The Nymboida River is a world-class whitewater-rafting river, which I was lucky enough to experience for myself. White water rafting is one of my all time favorite activities…. Well I have only been twice, once was down the Kicking Horse River in British Colombia, and once in Nymboida, but I can safely safe I LOVE IT! 2 hours out of Coffs Harbour is the Nymboida River, which is where our adventure took place.
Check out my facial expression (front left), GOLD.
Whitewater rafting on the Nymboida River – Our day
We met at 6-45 at the Coffs Harbour Jetty, where our guides greeted us. We hit the road almost immediately as everyone was wanting to get on the river as soon as possible. The bus ride to Platypus Flats, our take off area, took 2 hours.
We arrived at Platypus flats by 9am, where we enjoyed breakfast and coffee by the river. Platypus Flats is a day use and camping area with BBQ areas, shaded tables, fire rings and bathrooms. If you want to experience Australian National Parks at their best, I recommend coming out to Nymboida National Park and camping at Platypus Flats. Even if you can’t afford the white water rafting tour, it is still well worth exploring Nymoida, and chances are you will have the area to yourself.
After breakfast by the river we raced straight to our inflatable rafts where I was given the chance to meet the other 5 people in my boat. Then off we went….
The rapids of the Nymboida River range from class 1 to class 5, running through basalt sheer sided gorges, over waterfalls, through raging rapids and around rock obstacles. The river gives paddlers a challenge, many adrenaline hits, and a few scares.
We approached our first rapid straight away getting us pumped up for the 9km of rafting we had ahead of us. Now if you plan on staying dry…. Don’t count on it. We were drenched within the first few rapids, but trust me, you’ll be having to much fun to even notice.
As we floated through the gorges of the Nymboida River we were given a chance to admire the lavish Australian flora and fauna. Along the river we were surrounded by dense Australian vegetation and untouched temperate rainforest, offering tourists a unique Australian experience, and a high chance of seeing Australian wildlife.
But we couldn’t admire the wildlife for too long as rapids were quickly approaching. Our guide, Mike, was extremely friendly, experienced and knowledgeable on everything we needed to know. I felt extremely safe and confident the entire trip…. Even when I fell overboard. Haha.
Throughout the day we were given a few chances to swim in the Nymboida River, either floating down rapids or in one of the deep still pools. We were also able to go rock jumping.
As the white water rafting trip came to an end… We pulled up on the river bank to a BBQ lunch already prepared for us! Just what you feel like after 4 hours of paddling.
Overall I had a wonderful day white water rafting down the Nymboida River… It got my heart racing, adrenaline pumping and smile glowing. PERFECT DAY!
If one day on the river isn’t enough for you, you can take 2 day tours and camp overnight. The cost of a one day tour is around $185 and a two day tour is $380 with Liquid Assets.
Now since you made it this far through the blog, I thought i’d share the story of how the whitewater rafting tour came about. I was working in a cafe in my home town when one of the guides came in. We started chatting and he mentioned he was a whitewater rafting guide. He invited me along for a FREE tour- amazing. Point on the story, if your friendly great things happen.