If popping champagne, paddling downstream, exploring an ancient, sunken forest and trying out local produce is triggering your adventure nerve—then boy, do we have the ultimate treat for you.
Just a short drive south of Sydney (90-minutes actually) is the glorious Kangaroo Valley. Known for its rich rainforests, picturesque countryside and rolling vineyards, this haven is also home to a next level canoeing adventure.
Hosted by Southern Highlands-based Wild Food Adventures and called the “Canoes, Champagne and Canapes Adventure”, this nature and food safari combines all things beautiful and delicious.
You’ll kickstart the day with a scenic drive through Kangaroo Valley before heading to Beehive Point on Kangaroo River. From here, Travis Frenay (your guide from Paddle & Portage Canoes), will take you to the mouth of Yarrunga Creek in a double canoe that has been joined together to create what’s basically a floating raft (if you’re not the most athletic and nimble human, you’ll be right).
Frenay will guide you to the aforementioned sunken forest, formed when Tallowa Dam flooded the valley some 40 years ago, with Morton National Park as your backdrop. All the while, you’ll get to feast on native canapes and sip local award-winning cold-climate wine.
After your floating canapes, you’ll venture to Mt Asby Estate Vineyard for a two-course lunch plus, you’ll get to wander the grounds, lake, antique wares and vineyard surrounded by grazing dairy cattle. Your last stop of the day will be Cherry Tree Hill Winery, where you’ll get to taste (even more) Southern Highlands vino.
Wild Food Adventures are all about Highlands life, and they also host a waterfalls tour, a dedicated winery tour and seasonal tours like mushroom forages and truffle hunts. For more details, head over here.
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Image credit: Paul Williams, Wild Food Adventures