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Water sports

Cool off during the summer months in the lakes and rivers of the High Country or hit the white water in canoes and kayaks. From swimming, boating and sailing to water-skiing, kayaking and canoeing, the High Country offers an endless array of water-based fun.

Summertime fun

Swimming is a big part of life in the High Country. Camp out with the family beside the region's pristine waterways and splash about with the kids on those hot summer afternoons. Join locals and visitors alike and dive into tranquil lakes and quiet rivers, mountain streams or water holes.

Cruising rivers and lakes

Grab your oars and canoe or kayak around the waters of Lake Eildon, Lake Catani on Mount Buffalo, and the Ovens and Buckland rivers around Bright. Made famous by The Castle, Lake Eildon is bigger than Sydney Harbour and popular with house boaters, wakeboarders and water skiers alike.

Try your hand at dragon boating at Rocky Valley Dam near Falls Creek and catch the spectacle of professionals competing every January.

Building up speed on rivers and rapids

Enjoy summer on the beautiful Howqua and Delatite rivers near Mansfield. Observe the ratings guides and canoe and kayak or increase the adrenaline and go white-water rafting on a challenging stretch of river. Be aware that high water means high rapids and these should only be tackled by experienced paddlers.

For unforgettable white-water rafting experiences, head for the Mitta Mitta River, which runs through the Alpine National Park. Raft along a spectacular granite ravine, past 18 kilometres of rock formations through numerous grade three and four rapids. The King is another excellent white water rafting river, with over 40 rapids from grade 2 to grade 4.

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Water sports

Lakes & waterways

Goulburn River

Take time to explore Victoria's longest river, which flows through rugged Alpine country, ancient river red gum forests and rich agricultural land.


Ovens River Kayak - Billabongs

River Tribe Adventures

This route has to be one of the best along the Ovens River with its rich flora and fauna, amazing river vistas and a real feeling that you are far...

From $79


Paddle For Picnic - Ovens River

River Tribe Adventures

There are plenty of picnic spots to choose from on this spectacular river with many beaches, gentle grassy banks and little river offshoots. You can...

From $99 - $198

National parks & reserves

Lake Eildon National Park

Head to this hot spot for water sports enthusiasts. Enjoy swimming, canoeing, water skiing and sailing, and find plenty of spots to cast a line.

Lakes & waterways

Lake Nagambie

Take in expansive views across the water at Jacobsons Lookout, enjoy a picnic on the grassy banks, or stroll across the historic Goulburn Weir.


Tarrawingee Kayak

River Tribe Adventures

An adventurous day out on the Ovens River spotting Kingfishers, turtles and maybe dropping a line in to catch a local trout. This longer paddle is...

From $89 - $119


Ovens River White Water Kayaking

Bright Adventure Company

Come and adventure around Bright, in the beautiful Ovens River valley. Situated less than four hours drive north from Melbourne, Bright is the...


Kayaking - Adventure Guides Australia

Adventure Guides Australia

If you are wanting to keep cool in summer then this activity is for you. Adventure Guides Australia have various kayaking options available to suit...


Kayak Camp on the Ovens River

River Tribe Adventures

An amazing overnight kayaking experience on the stunning Ovens River. Paddle by day and camp at night with a bushfire and a few beers. The twinkling...

From $129 - $199

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