Pack 'n' Paddle Self Guided
Overnight Hike and Paddle
Suitable for the novice walker and canoeist this trip is available all year. Starting from Dwellingup, hike the 13kms to Swamp Oak Hut along the Bibbulmun Track where you can camp overnight. Dwellingup Adventures will meet you at Island Pool with a canoe the next morning and transport your backpack to town as you swap to canoe mode and paddle the 6kms to Baden Powell Water Spout.
The walk to Swamp Oak Hut via the Bibbulmun Track is about 13.1kms. How long you take depends upon your level of fitness and experience. With a backpack allow 5 hours for a leisurely walk with plenty of breaks. Experienced hikers will be able to do it faster. Swamp Oak Hut is part of the chain of about 32 huts that span the length of the 963 kilometre Bibbulmun Track. The hut is a 3 sided shelter with wide tiered platforms used at a bunks. The hut has a water tank, pit toilets, picnic table, tent sites and a fire pit. The proximity to Dwellingup makes it a popular walk and it’s a good idea to take a tent if you prefer a bit more privacy. Take a stove for cooking. The canoe leg is 6kms and concludes at Baden Powell Water Spout. Baden Powell Water Spout is a severe drop that forms a grade 4 rapid in high water and exposed rocky formations in low water. The area is clearly signposted and to go past it you would need to take the canoe out of the water, carry it 300 metres around the waterfall past the car park and the sign that indicates Baden Powell The Murray River is reliant on natural rainfall patterns. Dwellingup Adventures will advise you if the water levels are unsuitable. What to Bring You will need to carry your overnight camping gear, water and food. Water is easily carried in saved milk containers. Food items that perish if wet will need to be stored in your dry barrel. Bring a change of clothes that you can leave in your vehicle in case you fall out, it happens every now and then.
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