SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

All of our canoe adventure tours include open style Canadian canoes or single touring kayaks, life jackets, paddles, bailer and sponge, waterproof barrels for canoes and dry bags for kayaks, and delivery/pickup to starting/pickup points in the Lower Glenelg National Park!

Choose from our most popular half-day, full-day, or plan your own adventure using the map and table below (for a more detailed map of the river, download the Glenelg River Guide produced by Parks Victoria).

As an indication, the average person paddles around 4 km/ph, iron men paddle around 6-8 km/ph, families with younger ones around 3 km/ph and leisure seekers often prefer an easier 2 km/ph. Planning your adventure is as easy as working out how much paddling you’d like to do an any day, then select the campsites which fit your requirements!

These are some of our more popular trips. Please note, all trips can be booked in the reverse direction. Many other options are available, please contact us if you require further details.

We provide off street parking free of charge to our canoe camping customers at our property in Nelson.

Half Day Trips

  • Single Kayaks
  • 2 Person Canoe/Kayak

Other half-day trip options available.

FROMTODISTANCE
NelsonNelsonYour Choice
Donovan's LandingNelson7.8km
Dry CreekNelson9.4 km
Donovan's LandingTo river mouth Estuary area and return to Nelson
12.2 km

Day Trips

  • Single Kayaks
  • 2 Person Canoe/Kayak
FROMTODISTANCE
Saunders LandingForest Camp South14.3 km
Sandy WaterholeNelson15.6 km
PritchardsSapling Creek16.2 km
Sapling CreekDonovans Landing16.3 km
Moleside LandingBattersby's17.7 km
Saunders LandingSapling Creek19.4 km

2 Day Trips

  • Parks Vic camping fees of $5.60 per person per night are additional.
  • Select your campsite from the options below.
FROMTOOVERNIGHT DETAILS
Sapling CreekNelsonOvernight @ Lasletts
Sapling Creek to Lasletts: 9.5 km
Lasletts to Nelson: 14.6 km

TOTAL TRIP DISTANCE: 24.1 KM
Forest Camp SouthNelsonOvernight @ Lasletts
Forest Camp South to Lasletts: 14.6 km
Lasletts to Nelson: 14.6 km

TOTAL TRIP DISTANCE: 29.2 KM
Pines LandingSapling CreekOvernight @ Skipworth Springs
Pines Landing to Skipworth Springs: 17.7 km
Skipworth Springs to Sapling Creek: 12.5 km

TOTAL TRIP DISTANCE: 30.2 KM
PritchardsDonovans LandingOvernight @ Bowds
Pritchards to Bowds: 18.1 km
Bowds to Donovans Landing: 14.4 km

TOTAL TRIP DISTANCE: 32.5 KM
Battersby'sNelsonOvernight @ Lasletts
Battersbys to Lasletts: 18.0 km
Lasletts to Nelson: 14.6 km

TOTAL TRIP DISTANCE: 32.6 KM
Moleside LandingSandy WaterholesOvernight @ Georges Rest
Moleside Landing to Georges Rest: 18.5 km
Georges Rest to Sandy Waterholes: 16.2 km

TOTAL TRIP DISTANCE: 34.7 KM

3 Day Trips

  • Parks Vic camping fees of $5.60 per person per night are additional.
  • Select your campsites from the options below.
FROMTOOVERNIGHT DETAILS
Moleside LandingDonovans LandingOvernight @ Georges Rest then Lasletts
Moleside Landing to Georges Rest: 18.5 km
Georges Rest to Lasletts: 17.2 km
Lasletts to Donovans Landing: 6.8 km

TOTAL TRIP DISTANCE: 42.5 KM
Pines LandingDonovans LandingOvernight @ Skipworth Springs then Pattersons
Pines Landing to Skipworth Springs: 17.7 km
Skipworth Springs to Pattersons: 17.0 km
Pattersons to Donovans Landing: 11.8 km

TOTAL TRIP DISTANCE: 46.5 KM
Moleside Landing

*ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR TRIPS...
NelsonOvernight @ Georges Rest then Lasletts
Moleside Landing to Georges Rest: 18.5 km
Georges Rest to Lasletts: 17.2 km
Lasletts to Nelson: 14.6 km

TOTAL TRIP DISTANCE: 50.3 KM

4 Day Trips

  • Parks Vic camping fees of $5.60 per person per night are additional.
  • Select your campsites from the options below.
FROMTOOVERNIGHT DETAILS
Moleside Landing

*ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR TRIPS...
NelsonOvernight @ Skipworth Springs, Bowds then Lasletts
Moleside Landing to Skipworth Springs: 13.7 km
Skipworth Springs to Bowds: 14.4 km
Bowds to Lasletts: 7.6 km *on this day can do the Gorge Walk from Lasletts to Princess Margaret Rose Caves and do the guided underground cave tour
Lasletts to Nelson: 14.6 km

TOTAL TRIP DISTANCE: 50.3 KM

5 Day Trips

  • Parks Vic camping fees of $11 per person per night are additional.
  • Select your campsites from the options below.
FROMTOOVERNIGHT DETAILS
Pines Landing or Moleside LandingNelsonFirst day paddle up as far as you wish, then return to Moleside Landing for your first night. Distance: optional
Moleside Landing to Skipworth Springs: 13.7 km
Skipworth Springs to Bowds: 14.4 km
Bowds to Lasletts: 7.6 km *on this day can do the Gorge Walk from Lasletts to Princess Margaret Rose Caves and do the guided underground cave tour
Lasletts to Nelson: 14.6 km

TOTAL TRIP DISTANCE: 50.3 KM
DartmoorNelsonOvernight @ Pines Landing, Skipworth Springs, Bowds then Lasletts.
Dartmoor to Pines Landing: 18.7 km
Pines Landing to Skipworth Springs: 17.7 km
Skipworth Springs to Bowds: 14.4 km
Bowds to Lasletts: 7.6 km *on this day can do the Gorge Walk from Lasletts to Princess Margaret Rose Caves and do the guided underground cave tour
Lasletts to Nelson: 14.6 km

TOTAL TRIP DISTANCE: 73 KM

CAMPSITES

LOCATIONDISTANCE FROM DARTMOORDISTANCE FROM GLENELG RIVER MOUTH
Dartmoor*00 km75.2 km
Park Boundary13 km62.2 km
Pines Landing*18.7 km56.6 km
Moleside Landing*22.7 km52.5 km
Wild Dog Bend25.5 km49.7 km
Saunders Landing29.5 km45.7 km
Pritchard's32.7 km42.5 km
Skipworth Springs*36.4 km38.8 km
Battersby's40.4 km34.8 km
George's Rest*41.2 km34 km
Red Gum Landing42.2 km33 km
Forest Camp North43.8 km31.4 km
forest Camp South43.9 km31.3 km
Wilson Hall48.5 km26.7 km
Sapling Creek48.9 km26.3 km
Bowd's*50.8 km24.4 km
McLennan's Punt52 km23.2 km
Patterson Canoe Camp*53.4 km21.8 km
Hutchesson's54.7 km20.5 km
Sandy Waterhole57.4 km17.8 km
Laslett's*58.4 km16.8 km
Princess Margaret Rose Cave60.6 km14.6 km
Dry Creek (River Crosses Border)63.6 km11.6 km
Donovan's Landing65.210 km
Champman's (River Crosses Border)66.8 km8.4 km
Simson's Landing71 km4.2 km
Nelson Landing73 km2.2 km
River Mouth75.2 km0 km
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Canoe Hire

Canoe Adventures

Nelson Canoe Hire are the adventure tour specialists!

Some of Australia’s finest flat-water canoeing can be experienced along this 75 km stretch of the Glenelg River – from upriver snags, through rolling bush land and ancient gorges to the sweeping estuary.

Ideal for families, groups and couples, canoeing along this river is the ultimate way to experience the Lower Glenelg National Park. Plus, your hosts can happily deliver and pick you up from any accessible location on the river.

Hire and Pricing

Nelson Canoe Hire have over 70 canoes and kayaks available for hourly, half-daily, daily or multi-day hire. Check out the canoe adventures page for more information about multi-day camping trips!

Our two-person canoes and one-or-two-person kayaks are ideal go anywhere watercraft, getting you around with a minimum of fuss, quietly taking you in close to the abundant bird, fish and animal life in and around the river.

Paddle alongside 50 metre limestone cliffs, catch a fish, or paddle down to the estuary – there are so many excellent opportunities to take in all the Glenelg River has to offer.

Glenelg River

The Glenelg River flows through the 21,300 hectares of the Lower Glenelg National Park which was created in 1968 to preserve the lower reaches, and the most spectacular part of the Glenelg River – the limestone gorges.

The park is renowned for its diversity of flora and fauna. Fisherman may catch mullet, salmon, bream, perch and mulloway, while bushwalkers and campers can enjoy the part of the Great Southwest Walk which runs alongside the lower 40 km of the river. But, the best way to see this region is from the river.