Our starting point for Shoalhaven Gorge Kayak is Tallowa Dam, a concrete gravity dam, located on the Shoalhaven River, where it converges with the Kangaroo River. We paddled upstream to Fossickers Flat which is about 13km’s all up and camped overnight then return the following day. This is also a power boat free stretch of water so peace, quiet and exercise is pretty much guaranteed.
Tallowa Dam, is an easy 20 km drive from the picturesque town of Kangaroo Valley. There is a picnic area, barbecues, toilets, parking area, and a flat bank for launching the kayaks. You can camp at the Dam if you wish to get an early start.
Kangaroo valley Kayaks will drop off kayaks on weekend during summer at 9am or as you organise with them. Our group of friends met at the dam at 9am and we didn’t actually leave until about 10:30am. As you kayak towards Fossickers Flat the Shoalhaven Gorge narrows and a few good lunch spots can be found around the 6km mark.
Campsites are limited around the Fossickers Flat area and are on a first in first serve basis. Two larger sites have pit toilets but many other little patch of grass suitable for pitching tents are around.
It’s about a 3 hour kayak so i generally try and leave by 9am to get back to Tallowa Dam by midday, freshen up and pack stuff in the car then head for the “Friendly Inn” in Kangaroo Valley.