Paddling down the Namoi in a kayak

A novel kayaking cruise down the Namoi River near Gunnedah has been swamped with so many entries it’s had to hold the boat, so to speak.

Namoi CMA catchment officer Angela Baker said organisers had got more than a full house – in fact, double the numbers they needed.

For safety reasons and because a limited number of kayaks were available they could not take any more bookings.

“We can only do 20 at a time because we have a professional kayak company running it and only have a certain number of kayaks,” she said.

It will be run near Gunnedah but there is another kayak trip running at Wee Waa next Thursday.

The kayak trips Namoi CMA have run have been hugely popular.

“It’s the first time in Gunnedah for us but we have had two others – one at Wee Waa and one at Walgett – in September last year,” Ms Baker said.

“We are hoping to run another one in Tamworth, possibly in March, and one in Quirindi, because they have been very popular.”

Namoi CMA public relations and media officer Anne Ferguson said the Gunnedah trip “went off like hotcakes”.

“This one sold out before it even went in the paper,” Ms Ferguson said.

She said it was good for the public to be able to see the river environment from the river itself as it drove home the importance of maintaining the aquatic habitat.

Registration is essential for the Wee Waa trip as numbers are limited.

Another kayak trip is also planned in coming months for school students in Walgett.

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