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History Afloat: Kayak Pumpkin Creek


Peter Vaughan


Mangrove Creek, Marlow, Pumpkin Point Creek. Launching from Spencer

time & date

8.30am - 3:30pm

Saturday 17 February 2024 (new date)

fitness level

Moderate. This beautiful and immersive tour involves paddling, and walking over some uneven ground and a moderate level of fitness is required.

ticket price



  • Morning Tea at Marlow

  • Historical Storytelling about river tales and mystery

  • Launch at the meeting of the Hawkesbury River and Mangrove Creek.

  • Explore Popran Point Creek. Lunch at old homeestead

the event

Come and explore the incredible Hawkesbury landscape from a comfortable and easy to operate double sea kayak. Join us for a paddle along the seldom visited Pumpkin Point Creek, only accessible by small craft when the tide is right. Launching from Spencer we paddle past Greenmans, the site of the first inn on the Lower Hawkesbury River, and enjoy a morning tea at Marlow. Hear about the ghost stories of timber getters and exconvicts before heading past stands of mangroves, twisted angophora, hillsides of grass trees and sandstone formations. On the way catch a glimpse of Mariner Bowles 19th century cottage at 'Gentlemans Halt' once a school and post office of a small vibrant community and further on the fishing settlement of the multi-generational Davidson families. Enjoy the birdlife along this stretch of the Lower Hawkesbury including soaring sea eagles, pelicans, herons, fishing cormorants, and kingfishers. Entering the seldom visited Pumpkin Creek we glide up the magical meandering waterway passing abandoned wharves and the cave where Peter Hibbs is reputed to have lived. Lunch along Pumpkin Creek at an abandoned homestead. Returning back to Spencer in the afternoon. Double kayaks, all gear, morning tea and lunch is provided.

the guide

Peter Vaughan is an outdoor guide and adventure instructor interested in helping others to appreciate the outdoors and develop confidence in their own abilities. His primary interests are kayaking activities on rivers, lakes and the ocean. He also enjoys abseiling, hiking and leading groups into Tanzania and Mt Kilimanjaro. He has a background in teaching at secondary and tertiary levels and is particularly enthusiastic about programs that have mixed modes of travel which engage with the history and geography of exciting, new locations.  

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