Class: II (IV - V in high water!)
Season: All seasons
Gradient: 40m over 24km
Time: 4 days
Level: Minimum: 0.9 m Good: 1.0 - 1.5 m Dangerous: >1.5 m?
Gauge: Colo R at Upper Colo
Shuttle: None --- travel upstream and back!
Character: The river is shallow and sandy for the lower 9km. After that, in the gorge proper, deep pools alternate with boulder-blockup rapids.
Suits: Canadian canoes; kayaks suitable if only doing the downstream section
The Colo Gorge cuts through a huge tract of the Wollemi wilderness in NSW. The steep sandstone gorge is difficult to access.
We start downriver at Upper Colo, then pole, paddle, and line the canoes about 24km upstream to the Wollangambe confluence, over two days, sleeping in a rock shelter or beach overnight.
The river is shallow and sandy for the lower 9km, and poling is the best way to move upstream.
After that, in the gorge proper, deep pools alternate with boulder-blockup rapids.
The reverse trip downstream takes only 2/3 the time, and is more relaxing.
SAFETY NOTE: The river can rise dramatically (6 or more metres in 24 hrs -- see here: youtu.be/AoNRqiRtEeU) after rain, which changes the nature of the river DRAMATICALLY, and may require a long walk out, or several days of patience for the river to subside.
Spectacular Colo Gorge by canoe. © hashticles 2012. All Rights Reserved.
Putting In: Upper Colo
Taking Out: Same as put in.
Map: Colo Heights 1:25,000; Mountain Lagoon 1:25,000
Camping: In rock shelters or sandy beaches by the river.
Entry Date: 21st January 2012
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