With the purest air, the cleanest water, the most stunning waterways and an abundance of unspoiled nature and wildlife, Derwent Valley’s Western Wilds is a corner of Australia that is rapidly becoming a must-do for travellers keen to step off the beaten track and reconnect to nature. There is no better way to explore this magical place than from the seat of a kayak. Immerse yourself in the southwest of Tasmania and explore Lake Pedder’s amber waters, secret quartzite beaches and unique history. Our Lake Pedder Kayak Adventure can be best described as purchasing a VIP backstage pass to our local region. A must do half-day trip which combines adventure kayaking, world-class produce with jaw-dropping rugged Tasmanian mountain views. Be immersed in Tasmania’s UNESCO World Heritage Listed Wilderness. Explore Lake Pedder’s amber waters and secret quartzite beaches while untangling the region’s compelling history from a local guide. The Lake Pedder Kayak Tour is perfect for the first-timer paddlers as well as families and guests wanting to explore our spectacular Western Wilds wilderness. Tour includes morning tea, lunch and refreshments prepared by local, in season and world-famous Tasmanian produce. No prior kayaking experience is necessary.
Where: Pedder Wilderness Lodge
Joining us from Mount Field National Park? The tour duration is approximately 6.5 hours to take in the travel time and short stop at the Florentine Valley on return. Transfers from Mount Field National Park can be purchased for an additional $30 per person.
Joining us from Pedder Wilderness Lodge? The tour duration is approximately 3 hours.
What is your COVID 19 Policy and Plan?
If your travel plans have been impacted by COVID-19 your tour is flexible all the way up to 7* days before departure.
* Why 7 days? This gives us the time to alter our food supplies and staffing if need be.
Our COVID-19 Plan
So you can relax and enjoy your adventure we have implemented a COVID-19 Safety Plan. This will ensure that we look after ourselves and each other tomorrow. The main points are:
Please do not attend on the day if:
How much kayaking experience is required to join one of the trips?
While we do require you to be a confident swimmer and of reasonable fitness, no experience is required for our kayak tours! Our adventures are for everyone. Our trips are designed to cater to all levels of experience and abilities. The majority of people who join our tours are first time kayakers. All that we ask is that you welcome adventure with an open mind and are able to laugh and have fun when encountering the unexpected.
What you should I bring on the day?
All your mandatory safety equipment is provided, therefore, all you need to bring with you are some personal items to help make your day even more enjoyable. We recommend that you bring sunglasses, a cap or hat, a pair of shoes or sandals to wear on the river (they will get wet!), your swimsuit and/or shorts and a change of clothes. We also recommend a white long-sleeved shirt for guests kayaking on the Derwent River Adventure Experience.
Do I need to be in great shape to join one of the trips?
No. Our adventures are not considered to be strenuous or physically demanding, and we do not require a high level of fitness. We just ask that you are capable of a few hours of moderate exercise. Our kayaks do have weight restrictions and can carry up to 147kgs. Keep in mind that good general health will go a long way if we happen to encounter any difficulties. Most important is an adventurous spirit.
How stable are the kayaks? What is the likelihood of flipping over?
The kayaks we use on our tours are stable and designed for comfort. The likelihood of capsizing a kayak is minimal on our Lake Pedder and Twilight tours, and generally only occurs in an uncommon situation. On our Derwent River Experience the chance of capsizing becomes more likely and if your kayak flips over, our guides have ample practice time on the water with rescue procedures in order to quickly and efficiently get you back in your boat. If the need arises we will take you to the nearest shore to change into warm clothing and carry on with our journey. While we are out on the water, it is of utmost importance that the group sticks together in the event of a capsize or change of route plan.
What if the weather turns bad? Will I be comfortable and warm?
Our weather in Southern Tasmanian between November and May is generally pleasant. The temperature will vary slightly depending on which area you visit. For example, if you go on our Derwent River experience, it is not uncommon in mid-summer to savour a swim in the refreshing waters in order to cool off. Lake Pedder, a little further west and more exposed to weather, will generally have cooler temperatures. Although it is uncommon, it can rain in the summer. We provides light rain proof jackets in all the kayaks in case of unexpected rain and encourages all its guests to bring a warm set of clothes to change into if guests become cold, unexpectedly fall into the water, or to change into at the end of the tour if required.
We do not launch tours if we consider the weather conditions to be unsuitable for the group. If water conditions are good but the sky is cloudy or there is light rain, we will launch trips and expect clients to honour their bookings. Once a trip has started, the financial risk of weather disruption transfers to the client. No refunds will be given if a tour participant decides to leave a tour early. If your trip is cancelled due to bad weather and you cannot transfer to an alternative tour, we will refund any tour payments made.
Full payment of the tour fee is required upon booking to confirm participation. Cancellations made less than 30 days from departure will incur 100% forfeit of fee.
Please call us on our mobile 0417 008 422 . There are no fees payable for rescheduling your tour seven days prior to tour departure. We are unable to reschedule your tour within seven days of tour departure time. However, if the rescheduling is due to unsafe weather conditions no fee is payable.