Location: Six Hours North of Sydney, Australia
Rafting trips on the Nymboida River commence in Nymboi-Binderay National Park west of Coffs Harbour in New South Wales, Australia. This is about six hours North of Sydney, Australia.
Level of Difficulty: Class III-IV / Beginner – Intermediate
The Nymboida River is typically a Class III-IV river, but can turn into a Class V whitewater run after a lot of rain, when the river is flowing higher. Trips range from one to four days in length, and are a good option for people looking for either a short day of adventurous boating or a few days of wilderness camping and exciting rapids. First-timers should be fit and up for a high-paced introduction!
The Canyon: Deep Rainforest Gorges
The Nymboida River cuts deep gorges through Nymboi-Binderay National Park. On its way to its confluence with the Mann River, the Nymboida flows past walls of sloping granite, through jungle-like rainforests, and through true Australian bush country. There are a total of 25 rapids over the first 9 kilometers, which is the stretch that is run on one-day trips. On longer trips, boaters take breaks in between stretches of Class IV whitewater to enjoy deep pools perfect for swimming, and walk to the base of some of the canyon’s many waterfalls. Wildlife sightings often include a platypus, fresh water turtles, goannas, and exotic bird species like the Glossy Black Cockatoo.
Season: December – May (sometimes longer)
This river enjoys a longer season than some others in Australia, running from December all the way through May and sometimes into June, July, or August depending on winter precipitation and water levels.