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Published March 25th 2016
Kayak Minnamurra River
South Coast Safaris is a local adventure company that does tours by kayak and bushwalking; you can do a couple of hours or a couple of days.
We decided to opt for their half day tour of the Minnamurra River, which includes lunch. So we met our guides at James Oates Reserve in Minnamurra at 9am. We had a choice of a sea kayak or canoe. I opted for the canoe.
After the safety briefing and fitting of PFDs (personal flotation devices), they took us to the water edge where we were told where not to go because of rocks and where we could go. He gave us tips on where to go because it would be easier due to the tide.
We set off up-stream past all the little kiddies playing on the edge of the river, past all the nice houses and being passed by a fair few paddle boarders and kayakers. We kept going further till we got to the bridge, I don't think we went very far, but we were on the water for a good 2 hours.
By the time we got back to the reserve our lunch was almost cooked. Our guides had cooked a barbecue of rissoles, sausages and chicken to put on burgers. They also had drinks, cake and salad. The half day tour cost $60 per person.
The reserve is the start or finish for the Kiama Coast Walk. The reserve has toilet facilities and is a good picnic ground. The reserve is an old quarry and from there you have views of Rangoon Island, also known as Stack Island.
Minnamurra River is 23 kilometres long and starts west of Jamberoo and ends at James Oates Reserve. The small part of what we saw had lovely houses and a swamp ground. It was nice, peaceful, tranquil and amazing. I can't wait to explore the whole river.