Tallowa Dam to Fossickers Flat

Dec 9 2017 (All day) to Dec 10 2017 (All day)
Trip Leader/Contact: 
Roddy kerr

Last visited by the club in October 2016 and led by Rob Walker. 

This trip is one of the most spectacular flatwater paddles in NSW and is only a short drive from Sydney.

The trip is on Lake Yarrunga created by Tallowa Dam built as part of the Shoalhaven Scheme, which is an extension of Sydney's Water Supply and a hydro electric power station.

Saturday will consist of a 14km (3-4 hours) paddle along the flooded valley with steep sides and spectacular sandstone cliffs along the top of the ridge.

We will stop for lunch near Monarch Rock which is about half way.

Once we reach the end of the dam there are some good camp sites and a NPWS pit toilet.

We will camp the night by the river.

Fossickers flat is a couple of small rapids up stream.by the river for those who want to explore further, before dinner.

Sunday we will retrace our paddle back to the dam.

This trip is 14km of flat water so best suited to sea kayak type kayaks or open canadian canoes, short boats would be possible if you are keen for some really hard work.

We will be camping from our boats, so all of our food, cloths and camping equipment will have to fit into the boats.


Note this trip is weather dependant, flooding on the Shoalhaven river can make this trip dangerous and also strong winds can make paddling in the gorge very difficult. I Plan B, will include either the Kanagroo River Arm to avoid the wind, or if the river levels are up a moving water trip from the Tallowa Dam to Illaroo

River or Waterway: 
Meeting Point: 

Kangaroo Valley

Kangaroo ValleyShoalhaven City Council, New South Wales
Latitude: -34.738300
Longitude: 150.502281