If you’ve ever fancied your canoeing or white-water rafting skills, Nymboida is the place to put them to the test. The waters pumped by the hydro-electric power station from the Nymboida River into the Goolang Creek creates one of Australia’s most exciting canoe coursees. The site of many state, national and international competitions, spectators can see how it’s done seriously, and can camp or rent modern cabins in the adjacent grounds. Novice canoeists will enjoy the learner’s pond, and the creek has rapids up to and including Grade III standard for serious splashers. Other outdoor alternatives include bushwalks, abseiling, trail rides and platypus viewing.
The Nymboida area was opened up in the 1830’s by Richard Craig, who blazed a trail between Armidale and the Clarence district, and today the four-star Nymboida Coaching Inn maintains the charm (with updated facilities!) from when it served as a staging post for the Cobb and Co era.
- Population -317
- Transport Services – Bus
- Council – Pristine Waters Shire
- Regional Northern Zone Slalom Race (Canoeing) – February, May, November
- Regional Schools Slalom and Downriver Canoe Championships – March
- Nymboida Markets – May
- States Combined High Schools Slalom and Downriver Canoe Championships – July
- Nymboida Heritage Festival – August
- Nymboida Cup Slalom and Downriver Canoe Races – August