‘Paddle Our Parks’ ranger-guided canoe tours are back for another season with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).
The popular paddle-powered tours give locals and visitors the opportunity to discover the unique and scenic waterways of the Coffs Coast area.
“Places for the tours fill up quickly, so book in early for one of the four separate tours we’re running over winter and spring,” NPWS Ranger Sandy Van Veluwen said.
“You can catch a tour on 18 July at Moonee Creek, 31 August at Coffs Creek, 14 September on Corindi River in Red Rock or on 12 October at Bonville Creek in the Bongil Bongil National Park”, she said.
“You’ll get the rare chance to paddle beside marine ecologists who will guide you along tranquil waterways as you explore the unspoilt beauty and wildlife of protected marine parks from the water.
“Encounters with unique marine life along the Coffs Coast are also part of what makes this marine environment so special.
“The tours will reveal the fascinating world of the Bongil Bongil and Solitary Islands Marine Parks which are renowned for their world heritage-listed rainforest and pristine beaches.
“Paddlers will learn about the rich varieties of wetland, forest and estuary birds, reptiles and fish that make this area their home. You can also keep an eye out for birds perching high on branches over the water and look for reptiles sunbaking along the creek banks.
“All canoes and equipment are supplied and the tours are suitable for children eight years and over and adults, although kids must be accompanied by an adult.
“All our canoeists must also be able to swim, but you don’t need any canoeing experience to get on board and enjoy the tour.
“People should also bring a packed lunch, sunscreen, a hat and water to drink”, Ms Van Veluewen said.