There are plenty of great activities for you to do once you arrive at Neurum Creek Bush Retreat. One of the most popular is canoeing up the creek. Whether you travel up the Delaneys Creek for about 2km to the Wallaby Waterhole or go north up the Neurum Creek, you can have lots of fun. For those of you who want to try canoeing for the first time, here are some of the basics.
Funnily enough, the best way of learning to canoe is to get into a real canoe and put it into some real water. That’s the action part, but first of all we need to take a quick look at some of the gear you will need. Of course you are going to need a canoe and paddles. There are many different types of canoe and paddle out there, depending on your purpose. You can get a basic one or two man canoe that would suit most beginners. The two man canoe is the most basic and most common. You can also buy canoes for different purposes including racing and recreational use. Taking your canoe on our local creeks is the definition of recreational canoeing.
Your fundamental paddle is a wooden pole with a blade at one end and a grip at the other. Sometimes you can have a double blade, one at each end. Again, the one you buy depends on what you want it for. For our purposes, a nice languorous trip up the creek, a very simple paddle should be all you need.
Safety is of prime importance when on or around water, so a life jacket is a must. You don’t have to spend a fortune to stay safe. Life jackets, also known as Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs), come in five different categories, but only a couple are suitable for canoeing. Ask your local stockist for more details. Tell them where you are going to be using the life jacket and under what conditions. It can be annoying to wear a life jacket when you’re leisurely paddling around on calm waters. It’s even more annoying to drown, so please wear the life vest at all times when canoeing!
You will have to bring your own canoe and gear when coming to the Bush Retreat as we don’t supply them. Before you decide to bring your canoe, give us a quick call to check if the water level is suitable. Seasonal rainfall can cause the creek to rise and fall.