“Take only memories, leave only footprints”
~ Chief Seattle ~
Welcome to our famous Ord River paddle. Econoeing is the original canoe trip on the Ord River, established in 1991, and we are the only local company offering this adventure. The trademark was adopted in 2005 after we attained Eco certification, and since 2012 Econoeing is proud to still be the only Advanced Eco accredited business based in Kununurra and the East Kimberley.
We offer self-guided canoe tours down the Ord, supply all the equipment required, the safety backup from our years of experience, guidebooks with maps and photos and ‘glamping’ campsites, with composting toilets, sleeping platforms, water on tap (including showers), gas BBQ and a fireplace with wood supplied.
We offer a range of tours allowing you to explore the Ord River at your own pace. At 55kms in total, options include a pickup and river cruise in our vessel Crocadilly to allow for shorter timeframes.
Our one day option features a guided bushwalk in the afternoon before the boat cruise back to Kununurra, our two day option features the boat pickup for the sunset cruise, while the 3 and 4 day options allow you to cruise the whole river under your own steam and explore everything this magnificent region has to offer, which in turn gives you better value for money.
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Before we drop you off at the Ord River and you set off on your adventure, we will stop at the Roadhouse to pick up any last minute items you may need to enhance your experience
Sunrise Sunset - One Day Tour
From $300 per person
Experience the best of the Ord River in one BIG day. Paddle the faster waters of the upper Ord in the morning, get picked up on the river for a guided bushwalk to a spring waterhole and then relax on the sunset cruise back to Kunununrra.
Paddle in Paradise - Two Day Tour
From $300 per person
Choose the best both worlds! Paddle down the amazing Ord River to overnight at Cooliman Camp, explore the river for two days, then get picked up for a relaxing sunset cruise back to Kununurra.
All the Way - Three Day Tour
From $300 per person
The famous original Ord River canoe trip! Relax and explore the entire magnificent Ord River over 3 days, staying at Cooliman and Stonewall camps, then cruise back to Kununurra under your own steam for a rewarding and best value tour.
The Ord Explorer - Four Day Tour
From $350 per person
The famous original trip just got better! Stay longer and explore Lake Kununurra's scenic flooded waterways, enjoy all 3 of our environmental campsites, with ample time to paddle into the Ramsar wetlands near the Diversion Dam.
$100 per person
Stay awhile! Take an extra night on your Econoeing tour to really relax and explore everything the Ord has to offer for an extra $100pp To Book please contact Go Wild for availability.
Arvo Pick Up
$75 per person
Why not join us on a scenic run up the Ord River while we pick up canoeists in the afternoon.
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Arrange an abseil activity during your tour – full instruction for novices and all equipment provided.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Upper Ord River (Lake Kununurra) is the only river in Northern Australia that is protected from Saltwater crocs. The Department of Environment has the responsibility to keep the area between the Ord and Diversion dams free of salties. If there is a confirmed sighting they trap the animal and remove it to Wyndham Crocodile Farm. You'll see heaps of Freshwater (Johnson) crocs. There are about 7000 in the Upper Ord, or one every 20 metres.
You can get ice at the BP Roadhouse in the morning.
You'll be floating in it! You can drink the water straight from the Ord.
Lake Argyle is big enough to dilute just about anything. Pollution in this respect usually comes from domestic animals, like cattle, but in the Kimberley the country cannot sustain more than about 15 beasts per hectare, which is not enough to pollute our waterway.
The water on tap at Cooliman Camp is siphoned from a freshwater spring, which tastes even better, and the water at Stonewall Camp is pumped up from the Ord.
The first day is 23kms, the first half of which has the fastest flow to help you along. This takes 4-5 hours to paddle on average.
The second day is only 9kms, or 2-3 hours paddling, to give you the chance to have a good look around in that fantastic area that you can only access from the river.
The last day is another 23kms. It is the longest day, the one to get home, with less flow but usually the dry season wind will help to push you home.
Our new 4 day trip cuts the last day in half, with only 11km to paddle to Maxwell Camp, which takes about 2 hours, then the last day is only 10km to Kununurra, or 12km to the Diversion Dam wall
Handlines available on the bus at no cost
We have a boat suited for single paddlers, with a large bouyancy chamber at the rear to help balance the boat.
One person can't go alone. An odd group may take a kayak, but these are harder to paddle and can't carry much gear, the accompanying canoe will have to carry extra.
Everybody has to be able to swim unassisted.
We have a larger canoe manufactured to sit an extra smaller person who would travel at no cost.
Kids occupying a full seat receive a 50% discount. Three kids sleep sideways on two mattresses. We have small child lifejackets, and small adult jackets
If you have any other questions, please contact us
SAFETY AND BACKUP
We use SPOT Trackers to accompany every tour every day, so in the event you need some help while you are in this truly remote Kimberley region we are only an hour or so away in our rescue boat.
SPOT Trackers use satellite communication to send a range of messages, escalating in urgency to EPIRB level, so you are always in contact even though there is no mobile coverage.
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Ecotourism is a form of tourism involving visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, intended as a low-impact and often small scale alternative to standard commercial (mass) tourism.