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Murrumbidgee Canoe Trip

1995-2008 and 2016

Introduction 

This has been written as a guide to assist other canoeists planning to paddle on the Murrumbidgee River.  I have attempted to give a guide to water levels and flows that I encountered on my trips.  I have also tried to give information about potential campsites along the way.  I like the quote by George Ernest Morrison who, in addition to many other adventures, paddled down the Murray River in 1882  "...the journey was more interesting and less tedious than the account thereof".  I think that applies equally to this account.

I did not start paddling with the aim of paddling the whole length of the river.  It was about 2002 that I decided I would try to complete the length of the Murray and then a year or two later decided that I would try to paddle the Murrumbidgee as well.  The final section (Maude – Murray Junction) was the most satisfying, not only because it was the last section, but because it was the most remote and had the added difficulty of low water flows and the unknown conditions associated with that.

For a description of my trip on the Murray River see: Murray River Canoe Trip

For a description of my trip from Redbank Weir to the Murray River in high water conditions in October 2016 see here.

If you have any questions or comments please contact me on mcbremers@gmail.com

Mike Bremers            

 Section

 Distance* (km)

 Days

 Map**

Google Earth KMZ 

 Photos

 Jugiong-Gundagai

 70*

 2

Map

KMZ 

Photos

Gundagai-Wagga

 122*

 3

Map 

KMZ

Photos 

Wagga-Narrandera

 204*

Map 

KMZ 

Photos 

Narrandera – Darlington Pt

102* 

Map 

KMZ 

 Photos

 Darlington Point - Carrathool

125* 

4

Map 

KMZ 

 Photos

Carrathool – Hay 

107* 

 3

Map 

KMZ 

 Photos

Hay to Maude  

106* 

 4

Map 

KMZ 

 Photos

Maude-Redbank Weir  

91* 

 3

Map 

KMZ 

 Photos

Redbank Weir – Balranald  

93*

 3

Map 

KMZ 

 Photos

Balranald – Murray River

93* 

 Map 

KMZ 

 Photos

 * See Notes on River Distances

** Maps have been used with permission   ã LAND AND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst NSW 2695, www.lpma.nsw.gov.au

  

 

Statistics  

When – between 18 March 1995 and 9 April 2008

Total distance – Jugiong to Murray River

1113 km as measured on 1:50 000 map with map measuring tool*

1078 km as measured by GPS in Great Millenium Trip

36 paddling days @ an average of 30.9 km per day

Largest distance in a day = 53km (Gundagai – Sandy Beach)

* See Notes on River Distances

Maps

Murrumbidgee River Canoe & Kayak Trail, Burrinjuck to Wagga, NSW Land & Property Management Authority
 
NSW Department of Lands, Waterside Reserves, 1:50 000, (4 maps covering Burrinjuck to Murray River, out of print), scanned maps used with permission. See the links in the table above.

1:250 000 Natmaps

AFN outdoor guide series by Jamin Forbes & Martin Asmus 2007: Fishing and camping Murrumbidgee River, Gundagai to Narrandera, Narrandera to Balranald (available from here)

Water Levels

References

Canoe in Australia, R. Raven-Hart, Georgian House, Melbourne, 1948
Charles Sturt, His Life and Journeys of Exploration, J. H. L. Cumpston, Georgian House, Melbourne, 1951
 
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