Colo River

Wollangambe River to Upper Colo

Unverified! Intermediate Wilderness Trip Summer Autumn Winter Spring CLASS II

 

Central coast, Sydney Surrounds. Approx. 10 km South of Colo Heights

Contributed by Peter Pod

 

Class: II (IV - V in high water!)

Season: All seasons

Gradient: 40m over 24km

Time: 4 days

Length: 48km

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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