Connecting you with our Living Rivers & Waterways

Get out of everyday life and into the rhythm of water heading Up The Creek for a unique experience. Book a canoe tour today to help slow down, engage with the natural world and connect to your surrounds.

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About Us

Up The Creek is a boat-based social enterprise offering transformative experiences for schools, community and group/leadership development. We focus on contributing to a healthy, vibrant future by connecting people with self, other and environment. 

Join us on a journey of self-discovery, exploration, and connection as we navigate the waters of personal and collective growth. Let us embark on an adventure that will leave a lasting impact, not only on ourselves but on the world we inhabit.

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Eco Stewardship

Ecological Art

Words from our customers

What I got from this camp is so much more than how to paddle and sail. I learned how to learn.


The road will not teach you anything! People follow the road because it’s easy but it’s not necessarily the way to go. Because you might not learn new things, see new things or have as much fun. More opportunities come when you step outside your comfort zone and try new things. That’s why we should walk off the road.


Pat really enjoyed the experience and has come back a different kid.

Mr Watts

I had a splendid day paddling with Up The Creek! Derek is a very passionate guide, he added to the experience and made it unforgettable! I would definitely recommend.


I have come away in awe of the efforts of some of our kids, so proud of what they have achieved and inspired by Derek’s influence in taking them to the edge of their comfort zone so they can learn in a way they never have before.


Hi Derek, I thought you’d like this one. Earlier in the week I was teaching ... students were very reluctant to think..... when they started to think one student said ‘Oh man!! This is just like education outdoors.’ Bingo!! Best compliment I’ve had in ages. I really enjoy the way you’ve made me think about my teaching.

Mr W

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Education Outdoors

Up the creek offer bespoke experiences aimed at preparing people for their future in the Anthropocene. Our approach is grounded in research developed for the PYP and the Victorian curriculum. As Rosi Braidotti puts it, “if you’re not comfortable with complexity you’re nor comfortable in the 21 century”. Read the resources on the website and if there is a spark ….

Let’s start a fire!?


People Place and Environment




Yarra River Keeper

Up the Creek work with the Yarra River Keeper.  supporting the health of the Birraung.

Invest in the health of our community by supporting connection of self other and environment.