Nepean River - Bents Basin

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Duncan
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Nepean River - Bents Basin

Post by Duncan » Sun Dec 07, 2014 12:53 pm

On Friday we went out to Bents Basin west of Sydney to paddle the Nepean River, it's a lot of fun below the Wallacia Weir, we had about three hours on the river and got hit by the afternoon thunderstorm that had been predicted. We sheltered under an sandstone overhang until it had passed, there was lots of wind and thunder for about ten minutes with some small hail falling.

Wendy and Merinda had not packrafted before so they were learning as they went.

To get there you park at Bents Basin and then walk up the fire trail for about three and a half k's to the power lines and then scrub bash down to the river. Put in and paddle to the upper left side of the weir where you can land and portage down the fish ladder to the river below. Then the fun begins, you may have to portage one rapid as there are two large boulders the water squeezes through where a raft won't fit.

The Wallacia Weir was running at 0.23 metres but 0.3 would be even better.

https://vimeo.com/113822353

Lizzy
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Re: Nepean River - Bents Basin

Post by Lizzy » Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:48 pm

Nice one! Was hoping to do this today but the young fellow (& me) is a bit sick. Frustrating with the rivers finally up a bit. Looks like a lovely run- maybe next week :)
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Duncan
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Re: Nepean River - Bents Basin

Post by Duncan » Sun Dec 07, 2014 2:08 pm

Lizzy, I have done it twice now and I enjoy it every time, I was on a Li Lo as I lent my two rafts to the others, it was so slow, but handled the rapids nicely but hard to change direction quickly.

The first time down we did it in the company of about eight kayaks all with skilled paddlers. They were having fun eddying out and surfing the standing waves, I've yet to edit that movie.

This is an ideal run for a few packrafts, a short walk in and lots of different rapids to do. If you start early enough you can easily get back to the cars to have lunch beside the river.

I'm hoping people start to do it, it's a hidden jewel so close to Sydney, and with these current thunderstorms it remains at a good level, no bumping on rocks.

Darren
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Re: Nepean River - Bents Basin

Post by Darren » Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:35 am

Nice one Duncan and Co. Cool vid!

The first grade 3 with the boulders can be tricky river left. I ran it at .23 and .34 down the left side (not the tight chute) and found it a little marginal and probably should have portaged as you guys did. It really is a fun little trip.

Lizzy
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Re: Nepean River - Bents Basin

Post by Lizzy » Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:48 pm

Big thanks to Duncan, Darren & Jeremy for their trip reports on Bents Basin. Did this trip yesterday with the hubby. Was a great little trip- water level was 0.27m and we ran everything (often multiple times) except for the dodgy grade 3 half way down. No spills but a couple of close calls :)
Will try & get a little video together.
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Lizzy

Mervo
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Re: Nepean River - Bents Basin

Post by Mervo » Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:35 am

Looked like an awesome adventure! Thank you for sharing

Lizzy
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Re: Nepean River - Bents Basin

Post by Lizzy » Sun Dec 14, 2014 5:02 pm

Here's my video
https://vimeo.com/114501649
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Lizzy

Darren
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Re: Nepean River - Bents Basin

Post by Darren » Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:09 pm

Nice one Lizzy! Brings back some good memories. That last rapid is a real pinball machine at lower levels. :-)

jeremy089786
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Re: Nepean River - Bents Basin

Post by jeremy089786 » Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:52 pm

Great looking trip Lizzy!

Lizzy
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Re: Nepean River - Bents Basin

Post by Lizzy » Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:59 pm

Had another run at Bents Basin today - level about 0.26m at Wallacia Weir. There were 2 canoes wrapped/pinned in Rapids. the first one was right at the top of the first main rapid. You can avoid it by heading to the left a bit. The 2nd was in the Grade 3 rapid that most portage. We also picked up a bit of debris from the group who lost their canoes- presumably the scout group who got rescued last week.
Was a lovely day out on a cool little section of river :)

DaveF
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Re: Nepean River - Bents Basin

Post by DaveF » Sun Apr 19, 2015 12:26 pm

Oh not to be at work today and down there!

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Re: Nepean River - Bents Basin

Post by DaveF » Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:04 pm

oh and btw if someone is keen other than Jeremy who like me doesn't drive I would love to tag along on an after work trip this week if someone is keen. this rain is awesome

Lizzy
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Re: Nepean River - Bents Basin

Post by Lizzy » Sat Nov 07, 2015 8:40 pm

Had another run out at Bents Basin today- river was 0.35m at Wallacia weir so bit up on our previous trips. Lovely day out as usual :) Hubby had a swim- surprisingly I did not!! Packing up we met 2 other packrafters just heading out- hope they had a good paddle...

faz
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Re: Nepean River - Bents Basin

Post by faz » Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:04 pm

Yes Lizzy - that was Max and I that you met heading out as you came in last Sunday - thanks for the navigation tips.
We found the put-in spot ok and had great fun despite a little swim on the last section.
Having a micro adventure like that available as an easy day trip from the city really is fantastic!

John

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