River Sleds are a huge amount of fun! What could be more fun than travelling down the Yarra? Following it with a beautiful winery lunch at Rochford Wines in Coldstream!
Travelling down the grade 1 & 2 rapids of the Yarra River river on these purpose built crafts, you’ll be enthralled by the stunning Warburton Yarra Valley region. Laying down on your sled you will at times drift down the river in a relaxed state whilst taking in the lush green scenery of the tall mountain ash, red gums and ferns, and at other times you will be adventuring and negotiating your way down the rapids, holding onto the handles of your sled as you dip over some small rapid drops.
The beautiful Yarra Valley hosts the perfect setting to experience all that River Sledding has to offer. Warburton is a nature lovers haven, designed to satisfy those seeking a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city without hours of travel. We literally float our way into the town centre of beautiful Warburton!
When you arrive you will be greeted by our fun guides who will get you all the gear you need for the day and organise to get your car or bus to the finishing point. After this it is time to hit the water where you will be taken through a skills session, beginning in a flat pool on the river which is perfect because it gives you an opportunity to practice your new-found skills before the real fun starts!
Within a short distance you will arrive at the first rapid where your instructors will have another quick chat about how to approach moving white water and will demonstrate to you the best ways to head downstream. Then the fun really begins with grade 1-2 rapids every few hundred meters until you reach the end.
You will have ample opportunity to test your new-found sledding skills and take in the beautiful scenery. Your instructors will also give you some tips along the way and challenge you with different techniques.
River Sledding is in the Yarra Valley on the Upper Yarra River in Warburton. This is a short drive from Melbourne and has easy access to the river and roads with loads of small and continuous exciting rapids.
Rochford Wines is a 25 minute drive east of the river, at 878-880 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream VIC 3770.
DATES & TIMES
River Sledding is available from November to May on set dates. All our dates can be viewed in the ‘Book Tour’ box. If you have a group of 6 or more and would like another date please contact us to see if we can cater to your date of choice.
- Professional white water guides
- River Sled, wetsuit and spray jacket
- Safety gear including PFD (personal flotation device) & helmet
- Delicious winery lunch and Cellar Door Wine Tasting Experience from Rochford Wines (only a short 20min drive from our River Sledding site).
WHAT TO BRING
An email will be sent to you upon booking with a packing list for individuals and parental consent form (if required) that needs to be filled out and returned on the day. If you would like to take photos please bring a waterproof camera as there will be plenty of opportunity to take some awesome shots while on the river.
- Minimum age: 12 years.
- Maximum weight: 110 kg.
- Participants under 18 years old must have their forms filled in by parent or guardian.
- Pregnant women, it is not advised after your 1st Trimester. Participant discretion advised.
- Participants must be able to swim at least 25 metres.