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Canoe Evans River paddle route

Bundjalung National Park

Overview

Try this paddle route along the Evans River in Bundjalung National Park on the north coast for fabulous wildlife and birdwatching.

Where
Bundjalung National Park
Distance
8km one-way
Time suggested
3hrs
Grade
Medium
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • You can launch your canoe from Gummigurrah picnic area
  • Check the weather before you set out as Evans River paddle route can be affected by floods when it rains
  • You'll find toilet facilities in Evans Head; there are no toilet facilities at Gummigurrah picnic area
  • It’s a good idea to take insect repellent with you

If you want a water based adventure without getting your feet too wet, it could be hard to pass up the chance to paddle up the Evans River at the northern tip of Bundjalung National Park. Here, the river, ocean and rainforest meet in a festival for the senses.

Paddling upstream from Gummigurrah picnic area, the outside world will melt away as you pass river islands, mangroves, rainforest as well as heathland and coastal banksia. A birdwatching paradise, listen for the distinct call of the eastern whip-bird and the toy trumpet like call of the rare barred cuckoo shrike. You might glimpse shorebirds such as the white faced heron or pied oystercatcher.

At dawn and dusk, eastern grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies and swamp wallabies often come out to feed. Scour the tops of nearby trees and there could be a sleeping koala or two. Stretch your legs along Gummigurrah walking track after returning.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

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Evans River paddle route, Bundjalung National Park. Artist: Rob Cleary