MAPPED OUT: Clarence Valley's adventure stamp of approval
AFTER spending five days canoeing and kayaking over 195km of the Clarence River from the junction of the Nymboida and Little Nymboida Rivers to Copmanhurst, We Are Explorers founder Henry Brydon said it's your turn next.
The Economic Development team at Clarence Valley Council, in conjunction with Department of Industry (Lands) have now launched a map kit for the Clarence canoe and kayak trail to allow more people to enjoy some of the most scenic and exciting canoeing and kayaking in the world.
The We Are Explorers crew followed the new map kit, and Mr Brydon said it's been an epic adventure.
"We spent five days basically exploring different parts of it from the white water, hard core sections to the flatter, more gentler sections like at Copmanhurst," he said.
"We did all the hot spots on the new trail, we did the junction to start with, been through Buccarumbi, we did the crazy section three and four, which is the main rapids section, which was awesome and had awesome names like Tombstone and Demoltion Derby, New Zealand falls, and so we hit all these crazy rapids as well, explored The Gorge and been camping, so we feel like we've achieved a lot in five days."
Mr Brydon said the map kit embodied the spirit of micro-adventuring, a concept that promotes making the most of any time off to explore the great outdoors.
"We're all about this idea of micro-adventures, which is basically packing your weekends with as much adventure as you can possibly get out of it," he said.
"We basically like to get out and explore all the nooks and crannies of Australia that are a little lesser known.
"I guess we all want to live a more adventurous life, but I think a lot of people assume adventure is taking a couple of years off to explore Everest, climb mountains or explore deserts, but I think that's a slightly dodgy term.
"We want to have an adventure but we're trying to create something that's more relateable. This idea of micro-adventure takes that same spirit of adventure and excitement you get from a big trip, and actually cram it all into something that's a lot more accessible, low cost and achievable."
Clarence Valley Council Mayor Jim Simmons said the map kit is a promotion and information tool and joins the suite of trail map kits produced by Department of Industry (Lands).
"The map kit meets quite a few strategies within the broader Clarence River Way project, council's multi-award winning regional tourism and infrastructure investment program," he said.
"It shows where and how to access the rivers, where to stay along the way and of course safety information in regards to the rapids and levels of experience needed to complete particular sections."