Self-guided Canoe Hire

Discover the Canoeing Capital of Australia in a time tested paddle craft
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Why Hire From Valley Outdoors?

At Valley Outdoors, we blend youthful energy with decades of industry expertise. Our team comprises of seasoned guides, each with a wealth of experience navigating the waters and facilitating memorable adventures for our clients. 

Stemming from the reputable Paddle and Portage Canoes, Australia's sole canoe specialist store, we pride ourselves on offering the highest quality hire canoes in the country. With our exclusive Kevlar fleet and top-tier traditional plastic canoes, we ensure unparalleled performance and safety for your canoeing escapades.

Decades of experience and river knowledge
Australia's only ultralight and performance canoe hire fleet

Why Canoes?

Canoes offer unmatched stability, comfort, and versatility. Since 2011, we've been debunking the myth of slow and cumbersome canoes with our premium range of canoes from Canada, USA, and the UK. 

Canoeing combines the convenience of car camping with the gratification of self-propelled exploration. Immerse yourself in nature's embrace, fostering mindfulness and a profound connection with the environment.


Day Trips:

1. Bendeela Flat Water Wildlife Canoe Hire

Departing from Bendeela Recreation Area, float on a beautiful flat water, self-guided paddle on the Kangaroo River. This section of the river is known to have a high density of wildlife including kangaroos, wombats, azure kingfishers, sea eagles, echidna and more. At up to 6km return, this is a perfect way to get out on the water for the morning or afternoon. You can choose to paddle anywhere from 2 hours through to 4 with ease. Make sure you take the time to stop and soak in the area around you and enjoy your time connecting with nature.

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Bedneela Canoe Hire

2. Tallowa Dam Sunken Forest Exploration Canoe Hire

Explore the junction of the Kangaroo and Shoalhaven Rivers against the stunning backdrop of sandstone cliffs. Travel to one of the valley’s sunken forests for a picnic and some peace and tranquility. This is one of Kangaroo Valley's most scenic and remote locations, easily accessible in a single day. 

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3. Beehive Point to Bendeela Recreation Area Full Day Paddle

Feeling a little bit more adventurous? See a generous portion of the Kangaroo River arm of Lake Yarrunga as you glide through the waterway in one of our ultralight touring canoes. Your journey starts at Beehive Point in the famous Morton National Park and finishes as you re-emerge from the wilderness at Bendeela Recreation Area. At 14kms in length, this makes for an excellent, and achievable, remote day-trip.

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For the Multi-Day Adventurer:

1. Shoalhaven Gorge Multi-day Self-Guided Canoe Hire

Paddlers from all over the world come to paddle up the famous Shoalhaven Gorge. As one of Australia’s most untouched and remote flat water overnight paddling destinations, there is no better place to explore via paddle craft. Using a canoe, you can bring all of the things you need plus all of the things that you want, to escape to the wilderness in comfort and see all that The Canoeing Capital of Australia has to offer. If you have the time, we recommend adding an extra day to explore sections of the gorge on foot and see if you can find some of its many hidden waterfalls and swimming holes.

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View of the Shoalhaven Gorge

2. Bendeela to Tallowa Dam Multi-day Self-Guided Canoe Hire

If you prefer a point to point trip, this is for you. This 2-3 day paddle provides ever-changing views as you make your way from Bendeela Recreation Area into the Morton National Park via the Kangaroo River. The main stretch of river is 21 km from end to end but with an additional 21 km of exploration available through side journeys, with hidden gems spread throughout. With close to 20 campsites along the way you can choose to cover as much ground as possible for maximum exploration, or, take your time and soak up the atmosphere.

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Bendeela to Tallowa Dam - Image from Beehive Point

Commercial Fleet Hire

We have a great relationship with the outdoor education industry through years of guiding and commercial sales of canoe fleets. Because of this, we offer complete fleet hire.  If you are a school or outdoor business we're here to assist you with your program and any equipment or logistical needs.

We offer canoe and trailer take-away hire (even to other venues) as well as delivery and pick up within Kangaroo Valley. On top of this, we can assist with trip planning, logistics, car shuffles and much more. Contact us today to discuss options and pricing.

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Want to paddle Hampden Bridge to Bendeela?

As qualified whitewater instructors, we know that this section of the Kangaroo River can contain powerful currents and confusing conditions.  

As such, we offer a guided canoeing experience for those wanting to take on this adventure. Bridge to Bendeela is a great location for beginners to be able to learn about paddling in flowing water and reading a river in a safe and supported environment. Valley Outdoors supplies correct safety equipment for paddlers as well as a qualified guide with safety and rescue equipment.

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Bridge to Bendeela Paddle


These guys are so passionate about their offerings and have lots of in-depth local knowledge of the waterways. They will do everything to ensure you have a comfortable, enjoyable time on the water. They are such lovely people, running fantastic experiences. Would give more than 5 stars if possible.
"Divine slow time. Recommend Sarah & Travis' exceptional organisation & guiding skills. Such delightful people!"
“What a wonderful time we had, thank you so much for pulling this off for us last minute."
"Dylan and Travis were absolutely awesome. We had the big canoe for a tourism corporate event. Excellent quality time in nature, very serene, beautiful river beaches, highly recommend!"
"Just had an incredible day with Valley Outdoors' one-on-one canoe instruction—unbelievably valuable skills learned. Surpassed expectations & now feel confidently independent for solo trips. Highly recommend their instruction—just go for it! No regrets."
"Joined a guided bush walk near Belmore Falls, offering a unique and less-traveled path with stunning Australian flora, three waterfalls, and abundant wildlife. A thrilling experience as a local tourist, with expert guidance making it a must-do in the Highlands. Kudos to our fantastic guide and host!"
"Valley Outdoors deserves a perfect 10-star rating! Their expertise, passion, and thorough advice, especially from Dan, made our remote camping expedition on Shoalhaven & Kangaroo Rivers seamless, stress-free, and truly enjoyable!"
"Grateful to Valley Outdoors for the chance to canoe in a stunning hidden gem. Fantastic staff with impressive paddling skills. Eager to return, explore more, & eventually master the art—especially keen on an overnight stay at the camping spots!"

Acknowledgement of Country

We respectfully acknowledge the Wodi Wodi People, of the Dharawal language constellation, as the traditional custodians of the Gangagruwan/Kangaroo Valley in which we live and work. We recognise the continuing connection to lands, waters, and communities and we pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders both past, present and emerging.
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