Upper Nepean River

Silverdale to Bents Basin

Unverified! Easy Touring Intermediate Summer Autumn Winter Spring CLASS II CLASS III


Sydney. Penrith - Wallacia

Contributed by Ben Hankinson (Horizon Line)


Class: II - III (p)

Season: Any

Gradient: Approx 12m per km after the weir

Time: 2 Hours

Length: 6km

Level: 0.3 and above on the Nepean - Wallacia Weir Gauge

Gauge: Wallacia Weir Gauge

Shuttle: 40 min each way (33km) - 2WD

Character: River run, mixture of short and long rapids

Suits: any white water kayak

The river starts off with a 2 -3 km flat water cruise to the weir.

As a Good Beginner trip I stress the dangers of weirs - This is occasionally paddled by experienced paddlers (level dependent) on far river left or right.

Portage is over the fish ladder on River left - Note the river has changed recently and the fish ladder can sadly no longer be paddled.

The majority of the trip is short fun grade 2 rapids with some fun waves to surf, at very low levels it is a little more technical. There are some minor tree safety concerns but over all quite good.

There are 2 main grade 3 rapids towards the end of the trip, they are the 2 longer rapids, consisting of drops, small to moderate holes and waves. The last rapid above bents basin being about 100m long.

At higher levels the two main rapids do become more powerful - This river is paddlable upto very high levels due to its relatively low gradient and becomes a different style of trip with features of large waves trains forming.

Putting In: Bents Basin - Bents Basin Road, Greendale.

Taking Out: At The end of Mckees Road (often noticed due to the cobbitys turf farm sign), Theresa Park. The road forms a small loop, access to the river is through private property - do not drive on the farm, its a 200m walk.

Entry Date: 11 December 2010


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