Loved this trip. Amazing place. Well organised, catered, uber professional. My son (17) and I did this as our first big bush/wild-country adventure together and great trip for building stronger bonds and relationships. My son took some convincing to go btw, but ended up being totally blown away by the wild majesty and grandeur and adventure of the trip (as I had hoped he would) . Water By Nature ('WBN') and guides Brett and Klaudia were great across the board, not least for their great sense of how to engage the different characters, backgrounds and ages on the trip. While they exuded an easy professional vibe and overlay, affording us plenty of opportunity for swimming, exploring, and as much extra river activity as you fancied, it was evident (even more I had expected) that the trip was clearly meticulously planned and all contingencies prepared for. The guides' river navigation, raft movements and negotiation of big rapids and obstacles made it all look easy (ish...). Some parts of the river and great gorge look (through wide bulging eyes...) initially unpassable, yet our passage through paddling, lining or portaging made magic happen. 'Wallah!' what were we worried about.? I developed a growing awareness that the trip could have been much different, without really professional, experienced and mature guides - I think I heard Brett say he had done more than 200+ descents and had seen the river in every state and level imaginable. Mind boggling stuff to hear him casually point out a mark up a cliff wall and say, "yeh the water was up to there, and we had to do such and such". The wilderness and wild aspects of the trip were continually mind-boggling - but these were topped off several times a day by almost unbelievably restaurant ( I kid you not) quality food and culinary treats and the odd wine and beer if you fancied, as you tried to take in the river and the surrounds from some great vantage point on a beach or a rock overlooking the river. Off the river at both ends: the pre-briefing, link and pick up in Hobart and trip back out from the river - in our case flying out from the lower Gordon - was great fun, well oiled, low hassle and otherwise flawless. Likewise WBN/Brett's offer and ongoing post-trip intel, advice - and his transport help - with us getting around to see the sights in Hobart after the trip for the next couple of days, including a trip to MONA. Was hard to leave Tassie with this kind of scenery and friendliness. - Al Sweetman
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