The Blackwood River, with 41 creeks and tributaries, is the longest river system in the South West of Western Australia. Beginning in the Southern Wheatbelt it flows 383km as it makes its way to the Southern Ocean at Augusta. The Paddleable parts of the river between Arthur River and Augusta flow through farmland, pine plantations, national parks, regenerated Jarrah forests and townships (Boyup Brook, Bridgetown and Nannup).

The River is considered to be one of Western Australia’s premier canoeing locations. In winter, when the waterways are at their fullest, the more adventurous can go whitewater rafting. In summer there are opportunities for families to Paddle the calmer waters and spend hours exploring the unique surroundings.

The Bridgetown to Nannup part of the Blackwood River can be completed in 4 sections: Bridgetown to Rocky Bluff, Rocky Bluff to Maranup Bridge, Maranup Bridge to Wrights Bridge, Wrights Bridge to Nannup. These sections of the Blackwood River amble along some of the most picturesque scenery of the South West.

During winter there are many long flowing pools as well as some rapids. There are public accesses points along the way such as Wrights Bridge, Maidment Bridge and Revelly Bridge. Planning is essential for canoeists as weather conditions have great impact on water levels of the river.

There also some lovely picnic spots along the Blackwood the whole family can enjoy.