Hidden Treasures of the Kalgan River

Grab your paddle, and put on your river shoes!

The team from Down Under Discoveries invite you to join them on this immersive experience, taking you on a picturesque exploration, kayaking one of the oldest rivers in the world.

Wander out Yonder with a passionate local, eager to share with you what makes this ancient river system so special.

From AUD $55.00 per person

Departs: Saturdays biweekly

Duration: 4hrs approx.

Location: Kalgan River, Kalgan

Group Size: There is a minimum of 2 people required for this tour to run. Maximum 10 people per tour.

Paddling Distance Covered: The distance covered is approximately 10km

Trail Difficulty: The Kalgan River is a beautiful flat water location with minimal currents, easy entry and exits and no more than 500m from safe landing sites. Great for all abilities and experiences.

Meet location and times:
Our meet location is at Bridge Park Reserve on the west bank near Lower Kalgan River Bridge.

Please arrive at the start 15mins prior to commencement.

Albany Pick-up/Drop-off on special request for an additional small fee

1.00pm - 5.00pm approx (completely dependant on pace of paddlers)

Pricing:
Adult: $75.00pp (15 and over)
Child: $55.00pp (4-14 years)
Family: $220.00pp (2A+2C)
Concession not available sorry.

Please note that prices exclude a booking fee which is added at time of checkout. We hope you understand that as a small family run business we simply are not able to absorb all costings and fees. Direct bookings via email do not attract this fee.

Please contact chelle@downunderdiscoveries.com if you wish to take up this option.

A $2 contribution to Greenfleet is made on behalf of each of our guests as part of our Carbon Offset Program, contributing to the restoration of our Australian forests. See here for more details.

Highlights of the Experience

Citizen Science
Ever wanted to give back to the community but don't have the time or don't know how?  Take your interest in nature to the next level by joining the Down Under Discoveries citizen science community. With citizen science you can not only learn about the world just outside your window you can also lend a helping hand to some real science projects across The Great Southern and even across Western Australia! Get involved with our interactive experiences through use of apps such as iNaturalist and FrogID, helping monitor and collect important data that is used to increase scientific knowledge.

Ancient River Paddling
Enjoy a leisurely kayaking experience on the calm waters of an inlet river systems. Far from the busy crowds and stresses of everyday life, let us reconnect you with the natural world and discover the joy and wholesome experience of exploring the ancient Kalgan River looking for hidden treasures and listening to stories of culture and history. The paddle provides the opportunity to see the abundant wildlife that inhabits the river environment including pelicans, ducks and osprey.

Floods, Farming and Fish Traps
Take a step back in time on the Kalgan River as we share stories about one of the states earliest-settled rural districts. Whilst there is not a lot of visual evidence of the past, tall tales ignite your imagination of bridges colliding in the 1939 floods, the first farming activity of the early settlers and the relic remains of the fish traps, artefacts proving that man was inhabiting the Kalgan at least 19,000 years ago.

Bushtucker Inspired Afternoon Tea
Sit back and enjoy a Bushtucker inspired afternoon tea including a variety of Bushtucker infused slices, biscuits and bliss balls, washing it down with a cup of Warndu Bushtucker herbal tea.

Please contact Chelle on 0439463285 or via email chelle@downunderdiscoveries.com for all bookings and enquiries.

Important Information

Covid-19 - Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic continues, we maintain appropriate measures, carrying out risk assessments on a regular basis to keep our staff and clients safe at all times. All guests are advised to maintain a distance of 1.5m, utilise the hand sanitiser provided and, if unwell, we advise you to please stay at home.

Operating since 2011, Down Under Discoveries is a well established Eco Certified Tour Company, certified to comply with Quality Assurance with Ecotourism Australia and Tourism Western Australia. Our commitment is to provide you with memorable nature based experiences, eco tours, kayaking, & hiking adventures throughout Western Australia, led by experienced, well trained Eco Certified guides and tour leaders. Come Experience Extraordinary Down Under.

Outdoor Adventuring does pose certain hazards even if participants do not recklessly place themselves in harm's way. Risks such as falling, slipping on loose gravel, sprains and insect/snakes bites are possible when exploring outdoors. Our guides are qualified and experienced, conducting our adventures with those risks and others in mind, and whilst the risk will always remain, we do exercise a high level of caution throughout the experience with safety of our clients being our highest priority. Each sessions begins with a brief safety induction in relation to the activity being undertaken. Our guides are also fully qualified in Wilderness First Aid should the need arise.

Participants should note that any adventure travel involves a higher than normal risk and a signed release may be required from all participants before departure. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions regarding our liability disclosure.

We do highly recommend travel insurance for any outdoor adventure experiences.

Paddling/Swimming Experience:

Whilst paddling experience is not a necessity as basic instruction is provided, some understanding at least will make your experience a more pleasurable one. A basic level of swimming ability (being able to doggy paddle 25m and or tredding water) is required to take part. We are never paddling through more than a river being 50m wide and all participants MUST wear the PFD (life jacket) provided.

Fitness Level:

Most of our experiences are suitable for those with a good level of fitness. We do encourage you to be fit enough to make the most of the experiences we have on offer. This particular experience includes paddling trails that are graded 2/3. It is a sheltered paddling experience suitable for all types of paddle craft and paddling abilities We do pause throughout to allow those who need to catch their breath. The quality of your experience is our priority.

Note, for the safety of all passengers, we reserve the right to prevent passengers from participating in some activities. Those with injuries should contact us directly before making a booking.

Toilet Facilities:

There are toilets at the start/end of the paddle and the middle but all other business would need to be done in the 'bush toilet' so please have toilet paper/tissues and hand antiseptic with you just in case you cannot wait to reach the drop toilets.

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"I experienced the Kitty's Gorge hike with Chelle and a lovely group. The scenery is stunning and the recent rains turned on a lovely show of water falls."

- Linda - 

 

"I have done two moonlight forest immersion hikes now and each one has been a wonderful experience and grounding. A wonderful way to restore your energy amongst nature and be truly mindful".

- Luke R - 

 

Hi Chelle, I just wanted to write a quick msg to let you know how awesome it has been going on your group hikes. I have always wanted to do something in the outdoors which involved both weight loss and mental healing. I have slowly found something that has helped me establish who i am as a person as it has given me the clarity i been looking for, to find myself as a person. And I love myself for it! Thank you for creating such a great team environment for all fitness level, people that love to be one with nature, and for people that just need that time to find what they need 🙂 You rock!

-Larissa-

I joined the New Moon walk tonight at the Zigzag and had a great time. A short enough walk to do not being fit but long enough to get a workout. Amazing scenery and the end of hot tea and singing bowls was lovely. Highly recommend as a doable experience that is affordable and not hard for a usually sedentary person to achieve. Chelle and Dave were great hosts that have great experience to offer.

- Ruth - 

I highly recommend the 1 day tour to Perth Waterfalls with Chelle at DownUnderDiscover. As a foreign it was a pleasure to met a local with such sound knowledge of WA nature and the outdoors experiences. I enjoyed and learned a lot on this tour and the waterfalls were spectaculars.The tour is very well thought, and runs smoothly through the day with a great attention. We have time to ask questions, enjoy the walks without rushing and spend a wonderful day. For sure I will come back for another hike/outdoors experience.

- Olga - 

We had a wonderful morning on the recent Zig Zag Flora, Fauna & History Tour. There was an abundance of wildflowers to discover, learn about and photograph. Learning the history of the Zig Zag and early settlers was very interesting and gave us a new appreciation of the area. Our guides were very friendly, knowledgeable and provided a great morning tea. Thank you for an excellent event.

- Adele - 

We had a beautiful evening walk with Chelle. The moon didn't quite make it through the clouds, but the energy was exquisite, and the guide, and company, lovely. Thoroughly recommend this experience, and I can't wait to try others, such as the New Moon walk.

- Jaki - 

Great walking tour in the hills. Loved the very knowledgeable Ken who walked us through the amazing flowers of the region. Highly recommended. Oooh and such a yummy lemon myrtle cake too.

- Trevor - 

The forest walk was amazing. I really enjoyed the meditation and connection exercises and the walk itself is very manageable. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes nature and walking!!

- Debbie - 

Mothers day Hike was for my daughter and I our first venture on to the Bibbulmun Track. From the start Chelle and her family crew made us feel very welcome. The Hike was relaxed and at a speed suitable for all ages .Chelle very informative about the trail and the surrounding plants and trees. Midway homemade scones and tea was a welcome break in the midst of beautiful tranquil surroundings. The mothers day flowers and chocolates at the end was also lovely surprise. We will definately be booking more hikes with Down Under Discoveries.

- Meg -

Fantastic hike, no pressure to rush. I absolutely loved the meditative forest immersion moment. Yummo handmade bushtucker morning tea was a real treat. The morning started off quite crisp and cool but brightened to a warm, clear day. Chelle, our guide is really knowledgeable but warm, approachable and has great people skills.When I can afford another hike, hopefully a night one, will definitely be choosing this lovely family run business.

- Sandie - 

Thanks Chelle at Down Under Discoveries, I had a really great time, learnt lots and didn't feel rushed or unsafe at any point! even with the snake trails � 
I couldn't do something like that on my own so it's great you've created something that gets people outside �
Lovely group of people and I look forward to my next adventure! ��

- Tamara -

I have joined Chelle on some amazing hikes around the Perth area. She is a fantastic guide with a depth of knowledge and a passion for the environment and for bringing it to people who might never get to enjoy the countryside. Albany Region, you are lucky to have her!!!

- Andrea, Perth -

Inclusions

What’s Included

  • Guided paddling experience on the ancient Kalgan River
  • Basic technique instruction
  • Kayak, Paddle, PFD
  • Complimentary use of our drybags(to be returned end of tour)
  • Bushtucker Inspired Afternoon Tea
  • $2 donation made to Greenfleet as part of our Carbon Offset Program
  • Photos/Videos posted on our Facebook Page

What to Bring

  • Water bottle or Camel Back with at least 2 litres of water per person
  • Insect Repellent, Tissues/Toilet Paper, Head fly net if you have one
  • Waterproof bag to carry your items (or we have some to borrow)
  • Slip on shoes
  • Suitable clothing - Hat, Bathers and Towel
  • Waterproof Camera or Go Pro
  • Most importantly a great sense of adventure
  • As part of our commitment to conducting our nature based tourism experiences in an environmentally sustainable manner we do ask that you consider using an Eco friendly reusable water bottle (not plastic) and that any extra snack items you bring be in reusable containers. We do offer to take all rubbish at the end of the day to make sure it is recycled correctly.
* Please ensure that you have adequate travel insurance to cover cancellations, lost property, medical evacuation, personal liability, lost deposits, etc.

Terms and Conditions

Please go to the following link to read our Terms and Conditions before making a booking. This includes information about our Cancellation Policy.

Down Under Discoveries Terms and Conditions