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Experienced Savannah Guide Mick Jerram touts this canoeing excursion as the perfect way to become immersed in a relaxing, stress-free environment while learning about the natural features of the Katherine River and its environment and ecosystems. You’ll paddle 40-55km through a wildlife-rich river system fed by springs and soaks throughout the long dry season, so there’s plenty of water on which to glide close to rocky banks, drift amid paperbark forests, race down small rapids and paddle through pandanus channels. Along the way ducks, egrets, herons, parrots, cockatoos and even the elusive brolga congregate along the shoreline, along with wallabies, euros, goannas, freshwater crocs and plenty of fish. At the end of each day as the canoe gently moves over calm waters, coming to rest on a secluded stretch of river sand, there’s a real sense of being in harmony with nature.

Brag Factor // Floating across the serene waters of the Katherine River under the glinting rays of early morning light encircled by eerie paperbarks.

Details // Tour by Gecko Canoeing, $720 includes paddling equipment, camping gear, all meals. (08) 8972 2224,

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