The Derwent River Rapids Kayak Tour

A tour for the adventurers, paddle downstream through grade 2 rapids on the mighty River Derwent, take in sweeping views of the iconic Wellington Range and enjoy a locally prepared lunch by a waterfall.

Review for Derwent River Tours
What a day on the Derwent River Rapids!
Reviewed 19 December 2016

5 out of 5 experience, this is one of the best family adventure tours we’ve ever done! We were first time kayakers but the Tassie Bound team made us feel relaxed and confident right from the start.

Delicious lunch provided, catering to dietary requirements. They make such an effort to personalise the experience for each group extending our tour because of the lovely weather.

This is an inspiring new tour company, Liam and Fiona have got every detail right. This should be on the top of your to do list!

Thank you Liam, Max & Fiona!!

  The Derwent Valley kayaking day tour begins with a pickup in New Norfolk, 30 minutes northwest of Hobart. We commence our paddling tour with a short scenic drive into the Upper Derwent Valley, offering views of Mount Field National Park and surrounding lush farmlands.

This 5 hour kayaking tour commences at the mouth of the Styx River. Paddle downstream into the mighty Derwent River to take in sweeping views of the iconic Wellington Range, pass under historic railway bridges and perhaps even see a platypus, a sea eagle or some acrobatic trout before stopping for a fresh gourmet riverside lunch by a local waterfall.

After lunch, the Derwent River builds in momentum and tranquility gives way to adventure as we encounter the first of three rapids at Broken Bridge, a novice slalom course popular with the local clubs and community. In between, serenity resumes fleetingly before the biggest challenge, the natural roller-coaster of the Train Bridge which is sure to get the adrenaline running!

The day tour ends at the fittingly named jetty “Paradise”, where group photos are taken and light refreshments are offered before making our way back to New Norfolk.

Staying in Hobart and need transport?
This tour links with the local coach service, O’Driscoll Coaches.


TRIP DURATION 5 hours (3 hour paddle time)
TOUR TIME 10am – 3pm
Tour departs from Hawthorn Lodge car park, 1733 Glenora Road, Bushy Park in the Derwent Valley (approximately 50 minutes drive from Hobart or 15 minutes from Mount Field National Park). Or if catching the coach, New Norfolk Central bus stop.


  • Scenic 15km drive from New Norfolk to the mouth of the Styx River, Bushy Park
  • 1/2 introductory talk and safety demonstration
  • 3.5 hour paddle tour down the Derwent River rapids
  • Fully catered lunch made from fresh and in season local produce – View Sample Menu
  • Photo of the day and transfer back to local drop off points
  • We provide Wetsuits for cooler days

COST $150.00 per person
FAMILY RATE $550 (2 adults two children)
We can accommodate up to 8 people per tour and tandem kayak is available


Any questions? Please refer to our FAQs or call us on 0417 008 422.

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