give you the information you need to set off with confidence in your kayak and they will be on hand to offer tips or assistance as required for the duration of the tour.

If you are an experienced paddler and think you would like a more challenging itinerary, please feel free to contact us to discuss possible options. We can tailor an adventure to suit your needs.




What we will supply:

  • Experienced, qualified staff to provide a fun experience while taking your safety seriously.
  • Quality gear – stable kayak, made by our ‘bros’ at Mission Kayaking in New Zealand.
  • Lightweight touring paddle.
  • Australian standard certified PFD or Personal Flotation Device (that’s life vest in ‘oldspeak’) specifically designed for paddling comfort.
  • Dry bags for the personal items you can’t bear to leave behind.
  • Safety briefing and instruction on entering, exiting, paddling and stopping the kayak and what to do in the unlikely event of a capsize.
  • Outline of the tour itinerary and map of the route.
  • Informative commentary on the historical and natural significance of the area.


What you need to bring:

  • Any personal medication you require (eg: asthma spray, epi-pen).
  • Footware: needs to be able to get wet (well, it is a water sport after all!), stay on your feet in the water and provide protection for your feet, so no thongs, please!
  • Drinking water –  sufficient for the duration and forecast weather of the activity.
  • Protection from the elements –  sunscreen, hat, sunglasses (polarised lens give you better vision into the water). A strap or cord to attach hat and sunglasses to you or your PFD.
  • Clothing: ‘rashies’ or suitable clothing that provides protection from the sun and also warmth. Polyproplene ‘thermals’ are most suitable – keeping you warm whether wet or dry. Don’t wear cotton clothing: it wicks moisture when wet and you will quickly become cold.
  • A lightweight spray jacket will provide protection against rain and wind.
  • Your sense of fun and adventure!


Things to remember:

  • Electronic devices (including car keys) really don’t play well with water! While we do have dry bags for your gear, if something is dear to you and not essential in the kayak, it will be safest to leave it on dry land.
  • Glasses and sunglasses are expensive to replace, particularly when they contain prescription lenses. Attach a strap or chord to your glasses to keep them attached to you. Neoprene glasses straps hold glasses on your head and provide flotation if they do come off.
  • The 5 C’s: ‘Cold Cotton Can’t Come Canoeing’!
  • Please note that without suitable footware you won’t be able to join a Southern Cross Kayaking activity.
  • For your safety and everyone else’s, you will not be permitted to join a Southern Cross Kayaking activity if under the influence of alcohol or drugs.