Fed by pristine waters tumbling down from Barrington Tops, the Barrington River offers exciting paddling adventures for modern day explorers.
The Barrington River is one of several major rivers to be born in the high altitude wetlands of Barrington Tops, the highest point of the Barrington Coast. On this high plateau - the eroded remains of an ancient shield volcano - there are snow gums and cool temperate rainforests of Antarctic beech perched high above the steep valleys.
As the crystal clear water from these rivers tumble from the rugged peaks, they form into the iconic nature of the Barrington Coast - a place where the leaves touch the waters from the mountains to the sea. Once you've paddled on the Barrington River you'll understand this beautiful phrase.
Paddle like an explorer on the Barrington River, it's renowned for scenic beauty.
Where the Barrington River is born
The Barrington River is formed in the high altitude valley below Mount Barrington near Edwards Swamp. It flows eastwards for 93 kms and descends 1,370 metres before joining the Gloucester River at the town of Gloucester.
The Barrington River is renowned for its paddling and scenic beauty. It offers reliable water for canoeing and kayaking as it flows through scenic gorges, forming white water rapids in its upper section, and calm flowing pools in its lower section as it passes verdant farmland.
Paddle like an explorer
Fed by waters descending from Barrington Tops, the Barrington River offers exciting paddling adventures for modern day explorers, that suit their experience levels. Families and beginners can paddle easy sections with gently flowing water, grade 1 rapids and plenty of fun. For more experienced paddlers there are trickier parts of the river, more challenging rapids and more exhilaration. Are you up for it?
Two-person Canadian canoes are suitable only for the section of the river below Rocky Crossing on Barrington West Road. Single-person kayaks can be used on all stretches of the river. Choose from half day or full day guided tours (equipment, guide and transport) or self-guided paddling packages (equipment and transport) or equipment hire-only (BYO roof racks or trailer).
As rivers are wild places, all paddlers should wear floatation vests and suitable helmets. Minimum age limits apply to different sections of the river and of course you do need one essential skill: the ability to swim.