Lawn Hill NP - Canoes

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 11:24
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I'm told the best way to see the gorge at Lawn Hill is by canoe. I am also hearing about the heavy demand on the hire canoes. We have a couple of kayaks, so I'm wondering if it is worth carting them across the country or to just rent some when we get there ? (We will stay at Adels Grove, thanks to previous posts) Also, do they rent life jackets for the kids ?
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Reply By: Member - Barry W (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 11:57

Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 11:57
We were there 2yr ago August, didn't have any prob getting canoes, there were 4 adults they do have large inner tubes which are available all the time for a gold coin donation to RFDS but you have to watch out for those inconsiderate people you find everywhere, get the tubes then take them back to camp untill there ready to use them, stuff everyone else. It is a fantastic spot and a canoe trip is a must
great swimming under the water falls at end of gorge. The hirer did have life jackets for kids, from memory he was from Adels Grove. We stayed at the gorge.
Have a great time
Barry
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Reply By: Tripp'n Around - Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 12:56

Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 12:56
Hi Longreach

You won't regret it and do take your time canoeing.
The second Gorge was open to canoe last year, they will close it off if the water is too low.
The waterfalls at the end are great and relaxing.
There is a platform & step structure there now that makes getting in and out of the water easier.

As for the canoes.............
In late June 2002 the canoes were being pre-booked, sign of the times.
Last year in 2004 the canoes were still being pre-booked (this was in peak times, school hols), maybe outside these times are better?
They have life jackets for kids and adults.
Last year the kids payed a holding fee ($50 from memory) then you pay, etc when you get back.
They also have water tight containers for rent and that money goes to the RFDS (so the kids were told).
Don't know who gets the canoe money, maybe the Savanah Guides to assist with their ongoing projects?

Adels do have canoes, there was only 1 or 2 there last year the rest were down at Lawn Hill being used.
If you have the time it is a nice quite place to canoe the creek, take the camera and video.
You may get to see the local "freshies', ask at the Kiosk if they are there.
At Adels they have a "beach" area for relaxing and a "rapids" for the more adventurous.

Enjoy.

Cya
Tripp'n
:)
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Reply By: Member - RockyOne - Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 14:22

Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 14:22
You'll love the canoe riide/paddle..Suggest go with another canoe,rather like motorcycling,more fun with two or more on leisure (non-commuting)..We never had to book (non-holiday period) and was only $ 8.00 hire..Top value..Take one of those little sandwich size Tupperware™ containers for your compact digi-cam..Will float if dropped in drink..Enjoy..Just checked..Canoes are now $10 for an hour..You go a l o n g way in an hour..Suggestion ! Walk down to the right of where you hire canoes,quietly,should see harmless "Freshwater" crocks sunning themselves in daylite on logs ..in water..Lucky you
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Reply By: Gully - Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 16:08

Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 16:08
Hi Longreach;
Don't forget to do the walk along Lawn Hill creek from the rangers office. There are some fantastic views from high above the creek. It really shows off the contrast between arrid savanah and the vegetation along the creek edge. The colours in the rocks are also spectacular. We also saw freshies floating in the creek from the high vantage point on the walk. If you don't take a camera of some sort you will well and truely regret it!

Have a great time, cheers.
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Follow Up By: Longreach - Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 18:00

Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 18:00
Many thanks everyone. Very informative.
Can't wait to get going !
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