Katarapko Camp & Kayak Expedition
Murray River National Park South Australia - Fri 26th May 2023

Max Participants:
Murray River National Park South Australia
Fri 26th May 2023
Start Time:
End Time:
3:30pm approx
3 days
Non-Member Cost:
$485.00 per person
Member Cost:
$435.00 per person
Deposit Required:
backtobasics camping kayaking

The Riverland has some of the best backwaters and camping spots in South Australia ..... Kayaking/Camping is a great way to experience all that the river & wetlands have to offer!

On this no fuss, no frills expedition, you will be joined by a local guide & our own highly experienced Adventurous Women host Leonie on the journey, both of whom will provide you with plenty of support along the way.  This trip is suitable for first timers or those with experience, however an adventurous spirit is required as the camping experience itself is basic, and designed to provide you with a real sense of being in nature as we paddle and camp around the Katarapko (Kat-are-ap-ko) section of the Murray River National Park, stopping each afternoon at a different riverside camp to enjoy what the local areas to offer.

* Guests will need to supply their own food but we will organise for you to meet with Leonie, your highly experienced host, a couple of weeks prior to the trip to work out the logistics and decide on food.

🚗 If you're interested in car-pooling down to Berri, join the conversation on the SA private Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/AdventurousWomenSA



Setting up camp
Happy Paddlers
Sunset Reflections
Friendly Roos
Camping along the river
Heading toward Booky Cliffs
Heaps of Fun!


Please note map locations and route are approximate only


● Gliding through a series of scenic wetlands and meandering creeks in the Murray River National Park

● A beautiful new campsite each day including Bookpurnong Cliffs and Katarapko Creek

● Wonderful array of native birdlife and inquisitive kangaroos

● Optional short walking trails at campsites

● Aboriginal sites

● Opportunity for a sunset/ dusk kayak experience

● Nature thriving from environmental water flows under the "Katfish Reach" scheme.


For those wanting to carpool or drive together you will need to meet Leonie, your AW Host in the carpark of Bunnings, Cnr of Main North Rd and Kings Road, Parafield at approximately 7.30am with the aim for everyone to meet up around 10-10:30am at Banrock Station and Wetlands, Kingston on Murray for a short walk and possibly a wine tasting before enjoying a delicious lunch and making our way

(If you're interested in carpooling join the conversation on the SA private Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/AdventurousWomenSA)

Exact locations will be supplied in your notes after booking.

After lunch we stop in Berri briefly for any fruit and vegetables before making our way to our launch point in Gurra Gurra Creek. After a short briefing we'll then begin our first paddle to our campground opposite Bookpurnong Cliffs (approx 2.5 kms paddling).

On arrival at Bookpurnong Cliffs, we will set up camp and enjoy a little chill out time, or if wanting to stretch your legs there's an option to take a stroll on one of two walks which our lead guide will point out to you.

Afterwards we've got a beautiful little sunset paddle lined up into Gurra Gurra Creek to spot possums and enjoy the sunset before returning to camp for dinner & drinks. (2-3km paddling).

(Total paddling distance for the afternoon approx 5 kms)

Meals: None included

Setting off in the morning, the group will paddle downstream on the Murray, through the Ajax Achilles Lakes and Lock 4 to the entrance to Katarakpo Creek. From there we'll either continue directly along Katarapko Creek or along Sawmill Creek and The Splash. From either of the chosen routes we'll camp at a campsite on Katarapko Creek, our destination for the day.

(Total paddling distance is approximately 17km)

End of the day, we will pull up at a nice little spot near the river and set up camp for the night.

Meals: None included

This morning we will pack up camp and enjoy a relaxing paddle through to Milich Landing (approximately 6kms) where the bus will be waiting to ferry us back to Berri to enjoy a final lunch at a location to be decided. Your AW Host Leonie will be returning to Adelaide in the afternoon and welcomes you to join her in the convoy back ... or you may just choose to spend the evening in Berri to finish out your little break away!

Please note: Our expected return time to Adelaide is approximate

Meals: None included


3 day, 2 night kayaking trip in the Katarapko section of the Murray River National Park.

One qualified Kayak Guide/Instructor

One Adventurous Women® Host

Double Touring kayaks

Dry bags - 2 or 3 each

Tents (2 to a 3 person tent or 4 to a 5 person tent)

Sleeping Mats

Gas Stove - "lunchbox" style - for 2-4 people

Cooking Utensils (inc. wash bowl & cleaning items) - for 2-4 people

Eating Utensils - one "dilly bag" each

8L "Pack Tap" Water Bag

Camping Stool

Head Torch

Dry bag with toilet paper, spade and soap - one per tent group

Transport to launch point near Berri and from finish point near Loxton (one-way trip)


Meals/Food (we will provide a suggested list of items suitable for this style of trip)

Sleeping Bag

Protective clothing (sun/rain)


The tents supplied are either twin share or quad share and each evening your name will go into a draw to see who will be your tent buddy/s.   
If you wish to bring your own one person tent that's fine but please ensure it's not too bulky and let us know that we don't need to supply one for you.

What To Bring/Wear

- Gear List Provided on Booking

- Food - We will provide a list of suitable food/meals to help you prepare for the experience

- You can bring air beds or self-inflating mats to go on top of the sleeping mats supplied and any other not-too-bulky items for greater comfort if you like.

More Information


The Kayaks are Double Touring Kayaks, however if you would prefer to have a single kayak for the duration we can accommodate you at the additional charge of $35.00. 

This is a great experience suitable for beginners through to experienced paddlers / and all fitness levels

idea Please Note: Fruit and vegetables CANNOT BE TAKEN INTO OR OUT of the the Riverland (even with a receipt) but they are readily available locally in Berri and the surrounding area. Fines apply both ways now as fruit fly has been found in some Riverland areas.

No Princess Policy

Princess crossed out

This tour by its very nature is not designed for the 5 Star Traveller. It is for the girl who has an 'adventurous spirit' and is looking for a unique and rewarding 'experience'!  You need to be able to adopt a "Go With The Flow" attitude, a willingness to have a go, work as a team .... and to be 'ok' with bush camping (no showers, drop toilets or at times, no toilets)

Due to the nature of the trip, weather conditions can have a major impact on our daily activities so plans may need to be changed or adjusted depending on the challenges we face

Cancellation & Refunds

Notice of cancellation must be in writing, with an email as an acceptable form of communication, directly to Adventurous Women with the following conditions:

  • 60 days or more - Full refund 
  • 30 - 59 days prior to trip departure - Full refund less a $20 admin fee
  • 29  - 22 days or less prior to departure date - 50% Refund 
  • 21 days or less prior to departure date, no refund is given

No refund is available after departure of a tour has commenced.

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