Travelling Victoria
Vol: 135 January 2011

Following what some experts consider the worst prolonged drought in our history has been replaced by one of wettest springs on record.  Great place Australia, we certainly have the extremes.  All the northern rivers have some form of flooding and the trees have had a good drink, probably enough for the next 10-years or so.  The Lower Goulburn reached major flood level and finished about 30-cm below the record peak in 1993.  We had to postpone many bookings and we want to thank all the people who understand the situation and are prepared to re-book their adventure when the environment returns to normal.  Also with the grass-hopper plague, many bird species are nesting again as there is an abundance of food for the young.

We are able to conduct day and half day safaris on the Lower Goulburn at the moment (Wyuna-Echuca) and all the extended safaris are being done in the Seymour-Nagambie region, until things return to normal.  Nagambie is a great place for canoeing and Ian can take your bookings and enquiries on 0449 504 398.

The lucky winner of the $400.00 'gift voucher' for any canoeing/camping adventure on the Lower Goulburn is Editta Palankay from Wheelers Hill.  Bendigo is about 2-km further south than Horsham, so well done Editta.  There is another opportunity to win a prize later in this newsletter.

Lake Eyre

With all the rain across outback Queensland a lot of this water will get into the Lake Eyre basin.  Opinion is that the huge lake will slowly fill again which will be a record third year in a row.  River Country Adventours has the first for 2011 tour  scheduled to depart from Echuca on April 11, 2011 to Birdsville, the outback and Lake Eyre.  For more information and bookings for these once in a life time events contact Rob or Joan on 03. 5852 2736 or email to info@adventours.com.au    STOP PRESS-  "LAKE EYRE IS NOW BEGINNING TO FILL AGAIN".   BOOK NOW FOR YOUR 2011 TOUR.

Rabbits

The small shipment of rabbits imported from England on the Clipper "Lightning" in 1859 and liberated by one Tom Austin on his property "Barwon Park" near Geelong is usually referred to the beginning of the menace.  Within 3-years the rabbit was declared a pest.  However, records show that some rabbits made it on the First Fleet in 1788.  A return in July of that year indicated that 5-rabbits were on the colony.  No further recordings of rabbits were made so perhaps the hungry convicts had them for supper.  There is a short story about the rabbit plague and two small boys who decided to do something about it in the mid 1950's on the gentle slopes of the Western District of Victoria.  We would be delighted to send you a copy of this story, just ask for the story about rabbiting. rob@adventours.com.au

Railways

The first railway line built in Australia was commenced in 1854.  It ran from Melbourne to Port Melbourne a distance of about 6-km.  Also in the same year gun-powder was first used in Australia on a hill just south of Rushworth in Central Victoria.  They used too much and blew Mt Balaclava to bits, and when the dust settled there was gold everywhere.  That explosion built the Menzies Hotel in Melbourne.

Competition

Here is your chance to win a $200.00 "Gift Voucher" from River Country Adventours for any canoeing/kayaking adventure on the Lower Goulburn River.  Simply correctly answer the question and wait for the draw towards the end of January 2011.  Have a go, you luck might be in!
Q- Which State of Australia is Barmah situated?
A- competition@adventours.com.au

Kayaks for Sale

Got a good deal for you here, a used 'Sea Kayak' 4-metres in length made in New Zealand "Current Craft" brand.  This boat is in good condition and comes with skirt, helmet and knee pads.  The owners are asking $600.00 and is well worth a drive up to Kyabram in Northern Victoria to have a look.
There is still the "Racing" kayak for sale, which has been mentioned in previous newsletters.  This has been reduced to $900.00 and also represents great value.

River Country Adventours have some fibreglass and plastic canoes for sale, both new and used.  For details on all these bargains just contact Rob on 0428 585 227.

Happy New Year

From all of us at River Country Adventours we wish all our valued clients and friends a very happy, safe and rewarding New Year.  We hope 2011 will be the best year ever for everyone.  I also hope you manage to keep some of your resolutions.  Old Jack's new years resolution in 2008 was to say yes to everything.  He died during the year!