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Hike and Kayak Glenelg River and Coast Explorer

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8/12/2019 - 14/12/2019
Availability : 7 days / 6 nights - all inclusive
Portland, Vic
Min Age : 12
Tour Details

All you need is a day pack, pre christmas adventure!

WOW, this is the best combination tour on offer!

The sun will still be warm, the crystal water tempting, and the beautiful scenery will catch your soul… from coastal cliffs to riverine cliffs, the spectacular scenery will be endless on this back to nature trip. Don’t about anything as we guide you along some of Victoria’s best coast, chill out beside a campfire in the evening and eat some delicious pudding as a rewards for your days wandering.

This a perfect trip for all you intermediate explorers when we spend two nights camping along the coast and enjoying some modest distances during the day. Let us organise so you can walk, eat and relax. You will find your own connection to the landscapes and enjoy being mindful in such a beautiful, remote part of the world with lots of peace and quiet, beautiful scenery and a group of like-minded people, this will definitely be a fun and adventurous escape. If you love walking white beaches and floating down crystal clear waters this is the tour for you.

This trip will combine three days walking with three days canoe paddling and is a fantastic introduction to those wanting to let their hair down a bit and get into a new kind of groove. Your general fitness will be enough to accomplish this adventure, and learn that you can be happiest when you’ve got nothing to do!

How many times do we put things off, as we are waiting to see, waiting to see if something else comes up, waiting to see who we may let down or just waiting to see if we have the energy time money. What would happen if we just started doing? If we said “I can” rather than “I’m not sure”. Nothing changes if you change nothing, and sometimes you just have to be brave and say “this is my time”.

Be proud of putting effort into something
Get outside into nature
Eat good health food
Relax and unwind and find time
Be a little scared
Go on an adventure

This tour is for our huge community of intermediate walkers and is a good introduction to being outdoors for more than a day. After our first nights beautiful accommodation, we’ll quickly get comfortable with our nylon cabins and learn to live without ‘stuff’ for a while. This is very much an adventure about yourself, your attitude to relaxation and the and ability to turn away from everyday things that constantly fight for our attention and pressure us to conform. Come together with a group of like-minded people and take on a challenge knowing that Take Shape Adventures has always got your back.

Is it your time? Is it your time to feel good, be healthy, be strong, take time to be who you can be. Yes we all have ‘things’ that get in the way, life is short and you only have one shot at it. So start planning, start connecting, take a chance and book into one or all of these amazing adventures that will set your spirit alive and make you be every bit the person you can be, whether it’s a social adventure weekend, a hike in the Flinders Ranges, taking a kayak trip or a kick start Health & Fitness Retreat … just do it.

Departure & Return Location

Start and finish location Portland, Victoria


Nelson Bay Lighthouse
Camping (packless walking)


A good pairs of walking shoes
Sleeping bag
A full gear list will be provided

  • Professional wilderness guide/s
  • All homemade, nutritious and healthy food
  • Dietary requirements catered for
  • 1 night at quality accommodation, twin share
  • 5 nights camping
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts and snacks
  • Great social fun, supportive and encouraging atmosphere
  • Cave access
  • All boats and safety equipment
  • Fees and permits

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Equipment


The food will be provided by our very own adventure chef to prepare and cook your delicious and nutritious dinner, lunches, all snacks and breakfasts. We love our food so be prepared to have freshly delicious meals, ground coffee, yummy snacks and fresh fruit, beautiful vegetable based salads, wraps and cheeses. All this food is energy filled to sustain you on the track – oh! and lets not forget a sneaky desert.

We can cater for a range of intolerances and dietary requirements. Contact us if you have any particular requests, and we will do our best to cater for you.

bowls of delicious food

Examples of Food

  • Breakfast: Eggs, overnight oats, cereal, muesli and toast
  • Snacks: fruit, homemade cookies and slices
  • Lunch: Wraps, rice salads, vegetable salads, antipasto, breads, dips
  • Dinner: High carbohydrate vegetable based meals
  • Dessert: Some evenings will be Sticky Date Pudding, Ice-cream and fruit, Cheesecake
What to Expect

A typical day
Wake up with a cooked breakfast or cereal, plus fresh coffee or a selection of tea. Get packed and head onto the trail, we will walk at a moderate pace and your guides will ensure that everyone is catered for and TSA never leaves anyone at the back – so have no anxiety that this might be you. Stopping along the way for short rests and to admire the view. All yummy snacks and lunches will be provided and carried by your guides. Before we head back to our accommodation, here you will get a chance to shower, unwind and enjoy a yummy prepared dinner and some social time.

At this time of year the temperature in western Victoria will be warm. This is fantastic, as this will means dipping our toes in the ocean and splashing about after a day cruising the river. The temperature should be somewhere between pleasant and awesome with the average highs between 17 – 24 degrees.

Trip Summary
  • Cape Nelson Lighthouse to Trewalla Campsite - 17kms
  • Trewalla Campsite to Springs Camp - 15kms
  • Springs Camp to Bridgewater - 15kms
  • Afternoon 1hr transfer to Moleside Rivercamp
  • Moleside to Skipworth Springs - 14km
  • Skipworth Springs to Pattersons - 16km
  • Pattersons to Donovans (including cave visit) - 12km
  • Vehicle pickup and transfer back to start

Day 1

Depart from Melbourne at 1pm Sunday from Melbourne and drive to Nelson Bay (about 5hrs). Spend the evening relaxing and getting bags ready. Dinner included.

Day 2

Start our coastal walk today along the southern shore and enjoy all the beauty and serenity of the area. Get to camp and find all your gear set up for you, enjoy a campfire and a sit around.

Day 3

Resume day two along the coast, with sand dunes, flowers, crystal white beaches and hopefully a quick swim along the way. Camp again on night two.

Day 4

Our last day of walking along the coast before heading inland for a short section and enjoy the heathland vegetation before being transferred across to the river to prepare our boats for our first day paddle. Relax for the evening.

Day 5

Today starts with an interesting dilemma, try and fit all your belongings into a barrel! We then load our canoes and set off on a tranquil and relaxing cruise along the Glenelg River. Massive sandstone cliffs and flat water all the way to our exclusive paddle only campsite.

Day 6

Paddle day today, watch for birds, listen to the sounds of nature, have some fun splashing and playing, maybe have a swim. Sit around and relax with a special drink and chill out.

Day 7

Our last day will start early and we stop along the way to step off the boats and into the Princess Margaret Rose Caves. Have some lunch then jump back on board then finish our last short section of paddling before the short transfer back to our start.

What to Bring

Ideally everything should fit in a 15kg small duffel bag or small suitcase. We often have limited luggage space on the bus, however we want you to be comfortable. A general pack list is provided and includes some mandatory gear such as:

  • Rain jacket
  • Warm clothes including warm jacket, gloves and beanie for early morning starts
  • Light layered clothing for the day
  • Multiple walking shoes
  • Blister management
  • Sunhat and sunglasses
  • A head light
  • Personal Medication
Frequently Asked Questions

How fit do I need to be?

You should be reasonably fit and be able to walk at least 15km for three consecutive days. You should also have reasonable upper body strength enabling you to paddle for three days. The paddling is not strenuous, but as with walking, it is continuous. The nature of this tour is relatively easy paced and there is plenty of time to rest and just enjoy your surroundings. We suggest that people with back pain or over 110kgs contact us prior to booking.

What if I am coming alone?

Great! Our tours are for everyone and a very inclusive. The accommodation is arranged so that you share a room with someone of the same gender and similar age when possible. The majority of times this means you will create wonderful new friendships.

Who attends your tours?

This is a tour that you do need to be fairly fit, however we have a range of people from 20 – 70 year olds join us. The majority are single women, followed by couples and friends, we are a group focused tour and want everyone to achieve the most they can. Bring your positive attitude and enthusiasm which will get you just as far as fitness alone.

Should I bring walking poles?

Yes if you use them. Yes if you think you are going to get tired. Make sure you practice with them.

I hear the ground is sometimes uneven and soft. How do I train?

Do as much walking as you can on moderate hills with some uneven surfaces. This can be pretty much anything except for your footpath.

What if I don’t feel very sore after any of the days?

Well you are doing a mighty fine job then and the training has paid off. Keep going!!

What shoes should I wear?

Ideally lightweight and comfortable shoes or light boots with good grip. Trail runners are great for this type of terrain. Heavy boots are not recommended as they are tiring and apart from some ankle support are not necessary.

What will the weather be?

Plan for moderate to hot days. However always expect possibly cooler conditions. Don’t forget your swimmers and a small travel towel.

What type of bag will I need to carry?

You need to bring a small backpack that can fit 3 litres of water, a rainjacket and your personal medication etc. A bag around the 12-15 litre capacity is generally sufficient.

What type of boats do we use?

We have a fleet of open Canadian canoes which are stable, high sided craft suitable for leisurely cruising down this type of slow flowing river. Able to hold lots of equipment, they are two person boats with single blade paddles.

How hard is the paddling?

The paddling is the same as walking, but with your upper body. Expect a reasonably easy level of effort, but one that you will have to continue for a while at a time. The river is not subject to much flow, nor any tides, however wind can have an effect on the level of effort required. We aim to paddle early in the morning and less in the afternoon. There will be plenty of down time 🙂

Cancellation policy

If you cancel some or all portions of your booking, cancellation fees will apply. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation.

If you cancel a trip:
– 60 days or more prior to departure, we will retain the deposit
– Between 30-59 days prior to departure, we will retain the deposit and 80% of total booking cost
– Less than 30 days prior to departure, we will retain 100% paid by you in connection with your booking

Please read our full Terms and Conditions attached in your email. You must agree upon booking to these Terms and Conditions in writing before paying your deposit.



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