Pemberton Hiking and Canoeing
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Andy Russell established this ‘active tourism’ business in 1994 as an awareness-raising adjunct to his forest campaign work. He says, “What started out as a way to save the forests and rivers ended up turning my recreation and philosophy into a job”.

As good-natured as he is passionate, Andy is a knowledgeable guide and great storyteller. The experience leaves an indelible impression on participants, who report, “The scenery is to die for” and “110% recommended”. The canoeing is also readily accessible for all ages: “A very relaxing and cruisy tour, no experience or hard work required”.

The Warren River in Warren River National Park is a magnificent place to explore by canoe, offering river-centric views of the majestic karri forest, birds and wildflowers, or, if choosing a night tour, an incomparable paddle under starry night skies. By day or night, a canoe-view is a perfect way to appreciate this natural wonderland.

Note that if this is on your bucket list, act quickly, as Andy is soon to hang up his commercial paddles, after nearly three decades of leading adventure tours.

Banner photo: Andy Russell.

Practical Information

MORE DETAILS: Currently two canoeing options on offer.

  • Half-day Canoe Tour – Meet 8.30 am. BYO water bottle. Tea, coffee, cake, fruit, provided. Some lovely swimming spots, so come prepared for a dip if you wish.
  • Night Canoe Tour – Meet at 5.00 pm. BYO water bottle. Tea, coffee, cake, fruit, provided. Paddle up the Warren River before sunset, enjoy the beautiful karri scenery. As night falls, enjoy the stars and moonlight on the water. Bring a small torch, insect repellent and outdoor clothing as it can get cool at night.

Both tours are approximately 4-hours long and leave from Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree carpark beside Old Vasse Road in Warren National Park (10 – 16 kms out of town).

COST: Adult $50; Child $25, includes National Park fees and refreshments. Group discount. Sorry, no card facilities, please bring correct cash payment on the day.

CONFIRM AND SECURE BOOKING: Andy Russell | Website | Email | 0487 674 926