EXPLORE: National Parks and Wildlife is once again offering guided canoe tours this summer.
EXPLORE: National Parks and Wildlife is once again offering guided canoe tours this summer. Contributed

Take a tour up the creek with paddle power

HAVE you ever seen the Coffs Coast from the air?

Gazing down over the landscape below you might have been struck by the beautifully glittering waters of numerous coastal creeks and rivers which snake across the coastal plains.

What better way to explore this wonderful resource than by seeing it from the waterways which characterise our coast.

Over summer the National Parks and Wildlife Service Discovery team is again offering locals and visitors the opportunity to enjoy half-day ranger-guided canoeing tours along the coast with the Canoe the Coast Series.

Ranger-guided canoe tours for four creeks and estuaries between Bongil Bongil National Park in the south and Red Rock to the north are now open for booking. Aboriginal Discovery ranger and local Gumbaynggirr Elder Mark Flanders said last year's canoe tours were so popular some were run three times in a row.

"People just love getting out on the water and safely enjoying the quiet, unspoilt nature of our local creeks and estuaries," Mark said.

The NPWS Canoe the Coast Series starts with Coffs Creek on Saturday.

Next up is Bonville Creek on Saturday, January 17, then Moonee Creek on Saturday, January 24 and finally Corindi River on Saturday, February 21.

"We provide the canoes, all the safety gear, show you the amazing wildlife and we'll even give you a tow with the electric motor if you get tired on the paddle back," Mark said.

"I look forward to sharing with you some of the rich Aboriginal cultural values of these beautiful waterways - we might even find some tasty bush tucker along the way."


Bookings can be made by phoning the Discovery co-ordinator on 6657 5935 or the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre on 6657 5913. Costs for the Canoe the Coast Series are $30 adults, $15 children and $90 family.

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