Travelling Victoria
Vol: 127   May 2010


A free monthly newsletter for clients and friends of Accredited Tourism Operators. River Country Adventours. A leader in Adventure Tourism. ABN 16 098 181 833.

Welcome to another edition of "Travelling Victoria" newsletter which has been going out in this format since 2000 and before that 10 editions were available in hard copy.  So Travelling Victoria has been going almost as long as River Country Adventours which started in 1993.

Joan & I are proud grandparents again, our daughter Narelle gave birth to Lincoln in Shepparton on April 7, Lincoln is a little brother for Harrison.
The winner of last month's competition is Sandi Mc Conner from Essendon.  The answer we were looking for was a 'bevy' of girls.  Boy did we have some funny answers, and I promise not to have such hard questions in the future.

Flight to Eyre

We have just completed a very successful flight tour to Birdsville and Lake Eyre.  We have been conducting these special outback tours since 1997 and this year is by far the most spectacular and it will only get better.  Whilst flying over the Simpson Desert during the 500 or so km to Lake Eyre I took time to jot these notes down which I would like to share with you.

April 24, 2010

We left Birdsville in good conditions for flying with no clouds or wind.  The Simpson Desert is green and full of water holes.  Very spectacular, I have never seen anything like this before.  We followed the course of the Diamantina which is in flood with water flowing aimlessly across the desert, finding it's way round all the dunes.  After all the rain, the desert is alive with colour and heaps of water coming down.  We flew low across the Warburton River and followed this huge river all the way to Lake Eyre.  The lake is slowly filling and has as much water in it now as it did at the peak last year.  With all the water still coming, this is certainly going to be a huge flooding of the Lake Eyre Basin.  Only saw a few water birds, perhaps with so much water they could be anywhere.

The short distance from Lake Eyre to William Creek was more normal for the arid outback, with no water at all.  No more green.
Later in the day we crossed over the magnificent Flinders Rangers and then over Lake Frome, which has water in it.  This is the first time I have ever seen this, I worked out that this lake is about 45-km across.  Mighty trip, so proud to be Australian.

We have more trips planned and if you want any further information on this once in a  life time event, please let me know.  Phone 03. 5852 2736

Tours Brochure

River Country Adventours have produced a new batch of our 'tours' brochures and if you would like a free copy please let me know and one will be placed in the return post for you.

Paddle & Wine.
Very popular 2-day canoeing adventure from Seymour on the Goulburn River to Tahbilk Estate at Nagambie. Total distance paddled is just over 40-km with the camp around the junction with Hughes Creek. Last weekend Gavin Ashley and his great group of 19 completed this beautiful section of the Goulburn. With these larger groups we arrange for the coach to transport the group back to Seymour where the cars are safely parked at the Goulburn River Caravan Park.  If you are adventurous and are looking for a great way to fill in a couple of days, then the "Paddle & Wine" canoeing safari could be what you are looking for.  For more information and bookings contact River Country Adventours.


Here is you chance to win a $200.00 'gift voucher' from River Country Adventours.  Simply correctly answer the following question and your entry goes into an old hat for the draw later in May. All correct answers will be acknowledged, so have a go you never know your good luck....
Q. Which State is Lake Eyre situated?

Queens Birthday

Usually a great time to be on the river. This year the long weekend is June 12-14.  No flies and heaps of wood for a warm campfire at night.  River Country Adventours have some really nice campsites along the Lower Goulburn River in the Wyuna/Yambuna region. Good area for day and half day safaris and fishing.  Also Nagambie is becoming very popular for canoeing and fishing.  Situated just over an hour from Melbourne, Nagambie is a terrific place to visit.  Ian and Gwen are running our canoeing business in Nagambie and for bookings and more information phone 0449 504 398.