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Paddling the Murray ...

Postby FreckledAvenger » Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:36 pm

I am currently investigating paddling the Murray River although I do not look like having a chance to do it until 2015 when I may be able to take a break from my current work commitments. Regardless I thought it best to start planning early in case I do get a window in which I can do sooner it plus I am in the market for a new sea kayak so it makes sense to buy something that will fit the purpose (currently considering a Prijon Marlin Prilite - comments?).

At the moment I am planning on doing it solo and setting aside around 90-100 days. This should allow for a relaxed pace and extra time to see the sights along the way. Current thought are to start from somewhere around Towong (possibly from the Bringenbrong Bridge) and go all the way to the mouth of the Murray and down the Coorong and finish up at Goolwa.

So far I have found plenty of information in blogs plus I have access to the Murray River Charts and Murray River Pilot books as well (although these do not cover anything from the Upper Murray above Albury where I am pretty much relying on the various blogs).

Not sure how many of you here have done the whole/part of the journey but I would love any tips and other information you may have.

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Postby pault » Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:25 pm

I might see you along the way.

Something I'd like to do in the next year or so.

I'm interested to find out more too.

Good luck with it.

Cheers,

Paul. :)

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Postby FreckledAvenger » Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:08 pm

Hi Paul,

One awesome bit of information I have already found is Tim Honey's kayak journal (http://www.timshoney.com.au/kayak). Tim did the river solo from Hume Dam to Lake Alexandrina in three hits some years ago. It is an excellent read that covers each day of paddling including photos, distance travelled etc.

Another interesting resource is Mike Bremer's Trip Murray Canoe Trip (https://sites.google.com/site/murraycanoetrip/home). Mike seemed to also do it in sections between 1995 and 2007. It has many links to various useful resources for planning a trip down the Murray (including books and government sites for tracking water levels and flow rates). He also paddled the Murrumbidgee in sections during much the same period (the above site has a link to details of this as well).

Regards,

David

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Re: Paddling the Murray ...

Postby Maccas » Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:29 pm

Might find a bit of info in our blog from last year?

http://debbrian.weebly.com/murray-river ... -2012.html
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Re: Paddling the Murray ...

Postby FreckledAvenger » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:05 am

Thanks - I enjoyed reading it all. You have some excellent tips and information in there.

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Re: Paddling the Murray ...

Postby Mark Sundin » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:19 am

Maccas wrote:Might find a bit of info in our blog from last year?

http://debbrian.weebly.com/murray-river ... -2012.html


Fantastic Macca, almost makes me want to paddle on flat water for a month….

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Re: Paddling the Murray ...

Postby landsailor » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:20 am

Here's another one....

http://www.davecornthwaite.com/#/kayak- ... 4572411343

There's an "Adventure How-To" contact link where he might be happy to answer some questions..

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Re: Paddling the Murray ...

Postby scratches » Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:21 pm

You may be interested in the jan/feb edition of Outdoor mag:

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/ ... ut-now.htm

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Re: Paddling the Murray ...

Postby FreckledAvenger » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:48 pm

scratches wrote:You may be interested in the jan/feb edition of Outdoor mag:

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/ ... ut-now.htm


Thanks for the tip - I picked one up today.

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Re: Paddling the Murray ...

Postby carma1 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:30 pm

Any Ideas were in Melbourne I can get a copy ? I've tried a variety of newsagents & 2 A.G. stores.

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Re: Paddling the Murray ...

Postby FreckledAvenger » Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:05 pm

carma1 wrote:Any Ideas were in Melbourne I can get a copy ? I've tried a variety of newsagents & 2 A.G. stores.


I had to go to four different newsagents before I found a copy and that was three weeks ago. PM me if weren't able to get one and I will post you mine if you like - I have finished reading it ...

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Re: Paddling the Murray ...

Postby Redback » Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:18 pm

My niece and her husband paddled the whole length of the Murray a couple of years back.

It was written up in Australian Geographic: http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/ ... he-sea.htm

Might be a useful read...

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Re: Paddling the Murray ...

Postby Maccas » Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:26 pm

Redback, as well as a good read they also gave us good advice on our venture. :D

Redback wrote:My niece and her husband paddled the whole length of the Murray a couple of years back.

It was written up in Australian Geographic: http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/ ... he-sea.htm

Might be a useful read...
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Re: Paddling the Murray ...

Postby Gayleforce » Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:24 am

The Murray River Access series of booklets, Book 6 and Book 12, cover the Upper Murray. This series covers all of the NSW/Vic section of the river. I used them for my trip, then the SA Pilot for the SA section.

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Re: Paddling the Murray ...

Postby FreckledAvenger » Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:58 am

Yes - I have some of these books now and they are great. They now have coverage all the way to Blanchetown in SA (Book 14) although this is not immediately clear on some parts of their website which appear to be a little out of date (the main page still says "Ned's Corner to Renmark - Coming soon" even though this and another two guides appear to have been released). They also appear to plan to release Books 15 and 16 to cover the lower reaches of the Murray some time in the future so it will eventually cover the entire Murray ...


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