Parents of Paddlers


The excitement of the rapids is well complemented by the peaceful, pristine, natural gorges that engulf us as we venture further downstream. Wilderness campsites far from civilisation provide the backdrop for impressive stargazing opportunities as we commune around the campfire by night.

Being in canoes creates a platform for a much more intimate understanding of self and of the water. It is not like the gun-ho, guided experience of a rafting adventure. Instead boats are paddled in pairs, facilitating an opportunity for participants to develop trust, communication and understanding, as well as experiencing first hand the outcome of their paddling decisions. The Clarence river has a safe, drop-pool style, so capsizes and mistakes are harmless fun, with ample room to collect our wits and process our experiences in the calm pools below.

We use the river as a powerful metaphor. As we negotiate the rapids in our canoes, we will also be exploring and negotiating our inner lives. Through group work, games, exercises and personal reflection we will build resilience and connection giving you both a treasured experience that you will draw from for years to come!


A weekend paddling adventure along the Clarence river with a group of other adventurous mothers and fathers whose  sons and daughters have joined us here as part of their Duke of Ed or Outdoor Education programs at school. Come and experience what your children did, so you can compare stories, and keep exploring, learning regardless of your age or experience level. A great opportunity to connect with others in your school community in a new way. We will be riding nature’s natural rollercoaster and enjoying places that can only be accessed by canoe.

Join us on:

23-25th October, 2020

2 days, 2 nights of connection

Please contact the Clarence River Wilderness Lodge to book your first nights accommodation, with the option to camp, or enjoy their luxury Bell tents, quaint tree huts or rustic cabins on site. You might even like it here so much you want to stay on Sunday evening too?

Clarence River, Northern NSW

What’s Included:

Qualified & experienced Whitewater Guides to keep you safe on the water (they’ll be bringing their daughters, granddaughters or mums too).

Delicious Nutritious Food for your entire stay – From light appetisers on Friday evening, to a wholesome lunch on Sunday. Featuring: Local, Organic, Sustainable produce.

Wilderness Camping under more than 5 stars, with nights spent sharing stories by the fire.


Canoes, Paddles, Barrels, Lifejackets, Helmets and all other rescue gear

Wilderness First Aid kit and Satellite Phone

Campsites, National Park Permits


Tent and Sleeping Mattress can be hired by adding them to your cart.