Water sports in the region are not just limited to the coast. Fresh water courses wind their way through the valleys and provide playgrounds for canoeing and kayaking. Try the Margaret River close to the township, the Blackwood River stretching from Boyup Brook through Bridgetown and Nannup to Augusta, and the Wellington National Park near Collie (good for white water rafting).
To ensure you enjoy the region’s waterways without impacting on the natural environment, see Leave No Trace Australia for helpful hints and tips.
The longest of all the waterways in Australia's South West, the Blackwood River meanders slowly through Boyanup Brook, Bridgetown and Nannup to Augusta, where it meets the Indian and Southern Oceans. A paddle down the Blackwood is a great way to experience the area's lush green forests and unique birdlife.
Running through spectacular state forest and the pristine Mt Frankland National Park, Deep River is home to a wide range of plant and animal life. The upper section of the river features a series of broad pools separated by rapids, making it a popular spot for canoeing.
Head to Walpole where you can canoe along the Frankland River through national reserves and dense woodlands. Look out for an abundance of native flora and fauna along the banks as you silently glide along.
A tributary of the Frankland River, Gordon River passes through some of the South West's most picturesque scenery and is perfect for canoeing, kayaking and fishing.
The Collie River is dam controlled, and the section at the base of the Wellington Dam creates an exhilarating white water rafting challenge. Further down the river, the pace is slower - perfect for a gentle paddle in a canoe through the forests of Collie National Park.