Photo By Sport and Recreation Tasmania
Photo By Sport and Recreation Tasmania

two days – two classic rivers – four awesome races

The ESK PADDLE FEST 2018 is being held on the 15th and 16th of September. Day one will be on the North Esk River. Day two will be on the South Esk River (Cataract Gorge).


Saturday 15th September

Registration – 9:30 to 10:30am

Registration is at Corra Linn, 9km south-east of the centre of Launceston. Registration on the day is $50 for the full Esk Paddle Fest, OR, register via the link at the bottom of this page by 13th September and pay only $30.

Safety Briefing – 10:30am

Teams Race – 11:30am

Teams Race starts at the pond above Zig-Zag rapid and finishes below Second Drop rapid. The race can be contested in teams of 2 or 3. Starting times will be staggered 1 minute.

Time Trials – 12pm

Time Trials will be run through First Drop and Second Drop rapids. Paddlers will have two opportunities to record their best time.

Mass Start Race – 1:30pm

The Mass Start Race starts at the bottom of Second Drop rapid, and finishes at the Corra Linn bridge.

BBQ at Corra Linn – 2pm

Sunday 15th September

Courtesy of Hydro Tasmania, water will be released from Trevallyn Dam on the South Esk River for the sole purpose of you kayaking pleasure. The valves will be slowly opened from 6am, fully open by 7am. By 9:30am the water at the bottom of Cataract Gorge will be in full flow.

There are no organised events until the start of the Hydro Tasmania Cataract Gorge Extreme Race, so paddlers may like to paddle a lap or two of the classic Cataract Gorge prior to the race.

Safety briefing – 12:00pm

The safety briefing will at the large pool below First Basin. Registration will not be available here. You must register the previous day at Corra Linn, or via the link below.

Practice Runs & Scouting – 12:15pm to 1:00pm

Scout the Slalom rapid from the tourist path on the north side of the gorge and have a practice run.

Hydro Tasmania Cataract Gorge Extreme Race – 1:00pm to 3:00pm

The race will be held on Slalom rapid, starting in the pool below First Basin, and finishing in the tidal zone. Paddlers will race down Class 4 rapids in heats of 4 paddlers. The first 2 paddlers in each heat will progress to the next stage.

BBQ and Presentation – 4:00pm

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