Dan Rice

Superpower

Consistently making the same bad face for every photo

Specialties

Canoeing, Remote hiking, Abseiling

Dan Rice

Superpower

Consistently making the same bad face for every photo

Specialties

Canoeing, Remote hiking, Abseiling

I initially started this work thinking it would be great to take people in the outdoors and enjoy the ride, myself.

As my experience in the outdoors with groups grew, I quickly came to realise the profound impact that time in the wilderness could have on myself and those that were under my care. The simplicity of the journey, working together as a group to overcome obstacles, the personal understanding that is gained from pushing yourself physically and mentally as well as the pure beauty of the world around us often would change people’s perspectives on many things in life.

10 years later, I am constantly learning more about myself and people as well as developing more and more skills that I would never have known possible when I first signed up to become a trainee.

I first started guiding straight out of high school and entered a traineeship to get my Certificate 3 and 4 in Outdoor Education/Recreation. From there I spent some time working for a few different companies in the Outdoor Education industry. This had me doing activities from backcountry skiing, remote off-track hiking, canoeing, caving, abseiling and a range of soft skill activities that often focused on team building, self-management, and of course fun.

I then went on to become the Outdoor Education Manager at Boomerang Adventures as well as Head Guide. This allowed me to travel a lot whilst running the Duke of Edinburgh program with students in amazing locations such as the South Island of New Zealand, Central Australia, and Kakadu National Park.

Upon leaving my career at Boomerang I joined Travis to help build and grow Valley Outdoors as well as help with Paddle & Portage Canoes. This allowed me to fuel my gear and paddling addiction which is growing more with each day.

What others say

Thank you Valley Outdoors for allowing us the opportunity to canoe, exploring such a stunning place. It was amazing and such a hidden gem! The staff were fantastic, and I admired their paddling skills! I hope I can master it one day! I’d love to come back again and explore more, especially stay overnight at one of the camping spots.

Mel
Mel

What a wonderful time we had, thankyou so much for pulling this off for us last minute. The staff were great, very entertaining and helpful to our terrible paddle styles. We had a Blast!

Demi
Demi

I have just completed a day of one-on-one canoe instruction with Valley Outdoors and I cannot even begin to describe how valuable the skills that I learned are!  I learnt things that I didn’t even know were possible and I feel so much more confident and capable in my skills now.  The day was aimed at me becoming independent and confident so that I can go on my own trips and I certainly feel like that was achieved.  If you’re thinking about getting some instruction from these guys, just do it!  You won’t regret it. 

Dan
Dan

We hadn't done anything like the Canoes, Cool Climate Wines, and Canapes Experience before, but I cannot imagine anyone doing a better job of preparing and provisioning this type of activity. Everything important for the enjoyment and comfort of the group we were part of (12 adults and one youngster between three pairs of canoes) was taken into account, and the guides, Travis and Dan, were excellent. Our fellow paddlers, who we hadn't met before, were a very nice couple, and we all got on very well. It was certainly not difficult, paddling ourselves: we were blessed with a glorious day and had the breeze behind us on the forward journey. Although this meant we were paddling into the breeze on the way back, it was refreshing, and very welcome. Our guides pointed out various interesting geographical and historical sites along the way and looked after us all extremely well. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this outing, it was fabulous!

Bron
Bron

I have always enjoyed the opportunity to see a country for what it really is and there is no better way to do this than with a guided experience. You get the inside track and expert advice and knowledge. Recently I joined the team for a bush walk along the path to area around Belmore Falls. It was spectacular. The path is not well trodden, in fact it is mildly challenging, with not one other person in sight. Gorgeous Australian flora and fauna as well as three waterfalls and a myriad of wildlife. As a tourist in my own state I found it very exciting to know that I had done something few others have and our guide and host were both fantastic. For the Highlands this experience is a must.

Tasch
Tasch

For this American family, the Wilderness Walk was a highlight of our Australian experience! My husband and I, along with our daughter and two grandchildren (14 and 10), greatly appreciated Amanda’s total commitment to excellent customer service from beginning to end, and the extraordinary expertise of our bush walk guide was second to none. The sights and sounds of the bush, the flora and fauna, the waterfalls ... all spectacular!  This is an experience not to be missed for anyone hoping to get off the beaten path and experience a bit of wild Australia!

Dee
Dee

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Acknowledgement of Country

We respectfully acknowledge the Wodi Wodi within the Tharawal language constellations as the traditional custodians of the Kangaroo Valley area and acknowledge their elders past, present, and emerging.

We are grateful to be living on a traditional camping site where the first nations spirits are with us all the time. We ask for their blessings of safety and good feelings. We embody our connection to the country on which we are fortunate to call our home.

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