Season: Heavy local rain is needed and the river rises and falls
Time: 1 - 2 hours
Length: 4 - 5 km
Level: 0.75 minimum. 1 - 1.3m good. Has been paddled up to 3m
Gauge: Hampdon Bridge
Shuttle: Easy dirt road follows river
Character: Beautiful short section with a few interesting rapids along the way. Good play waves and holes depending on the level.
Suits: River running or play boats
This trip is more demanding than the lower sections of the Kangaroo River.
It is popular with over zealous novices in flood conditions as there are plenty of trees to catch swamped boats and anything which doesn't get wrapped or pinned will end up in Lake Yarrunga 20km downstream.
Launch off the large flat rock or down the creek depending on the level. In higher levels this rock forms a great play wave across the whole river.There are a number of enjoyable Class II and III rapids with a few good drops. Most are straightforward and easy to scout. There are quite a few play options depending on the level.
The pull out is at Gerringong Creek Road just downstream of the suspension bridge. The ford has recently been replaced by a brige.
Because it is a short trip with an easy shuttle many parties would paddle this section more than once in a day.
Putting In: From Kangaroo Valley drive towards Fitzroy Falls. Approx 1km after crossing Hampdon Bridge (check the level as you drive over!) turn right onto Upper Kangaroo River Rd. Follow this 11km (sealed then dirt) to Gerrringong Creek Road. This is the take out. Remaining on Upper Kangaroo River Rd, continue 4km on to a ford on a side creek. There is a locked gate soon after.
Taking Out: Gerringong Creek Rd bridge.
Map: Kangaroo Valley 9028-4-S
Camping: There is free camping at Bendeela Picnic Area near the
Entry Date: 19 May 2003
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