River conditions, river flow, river levels and seasonal changes… the Ovens River is one of the last natural rivers in Victoria. Typically water levels increase in autumn and start to decrease in summer with the lowest point traditionally being late summer to autumn. High flows are traditionally late winter and into spring however this is dependent on rain falls and snow melt.

Water speed assists with fast tracking a kayaker when paddling with the flow, the speed of the water obviously increases with river height, rainfall and is influenced by the seasons. You can take advantage of low flows in the warmer months by paddling against the current which makes the Tarrawingee base camp a great spot to camp and explore from.

Please note that all routes are tested regularly to allow River Tribe to pass on information to guests that is up to date. It is normal to have a few tree obstacles where a kayaker has to transition with the kayak by foot via a river beach. Locations often change as trees often fall and create new obstacles and habitats for fish and other native species. The route between Everton and Tarrawingee has more obstacles in the river than the Tarrawingee to Wangaratta route. The route between Tarrawingee to Wangaratta has 3-4 tree blocks of varying size. Some blocks are easily transitioned by kayak and some may require kayakers to hop over or drag the kayak over a log or beach area. This is all part of the adventure and is relatively easy. It is also a good thing to get out of the kayak every hour or so to stretch, move and maybe explore.

Departure and return times…

09:30 - it is recommend that guests depart at this time in order to capitalise on the adventure.

Adventurers can call the tour guide when they are ready to exit the river. River Tribe will meet you at one of the ovens river exit points and provide a transfer to your accommodation or back to your car/train station in Wangaratta.

Additional nights:
Adventurous kayakers can stay out for longer for only $75/person/per night. This is inclusive of tent, equipment and kayaks.


Overnight kayaking is an amazing experience especially in the North East and along the Ovens River. Paddle by day and camp at night with a bushfire and a few beers.  The twinkling stars will keep you company and in the morning enjoy an exclusive view of the river.

For overnight kayak adventures you have a few two options. Option 1, Build Your Own Adventure where you choose where to launch and how long you go. If you need equipment and supplies River Tribe can supply: kayaks, dry bags, dry box, transfers, tents, camping equipment and food.  Option 2, Tarrawingee Base Camp is a 2 day, 1 night adventure with equipment provided and options for food provisioning.


The Tarrawingee base camp is an established Parks Victoria public camp-ground overlooking the ovens river and is free to use. Other spots along the river can also be utilised. The camp ground has plenty of flat areas for tents and is a great spot to explore, drop a line in, go for a swim and escape the hustle and bustle. Fires are allowed here and fire wood is available from river tribe (fire restrictions may apply during fire season). The costs for this adventure are:

  • Tarrawingee launch $300 for 2
  • ​Everton Launch $330 for 2
  • Additional night on the river $79/person (including kayak hire and all camping equipment). Food/ice restock service offered $65 + cost of food.
  • The above options include kayaks and equipment, launch and pick up, tent, roll up mats and mini kitchen (Please bring your own sleeping bags).
  • Sleeping bag hire is available for $15/person for the first night and $5/night thereafter. (includes sleeping bag and cotton liner. Note: The cotton liner is cleaned after each use).​​​

Kayakers are picked from Wangaratta and and taken upstream to one of the two launch points. Transfers are provided from the train station, your accommodation in Wangaratta or from a designated area with free and safe parking.

DAY 1...
Guests can choose from one of two launch points:

Everton launch. This allows kayakers to paddle 12km downstream from Everton to the Tarrawingee base camp. The 12km paddle takes approximately 2-4 hours and is a gentle easy going adventure. During the months of January through March the river levels drop revealing tree obstacles and this provides a more adventurous trip recommended for the more enthusiastic paddlers looking for a challenge.

Tarrawingee launch. Kayakers that launch here set up and immediately relax into camp life or load up your kayaks and go find an alternative camp spot. With the whole day in front of you guests can paddle upstream, go for a swim, relax with a book or go fishing for dinner, the local trout make for good eating.

DAY 2…
Campers enjoy a wake-up call of the local birds and can enjoy breakfast with an exclusive view of the river. At some point during the relaxing morning it will be time to break camp and head out for a smooth paddle adventure along the stunning ovens river. The Tarrawingee to Wangaratta paddle adventure is an easy downhill section of the river, some guest have paddled it in 4 hours, some take the whole day. Paddlers can stop along the way for a picnic, fish the snags and enjoy the flora and fauna.

 The distance from Tarrawingee to Wwangaratta is approximately 24km. Kayakers that wish to exit the river before the 24km point can do so at the following exit points: 16km, 18km or 20km (no additional fee). Just call and river tribe will spring into action.


These vary greatly and depend on how fast a kayaker paddles, how many stops are taken and for how long. The table below provides a guide on the distances and times.


River Tribe has a fleet of 16 Wavedance brand kayaks. The Kingfisher model is the largest and predominantly used (pictured below) kayak for River Tribes tours. These are perfect for overnight trips, fishing, camping, and distance kayaking and day trips. They track straight through the water, are comfortable, stable, safe and easy to paddle. The novice will be paddling with ease within 10 minutes and the experienced kayaker will love the comfort, storage and ease of use.

The Kingfisher can go anywhere, is perfect for day and overnight trips and is an excellent donkey in terms of lugging equipment and weight.

Optional extras...

1 night B&B studio: $99/night
Creek views and a 10 minute walk to Wangarattas’ CBD. The studio offers private entry to a large studio at the rear and away from the house. The studio comes with private ensuite and large living space.

Equipment drop and camp set up: $65
Let river tribe do the heavy lifting and camp set up for you. All you have to do is paddle, explore and relax.

Fire pack for 1 night: $25
Includes paper, fire starters, kindling, timber and of course some marshmallows.

Two day food provisioning

Includes day 1: lunch and dinner and day 2: breakfast and lunch.

  • Filling feast: $65/person
  • Local gourmet produce: $99/person

Both options are based on twin share, please find the menu below.

The Kingfisher FACTS...

  • 2 large cover hatches.  The hatches measure approximately 80cm x 60cm.
  • Storage underneath each hatch has approximately 40-50 litre capacity: large enough to store a tent, food, compressed sleeping bag and the above listed provisions.
  • An exposed storage compartment is behind the seat and measures approximately 50cm x 40cm.
  • Two fishing rod and/or fishing net storage abuts the seating area
  • Two Railblaza star ports sit on deck next to the foot well area (suitable for electronic gadgets, holders and other specialist equipment.

Kayak specifications

  • Length: 4.1m,
  • Width: 760mm,
  • Weight: kayak = 26kg,
  • Load capacity = 180kg (paddler and gear).

The Kingfisher combines the advantages of a sit-on-top with the efficiency of a traditional sea kayak and can be used in flat water, moderate ocean conditions and slow flowing rivers and lakes.

These kayaks are designed to take you and your gear efficiently where you want to go with a huge load capacity of 180 kg. There is enough room for a dog or a child in-between the adults legs. The kingfisher has two large hatches and a large cargo well allowing easy access to your fishing tackle, dive, camping and other gear.

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Pack light and practical for the environment and the conditions.

A basic list should include:

  • Sun cream, 
  • Mozzie replant, 
  • Lots of water (3-6 litres of drinking water per day/person is recommended for warm to hot weather), 
  • Travel towel, 
  • Warm clothing, 
  • Hat, polarized sunglasses, 
  • Change of clothes, 
  • Baby wipes for sanitization, 
  • Sealable plastic bags for rubbish, 
  • Ice packs with collapsible (soft) cool bags,
  • Emergency medical kit (including snake bite kit),
  • Cooking equipment if catching your dinner or taking raw foods,
  • Sleeping mat and bag or maybe for hot weather just a bag liner.

For details on kayak storage and limitations please read about the kayaks below.

​​Logistics and inclusions…

the following services and equipment are included:

  •  Pick up and drop off from/to
    • Your accommodation
    • Train station in Wangaratta or
    • The free parking area (designated by River Tribe)

  • Transfers to the Ovens River launch point.

  • Pick up from the exit point.

  • Kayak with paddle, high back kayak seat, safety equipment.

  • Tour notes, river map and basic kayak tuition.

  • Tent, foam roll up mats and mini-camp kitchen with mini eskies with ice/ice packs.​



The ovens river and surrounding bushland contains dangerous and venomous snakes and spiders. 

Falling trees, limbs, changing and untested water conditions and other dangers are present. 

Kayakers and campers should be aware of the dangers and should research how to avoid, minimise and manage a situation whereby a danger presents and/or an incident occurs. Guests should carry a phone with a Telstra service (serviced on the river) and know how to read a map and guide emergency services to a location. Know your limits, understand the environment and research how and what to do in different situations. River tribe adventures are not qualified and cannot help in an emergency situation, only the emergency services are trained, qualified and can legally assist.


If all you need is a kayak and a launch up river then this option is for you. Do your research on the river and get out their. Please research the river on the River Information page of the website

Kayak services and equipment hire:

  • Kayak hire 1 day $50 (pick up and return your hire kayak from Wangaratta, leave a deposit, T&C Apply).
  • Kayak hire additional day $50 (pick up and return your hire kayak from Wangaratta, leave a deposit, T&C Apply).
  • Tarrawingee launch including kayak hire $89 .
  • Everton launch including kayak hire $100.
  • Launch, pick-up and local transfers available to/from Wangaratta train station or your accommodation
  • ​Camping equipment hire
    • ​Tent and roll up matt $25 for the first night and $10/night thereafter
    • Mini kitchen $15 for the first night and $10/night thereafter (stove with gas, mini-pots, cutlery, bottle/can opener​, plates, cups, washing liquid and cloth. Mini material eskies with ice pack.
    • Sleeping bag hire $15 for the first night and $5/night thereafter (includes sleeping bag and cotton liner. Note: The cotton liner is cleaned after each use).​​