Travelling Victoria
Vol: 146 december 2011

Welcome to another edition of our newsletter. Thanks for all your support and over the year and we look forward to many good times in the years ahead. Greatly appreciated is all the comments on our newsletter and services, thanks it is our pleasure.

The winner of last months competition is Jessica Page from Harrow in Western Victoria. Most people knew that a group of ferrets is a 'Business'. Jessica has won a $200.00 gift voucher for any canoeing adventure on the beautiful Lower Goulburn River. There will be another chance to win later in this newsletter.

Serpentine Creek.

Over the past month or so we have had the pleasure to take some of our canoes to a place called Durham Ox for canoeing in the nearby Serpentine Creek. This delightful anabranch of the Loddon River was discovered and named by the early explorer Major Thomas Mitchell in 1839. The Major and his party were following the Loddon downstream on their way to Western Victoria which they called 'Australia Felix'. The creek is about 200-km n/w from Melbourne on the way to Kerang. So if you are anywhere near the region, take a bit of time and have a look at this beautiful piece of Victoria. 22-years after Mitchell's expedition the Burke & Wills rescue party camped on the creek to water the horses and themselves on their way to find out what happened to the expedition which perished in the outback in 1861.

Gift Vouchers.

River Country Adventours have 'Gift Vouchers' for any amount and for any product. These vouchers make an ideal Christmas present for that hard to buy for person you love. RCA gift vouchers can be used for any canoeing adventure, winery tours or even our popular outback flight tours including Lake Eyre. All you need to do is contact us, and once payment is made we will post the voucher to you in time for Christmas. Phone Rob on 03. 5852 2736 or email details.


This is your chance to win a $200.00 "Gift Voucher" from River Country Adventours for any canoeing adventure on the Lower Goulburn River. All you need to do is correctly answer the poser, send in your answer and all correct entries will be acknowledged and then go into an old cricket cap for the draw which will happen around Christmas time. Have a go and good luck.

Q. Name three (3) of Santa's reindeers?


Wedding at Yea.

Almost two years ago we accepted a booking for 8-people for a 4-day canoeing safari from Alexandra to Seymour. On the second day the controversial North/South pipe line was turned on the first time. No one knew about this and it caused quite a bit of action on the river. Firstly, a fishing boat capsized and the 4-canoes were also caught up in the whirlpool. Two canoes finished up on one side of the river and the other two on the other. Barrels and gear was washed down the river and out of sight. It took us a long time to finally locate all the paddlers and they spent the night in the Yea hotel. On the tour was an American girl and the leader Paul fell in love and consequently got married.

Paul reckons we had something to do with all this and Joan and I have been invited to a re-run of the wedding in the Yea hotel in February next year. We wish Paul and his lovely bride Dawn all the best for a great future together. You never know what is in store on one of our canoeing safaris!

Welcome Oliver Brian.

Joan and I welcome the safe arrival of Oliver Brian born in Melbourne on November 28, 2011, weighing in just under 9-lbs. This is the first child for our youngest daughter Kristy and that make 5-grandchildren so far for Joan and I. Both mother and baby are doing fine and we will have him kayaking in a couple of years. The infant shares a birthday with the late John Coleman and the great all-rounder Keith Miller.

Merry Christmas.

All of us here at River Country Adventours wish all of you a very merry Christmas with your families. We trust the time will give you peace and reflection and ponder the challengers ahead. We hope your new year will be rewarding, happy and safe.