Inflatable Kayak Yes or No

Submitted: Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 15:51
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Hello, we are heading up remote queensland (Lawn Hill National Park) from South Australia and rather than transport kayaks on roof has anyone had or used, or can recommend an inflatable kayak ??? Or are they a waste of money ??? Thought this might be option to explore. thanks heaps :)
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Reply By: Crusader - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 16:25

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 16:25
If you are wanting it only for Lawn Hill - you can hire them there.

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Follow Up By: goldlink - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 16:29

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 16:29
Hi, thanks, yes we are wanting it for lawn hill but thought we might do some more exploring on the way up! I did ring Adels Grove and found out about the hiring of the canoes, just weighing up what is best to do. thanks again :)
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Reply By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 16:47

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 16:47
We have a Gumotex Solar that can be configured for up to three people. We use it as a double.

Comes in a back-pack style carry bag and weighs in at around 20kg all up with pump and is compact when folded. Easy/quick to inflate and is very robust...

We store ours up in the canopy of the vehicle so wherever we go there is an option to get out on the water if we want to.

Brand new will set you back around $1,100, but I'm sure there will be cheaper alternatives around...

Enjoy your trip...

Cheers, Baz - the Landy

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Reply By: Ron A - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 16:59

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 16:59
On our last visit to Lawn Hill we hired canoes however we found we had the most fun floating around on our portable flotation devices. Ours fold up quite small, are easy to inflate and can also get us out of trouble in need.

It would also be quite easy to carry a small plastic paddle to make it easy to travel longer distances.
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Reply By: Member - JOHN C16 - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 17:28

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 17:28
I have had a Sevylor XK2-SVX200D for 8 years.It has been used extensively in rivers and the ocean and is still in new condition. It can be used by one or two people, weighs 34 lbs, can carry 650 lbs and cost about $1,100. It has paid for itself many times over.

In the Lawn Hill area we used it to paddle Lawn Hill, the Gregory River from Gregory Downs and the Nicholson River from Kingfisher Camp.

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Reply By: Member - firmy (NSW) - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 17:35

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 17:35
Hi there we have a Clear Blue Hawaii kayak with transparent bottom, had it for years taken it twice around the country a bit dearer than most but well worth it.
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Saturday, Feb 04, 2017 at 06:31

Saturday, Feb 04, 2017 at 06:31
We have a Hobie Mirage i9S which travels in it's own carry bag, sort of like a large suitcase. It works really well, very stable and the Mirage pedal system leaves your hands free for photography or fishing etc. Expensive but built to last.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Feb 04, 2017 at 14:34

Saturday, Feb 04, 2017 at 14:34
Hi Goldlink

If you already have kayaks, why spend more money when you do not have to. I would presume you are heading up via Birdsville, and the are an number of great places to put the kayaks in all the way up through.

It is unreal at Lawn Hill and Adels Grove is a great place to set up your base, and you can even have a camp fire, something that you can not do in the National Park.

Have a great trip in a real piece of paradise.


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Reply By: Sigmund - Saturday, Feb 04, 2017 at 15:24

Saturday, Feb 04, 2017 at 15:24
Used a Sevylor K79 for years. White water, surf, lakes. Great fun to backpack it into the headwaters of a river and paddle down it.

Sharp rocks can cut the floor wall so you carry waterproof tape for quick repairs and have to learn vinyl patching for lasting ones.

But the price is right.
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Reply By: The Bantam - Monday, Feb 06, 2017 at 00:37

Monday, Feb 06, 2017 at 00:37
Just having ammusing thaughts of a cartoon involving a blow up kayak and a crocodile
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