Travelling Victoria
Vol: 147 January 2012



Another year ended and another about to begin. We trust your Christmas was special and we hope the new year will be happy, safe and rewarding. Thanks again for all the support and friendship clearly displayed during the year. This is one of the great things about this job, is the lovely people we have met. We have had a number of groups doing the trek down the Lower Goulburn to Echuca and the feedback has been very good. The river is finally returning to normal after the recent floods.

The lucky winner of last month's competition is Helen Pettifer from Mansfield. Well done Helen, Santa's reindeers are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. Rudolf didn't get a look in but for all those who named him, you still went in the draw, the Christmas spirit is very evident in River Country this year! There will be another chance to win the $200.00 'gift voucher' for any canoeing experience on the Lower Goulburn River later in this newsletter, it is a very easy one to kick off the new year.

Introducing- Caroline Davis.

During December we appointed Ms Caroline Davis onto the workplace of River Country Adventours. Caroline is based in Shepparton and is available for canoeing safaris or hire at Shepparton and Nagambie. Caroline is currently studying tourism and wants to be a tour operator. We wish her well and who knows where she may end up. So for all you people planning to do some canoeing at Nagambie or Shepparton there is a fair chance to get to meet this delightful young lady.

Flight to Eyre.

With all the tropic rain across western Queensland and the interior, Lake Eyre is expected to slowly fill once again. In fact there is still plenty of water in the basin but the heat and thermals across Central Australia makes light aircraft flying difficult during the hot months. There are now plants growing in the Simpson Desert that have never been seen for at least 200-years. This will also be the first time in Australian/ European history that Lake Eyre has filled four years in a row. The famous Cooper Creek is still flowing into the eastern side of the huge inland lake. So if you would love to see this spectacular event we will begin our flight tours in late March early April. We will have 2-5 day flight tours taking in the Flinders Rangers and the spectacular deserts of the Australian outback. More information, bookings and expressions of interest will be welcomed please contact Rob Asplin by email or phone 5852 2736.

Whales at Ceduna.

Another terrific 3-day flight tour is to Ceduna and onto the Head of Bight to witness all the Southern Right Whales who visit this beautiful region to give birth and fatten up for the journey back to Antarctica. These tours are conducted during the winter months and this year should be quite spectacular. The whales breed every 3-years and always return to where they were born or have given birth before. Three years ago there were over 100 whales in at the Bight. For more information and bookings we would love to hear from you. This is the only tour we run where you see the Flinders Rangers and the Massive Grampians during the flights. Phone Rob mobile 0428 585 227.

Competition.

Here is your chance to win the $200.00 'gift voucher' for any canoeing adventure on the Lower Goulburn River. All you have to do is have a go, all correct entries will be acknowledged, tossed into an old hat for the official draw sometime later in January.

Q. Which is further south, Ceduna or Newcastle?

Where Eagles Fly.

For all the lucky people canoeing and camping along the Lower Goulburn National Park who have witnessed the Wedge Tail Eagle families teaching their young to fly. The young eagles seem very naughty and not doing what the proud parents want. Instead of soaring above the river gums they are flapping wildly and going around in circles. The young birds will finally get the hang of it but just at the moment it is worth the trip to Wyuna to see this fantastic sight. It takes my mind back to Barlow the Eagle who became quite famous about 10-years ago. Barlow was born with white completely under his left wing, and he was spotted regularly by canoeist and people on the Kingfisher Cruise at Barmah. There is a true story about Barlow and I will forward it to you on request. Just ask for the story about Barlow the Eagle.

Happy New Year.

From all of us here at River Country Adventours all the very best for the New Year. May the year be happy, safe and rewarding and we hope you can find some time to come up to the river for some camping and fun on the rivers.