Canoeing & Kayaking

Gecko Canoeing – Award Winning River Tour Range enable you to experience the Katherine River at its best. Comfortable ‘down stream’ touring, incredible wildlife ‘close ups’ and relaxing camping with chairs and tables and someone to cook and do the dishes for you. Sleep under a blanket of stars, wake to a chorus of birds (and a hot cup of coffee), we aim to please. We don’t tour within Nitmiluk National Park. If you wish to include Nitmiluk Gorge in your visit, we can arrange a boat cruise as part of your itinerary, just ask.
Other rivers, other areas, other exciting experiences are also on offer. Let us know what you want and we will do our best to put it together for you, designed and priced to suit.It all adds up to a unique holiday experience.
* Katherine River 3 Day
* Katherine Flora Daly 6 Day
* Ord River 5 Day
* Wickham River 6 Day
* Heli-Kayaking
* Nitmiluk Gorge Descent

Katherine River 3 Day Respite

Our most popular trip. Using top quality equipment and accredited, qualified guides, this trip covers 40 to 55 kilometres of wildlife rich river, downstream from Katherine and away from the often crowded Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge). Fed by springs and soaks throughout the long ‘Dry Season’, the river below the Gorge, winds through rocky banks, paperbark forests, small rapids and pandanus channels. Comfortable bush camping, great dining, fantastic service and wildlife encounters – it all adds up to being a unique experience. A trip you will never forget.

“What a fantastic experience. I saw and learnt so much about wildlife as we slowly paddled down the Katherine River. Our guide knew the birds, animals and reptiles we saw along the way. The food was tremendous – morning tea served on a silver platter and dinner cooked in the camp oven. I’d recommend this trip to anyone whether they can paddle a canoe or not. Congratulations Gecko Canoeing.” – Phil Prentice.

Departures:    We aim for Wednesdays and Sundays May to October Departures
Tour Size:       Minimum 4, Maximum 10
2016 Cost:      AUD$1090.00   Child 9-13yrs $990.00
Tour Code:     KR3

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Ord River 5 Day Adventure

East Kimberley – Ord River 5 Day Adventure – KO5  (Ord River 3 Day Adventure – KO3 Ex Kununurra)
Journey from Katherine along the Victoria Highway to Kununurra, Western Australia. Pass through the amazing Gregory National Park and see the rugged Victoria River Region, glancing up at amazing cliff faces and down at a river over 700 kilometres long.
Beginning the 3 day paddle at the Ord River/Lake Argyle Dam, cruise through the Carr Boyd Ranges keeping an eye out for the shy rock wallabies hiding in the crevices above. Watch the sun set and the colours change, float peacefully through Carlton Gorge or just relax in the afternoon with a glass of wine. The river tour finishes with a visit to the Zebra Rock Gallery an overnight stay in Kununurra and then the return drive to Katherine learning a little more of the history of Augustus Gregory and his explorations of the area. Tour includes a nights accommodation in Kununurra at either end of the 3 days canoeing, ensuring that we have 3 full days to spend exploring the Ord River.
Departures: (view) Mondays (Ex Darwin) and Tuesdays (Ex Kununurra) – October to May
Tour Size: Minimum 4, Maximum 8
2017Cost: KO5 – AUD$2,180.00 (Single Supp $200)      KO3 – AUD$1,350.00
Tour Code: KO5 and KO3

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Heli-Kayaking

As seen on GETAWAY in 2008 with Sorrell Wilby – Gecko Canoeing and Airbourne Solutions
After a scenic helicopter flight over the vast and beautiful Katherine Region, (including the inspiring Nitmiluk Gorge), land riverside with us. You will have a new perspective on the region and be amazed by the different feel, once you have landed. A great way to maximise your time or do something completely different and very special with a group of friends or a work team. Maintaining the use of top quality equipment and accredited, qualified guides, this trip will relax and revitalise you. Fed by springs and soaks throughout the long dry-season, the river winds through rocky banks, paperbark forests, small rapids and pandanus channels. Comfortable bush camping, great dining, fantastic service and wildlife encounters – it all adds up to being a unique experience. An Amazing Journey – as seen on GETAWAY.
Departures: By Request
Tour Size: Private Charters, Minimum 4 to Maximum 8 people (special groups organised)
Group or Private: Please contact us
Heli_Kayaking Costs
2015 Costs – per person Fly-in/Drive-out Fly-in/Fly-out
From Katherine
2 days – 1 night $AUD2,150.00 $AUD3,100.00
3 days – 2 nights $AUD2,990.00 $AUD3,750.00

From Darwin
2 days – 1 night   $AUD4,600.00
3 days – 2 nights   $AUD5,400.00

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Katherine Flora Daly 6 Days

A true wilderness safari at a relaxing pace, down an everchanging environment. Travel up to 120 kilometres following the course of the Katherine River, beginning below Katherine and Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge), downstream away from often crowded areas, as the Katherine River flows gently westward to meet the Flora and Daly Rivers. Just as the name suggests, this 6 day immersion gives us the time to explore, relax and reflect in arguably the best sections of the Katherine and Daly Rivers. Taking in the serenity and intimacy of these stunning locations, small sparkling rapids, shady channels and sandy beaches, joining ancient and diverse systems, 3 days floating westward on the Katherine and 3 days on the Daly affords time to Sit-Listen-Relax. Exclusive camping on magnificent sandy beaches, you will be captivated by every experience!

Departures: June to September (view)
Group Size: Minimum 4, Maximum 8
2017 Cost:  AUD$1895.00
Tour Code: KD6

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Wickham River 6 Day Escape

This is the trip for those that have done everything else. The Wickham River is an amazing place to spend a couple of days, shady pandanus lined channels, shallow, clear water and more birds than you can imagine. Spend a day travelling to Jasper Gorge where we will have time to watch the sun go down with a glass of wine or two, watch as the colours change creating a spectacular sunset. As we continue onto the Wickham River, we four wheel drive through a private cattle station, the country is beautiful and varied. Once we arrive at the river we set up camp and prepare for the trip ahead. 3 days of pandanus lined channels, open waterholes, rapids, gravel races and sandy beaches, the Wickham has something for everyone. If you need to get away from the crowds and get up close and personal with nature at its best, this could be the trip for you.
Departures: On Request
Tour Size: Minimum 4, Maximum 8
Cost: AUD$ tba
Tour Code: WK6

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