As the day draws its final breath and twilight beckons, it's time to glide through the reflective pools of sun-rays and pink and orange cloud that dance on the pristine waters of the Bellinger River. You can hear the gurgle of water as your paddles mechanically work their way from front to back. Then 100 white egrets round the corner on their final flight for the day and head for the mangroves.
We make our way to the creek mouth and watch the light fade over "Old man Dreaming", a face etched into the Great Dividing Range. Then our guide gives a historic account of Bellingen and its surrounds. As we head back, a bat crosses our path and swoops to take a mouthful of water, then a white flock of geese fade into the impending blackness.
As we round the corner a pelican slowly closes its eyes, then the stars emerge in to view, then more and more reveal themselves, winking at us all, knowing we're all going to finish the trip with a glass of champagne. A toast to another beautiful day.
Tour length 1 hour
Cost $25 per adult $20 per child (12 years and under)