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 hire, canoe/kayak tours school camps and group development. We focus on contributing to a healthy vibrant future by connecting people with self, other and environment.

Collaborate with nature and gain skills and connections that will serve you in your everyday.  Ideal for individuals and organisations seeking to collaborate with nature in a safe and transformative way. A unique Paddle Melbourne experience. What’s on in Melbourne? Let’s head Up The Creek !

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Education Outdoors

Leadership Development

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

Book your canoeing adventure now and go get Up The Creek


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!?

Access & Safety

We would like to acknowledge the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation who are the traditional custodians of the land we stand on and paddle through. We pay respects to elders past present and emerging and extend that respect to other indigenous Australians.

Up the creek take safety as our highest priority. We will support you to access the natural world in a unique, safe and memorable way. Working together to make good choices is everyone’s responsibility.


Society is what we make it. Up the Creek work with local schools, supporting disadvantaged students connection to themselves, each other and the environment.

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