Snowy River Wilderness Paddling Expedition
Byadbo Wilderness New South Wales - Mon 2nd November 2020

Max Participants:
Byadbo Wilderness New South Wales
Mon 2nd November 2020
Start Time:
End Time:
6 Days
6 Lunches 5 Dinners 5 Breakfasts 1 Afternoon Teas
Non-Member Cost:
$2300.00 per person
Member Cost:
$2200.00 per person
Deposit Required:
river rafting

The trip starts with paddling through sections of steep, rocky gorge country. Throughout the journey this opens up into open, scenic valleys, which emphasise the extent and remoteness of the Byadbo wilderness.The river includes a variety of paddling, from contemplative pools mixed in with grade 1 to 3 rapids.

Day one will involve paddle skills training which will be built throughout the trip and will endure through a lifetime.The trip offers ample, comfortable and sheltered camping, with plenty of opportunities for exploring or just sitting by the river at the end of each day.​

The steep granite gorges mean the only way to explore the river is by canoe/kayak, and for 40 years this river was made even more remote through the low river levels created by the Jindabyne dam.

The Snowy Hydro environmental restoration flows over the last few years have finally opened up one of the most breathtaking remote wilderness rivers in Australia. 

You will start your journey learning river safety and valuable paddling skills that will help you negotiate whitewater in the days to come. The river corridor boasts an array of wildlife. Admire the abundant platypus, and keep an eye out for the kangaroos, emus, wombats, water dragons and bird life including sea eagles that are often encountered. 

The majestic, rarely witnessed Snowy Falls acts as a gatekeeper to the Byadbo Wilderness. While previous paddling experience is not required, a love of the wilderness, along with a sound level of fitness is essential. 

Once you have traversed Snowy Falls, the remainder of the trip allows for a relaxed paddling experience through an environment that is akin to stepping back in time. Your Aboriginal guide will provide cultural interpretation and local knowledge of the area.  Let the river guide you through amazing granite formations surrounded by one of the last strong-holds of Cypress Pine in Australia. The Byadbo Wilderness is located within a rain shadow, enabling comfortable, open and dry camping. Spend your afternoons swimming, bushwalking the ridges, or relaxing with a book on your own private beach.

After over 20 years experience guiding and paddling countless rivers, we believe this section of the Snowy is the nicest multi-day wilderness paddling experience in Australia. The broad isolated granite gorges, abundant evidence of previous Indigenous occupancy and plentiful wildlife give this place an undeniable spiritual quality. We love the Snowy River, and we know you will too.


Snowy Falls
Loving this trip!
Aah the tranquility
Camping by the River
Just can't get enough of this country
Happy Day's - Photo: Vera Hong
Time for a break
Views from above Photo: Vera Hong
Little bit of Rapid Fun
Great Adventure for Young Girls
Camp Fire Stories


Please note map locations and route are approximate only


● â€‹â€‹Aboriginal guides available for interpretation of country and indigenous perspectives.

● Breathtaking wilderness.

● Snowy River Falls.

● Native Animals: Platypus, kangaroos, emus, sea eagles and the elusive quoll to name a few.​

● Indigenous artifacts abound as if they were used yesterday.

● 100’s of rapids from class 1 to 3.

● Multiple river gorges.

● Remote beach camping.

● No matter where you point your camera you capture amazing images.

● Be among the first to experience this incredible wilderness journey.


We meet at 7:30am at the Iona Gardens Café, Dalgety NSW - Vehicles can be left at the back of the café for the duration of the trip.

Participants staying in Cooma can organise to be picked up from accommodation if this is more convenient - please advise at the time of booking if you'd like this option.

We will be shuttled from Dalgety to the paddle put-in, along the Snowy River behind the small town of Delegate. It's a good idea to bring pocket money for the journey to and from the river for last minute items, snacks or souvenirs. Guides will inflate and pack inflatable kayaks, before conducting a comprehensive safety briefing. The rest of the day will be spent mastering the kayaks, refining paddling skills and enjoying fun rapids.

On arrival at camp we will introduce you to wilderness camping, prepare a hearty meal and then enjoy getting to know your other travelling buddies.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Kayak through the magnificent steep gorges and amazing granite formations of the Snowy. The cliffs and ridges are spectacular, falling directly to the river. We will portage and view the renown but rarely seen Snowy Falls, enjoying quiet pools mixed in with rushing rapids. Enjoy the evening with an open fire under the stars.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will paddle through the Cyprus pine forests barely viewed since European occupation. Your Aboriginal guide will take you for a hike up a tributary to carefully view an aboriginal site abundant with artefacts. This is the remotest section of the Snowy River. Enjoy the abundant wildlife whilst paddling through ‘Birdlife Bend’, platypus pools and fun safe rapids.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Groups Choice today - Lounge around on the sandy banks of the Snowy, go for a cultural guided walk or make up some kilometres paddling to your next campsite.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy the change in scenery as the gorge begins to widen giving way to vast stretches of rough wild bush. Paddle past sandy river banks, quiet contemplative pools and rocky rapids before arriving at yet another glorious campsite.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Paddle exhilarating rapids such as ‘Wet Cheeks’ and paddle past the Jacobs River tributary before arriving at your pick-up location (Halfway Flat, The Barry Way, Kosciusko National Park). Have afternoon tea before being driven back to your transport. We aim to have you back at your vehicle by 5:00pm

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea



Qualified, experienced wilderness and rafting guides

6 day guided wilderness expedition

All meals - from lunch day one to lunch day five healthy and nutritious meals

All rafting/kayaking equipment including wet-suits and spray jackets

All safety equipment including helmets and PFDs

All NSW Parks and Wildlife fees

Camping equipment including tents, mattresses, cooking facilities and tarps for your comfort - No Single Supp Required, you have the privacy of your own tent!

Satellite phone and EPIRB for emergency communications

Comprehensive first aid kit

High quality dry bags for your personal gear

6 Lunches

5 Dinners

5 Breakfasts

1 Afternoon Teas



Travel Insurance

Accommodation whilst in the Snowy Mountains

Alcoholic beverages

Packing list items - such as sleeping bag, socks, etc.

Additional personal items needed such as medication and toiletries


Riverside Camping in a tent to yourself unless you request a larger tent if you prefer to share with a friend.

What To Bring/Wear

- A packing list will be provided on booking, however please note that on a Snowy River trip all items required for the duration of the journey are packed onto the canoes you will be travelling on. Everything we take should be necessary for the journey, please read the packing list carefully and avoid unnecessary items.

More Information

Please note whilst we attempt to be as accurate as possible this is a true wilderness experience, where anything can happen. External factors such as weather, river levels and group progress usually influence the day’s events. Our aim is to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey is had by all.


Meeting Point: Iona Gardens Cafe and Nursery (2 Barnes Street, Dalgety NSW). 

The drive to Dalgety in the Snowy Mountains is five hours from Sydney and two hours from Canberra. You can fly from Sydney to the Snowy Mountains Airport, near Cooma, and rent a car for the 40 minutes’ drive to Dalgety, or talk to us about the option to pick you from Cooma to start to trip and drop you back to Cooma at the end of the trip.

No Princess Policy

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This tour by it's very nature is not designed for the 5 Star Traveller as you're camping! It is for the girl who has an 'adventurous spirit' and is looking for a unique and rewarding 'experience'.

The trip involves one long portage (on day 2) to negotiate (and view) the rarely seen but renown Snowy Falls and involves completing 70km of wilderness paddling.​

A positive mental attitude is required and a willingness to work as a team.

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Cancellation & Refunds

Payment represents your acceptance of the following terms and conditions:

Land management agencies - Our Local Operator - Alpine River Adventures are licensed to the National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW, who reserve the right to cancel trips for safety reasons. If this occurs we will work with you to reschedule your trip on a mutually suitable date. No administration fee will be incurred.


Rescheduling and trip alterations:

As our river experiences are offered in the outdoors we are subject to environmental changes - if these changes result in excess or insufficient water for our boats to safely negotiate the river the raft type or the location of the trip may be altered or your trip may be rescheduled. This policy is critical for the safety of our clients and staff. Deposits will not be refunded in this situation, as you will be offered the choice of a trip on another river or on the same river on another date.


Cancellations and refunds:

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, please notify us as soon as possible in writing by email.

Cancellation penalties are:

No Refund if you cancel 7 days or less prior to departure.

50% refund of cost of tour 21 days prior to departure

30 days or more prior to the trip we will refund 50% of deposit.

We regret we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies.

All prices are in Australian Dollars. Prices include GST and National Park fees.


Although there are few prerequisites for joining an Alpine River Adventures trip, weight restrictions may apply, and being healthy certainly makes the experience more rewarding. People with heart trouble and pregnant women should have a physician’s approval before taking a river trip. 

Update 19th September 2019 - ** Due to PayPal changing their policy to now retain fees even when we issue a refund we will be forced to pass this along. This means both partial and full refunds will be less the full fee charged by PayPal

Please ensure you read our complete cancellation policy  before booking