Ross & Marg Atkins, Paestan Canoe Hire,   
Winnap - Nelson Rd. Winnap VIC 3304   
Ross: 0429 381 875    
Margaret: 0458 553 708    

Testimonials and Stories

Paestan Canoe Hire have pleasure in providing you with a few testimonials and stories provided by some of our 'friends'. They are here for you to enjoy.

Azure Kingfisher
Azure Kingfisher on the Glenelg River - Photographer Geof Newman - Click on image to enlarge.

Brokeback 2012 ...

A message from Ross Aitkins, Proprietor, Paeston Canoe Hire

"Many friendships are forged along The Glenelg River. In 2012 Graeme Smith from Adelaide paddled the Glenelg River with his close friends and put together the following synopsis of his trip. He titled it Brokeback 2012. We hope you enjoy it!"

Download: Brokeback 2012 PDF - a pictorial essay

"As well, we at Paestan Canoe Hire are sent from time to time expressions of thanks for our services. After 18 Years of servicing the Glenelg River, we felt it was time to share some of them with you. We also hope you enjoy these as they shed light on what we do here at Paestan Canoe Hire."

"We will continue to add Ďbits and piecesí to this page as they come to hand."

We all had a great time ...

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Ross & Marg

Please find some photos of our wonderful time we had on the Glenelg river with your canoes.

I would like to thankyou both on behalf of the group for the Friendly and wonderful support and equipment both the first night in the Bunk house and the canoes .

We all had a great time and have not stopped talking about it yet be assured we will be back to see you in the future for another trip.

I have attached some photos for you and will forward some more on another email if you have any questions or would like any particular photo of which I may not have sent please ask as I may have it on my camera.

Again many thanks


Barrie Cole

Itís such a beautiful part of Australia ...

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Dear Ross and Marg,

We all just wanted to thank you so much for your kindness and hospitality on our recent canoe trip down the Glenelg River. Itís such a beautiful part of Australia Ė pity more people donít know of its existence (well, maybe not, one of the reasons itís so beautiful is its quietness!)

We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the holiday and found ourselves laughing most of the way down the river. This, in no small part, is thanks to you both for making everything easy for us.

Weíve attached a few of our favourite pics - please feel free to use them if you like. We will certainly be in touch again as this is a must repeat holiday!

Kind regards,
Sue, Paul and Caitlyn Murphy and Marg Flower

Your facilities in Winnap are terrific ...

Hello Marg & Ross,

We made it back to South Australia safe & sound!

On behalf of our group, I would like to again thank you for your service. Your facilities in Winnap are terrific; a perfect place spend a night before getting on to the river. Your equipment too is first class. The consensus was that your canoes, PFDs and barrels were significantly better than those we have used on other river trips. The backrests were especially appreciated by our aging groupÖ

Finally, your hospitality and friendliness helped make the trip memorable for all of us. We will certainly have no hesitation in recommending Paestan Canoe Hire to our friends.

Hope to see you both again!


You certainly have a little bit of heaven there ...

Hi Ross and Marg

We did have a great time - despite weather - on our recent trip. We really loved the quietness - trade-off between good weather and more people, or a trip in early October, we suspect.

You certainly have a little bit of heaven there and we appreciated our first night in the bunkhouse, which made organising so much easier.

Thank you very much for running around after us - it was all a very good experience.

Cheers from us
Leonie and Phil.

Really appreciate everything you do for us ...

Thanks again, Ross and Marg. Weíve had one of the best trips ever this year, despite one student going home early with pre-existing infected elbow. The students loved it, the gear was spot on and finish was relaxing at your bunkhouse. Really appreciate everything you do for us ...I suppose thatís why we keep driving 8 hours from the Mornington Peninsula, to do the trip every year. I think it is number 17 now. Safe trip for your own adventure. See you next year.

Eric Kopp

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