Travelling Victoria
Vol: 176 august 2014

Thanks once again for opening this newsletter, your continued support is greatly appreciated.   We have had enough rain in the bush, the trees have all enjoyed the rest from the heat of the summer.  We certainly live in a diverse country with draughts and floods.  Our primary produces are well aware of this as well as the outdoor tourism industry.  Particularly with canoeing and camping in the winter.  However, there are some great advantages such as the warm campfires at night and no flies or mosquitos.  Cuddle up at night and days are usually fine, with all the birds as normal. It is school holidays, a great time to bring the kids to the bush, see all the eagles, ducks, cockatoos and many other forest and water birds that make the Lower Goulburn National Park their home.  We are open and looking for business. 

The lucky winner from last month’s competition is Pearl Holding from Burwood, Pearl knew that Ceduna is in fact further north than Newcastle.  There will be another chance to win that $200.00 gift voucher later in the newsletter.

Whales at the Bight.

We have been conducting these 3-day flight tours from Shepparton to Ceduna since 2000, this year is the most whales we have ever seen at the Head of Bight.  This is terrific news as the Southern Right Whales were almost hunted to extinction in the nineteenth century and in 1937 they became a protected species.  Their numbers are slowly on the increase.  These beautiful creatures seem to love humans and show no fear and in fact swam towards the whalers who called them the ‘Right Whale’.  These gentile mammals that can weigh up to 70-tonnes breed on average every three years and they produce one calf each time.  Therefore the numbers are slowly on the rise and this year with up to 150 whales that can be easily viewed from the world class viewing platforms at the Bight, is a record.  The calves cannot dive until much later so the mothers stay on the top to allow the youngster to suckle, you can watch this for hours.  We have the plane and rooms available for the next tour with vacancies on July 28-30, 2014. 
For more information on this fantastic opportunity to witness something very special please contact Rob at River Country Adventours by email or phone 03. 5852 2736. 
Other highlights of this 3-day flight tour is the amazing scenes from the plane of the Flinders Ranges, Grampians, cliffs and ocean views  and the desolate lands near Lake Gardiner in South Australia and much much more.

For Sale

We have a 2007 Nissan Navara 4 X 4 twin cab ute with fiberglass canopy for sale.  The vehicle has done 166,000 km and is in excellent condition.  Registration until April 2015, plate UQR 347 white and is valued at $17,500.00 however we are prepared to negotiate with a genuine purchaser.  We have three vehicles and really don’t need this vehicle anymore.  You may know some one who may be interested and we can send photos and more details if required.  Never done this before, so it will be interesting to see if there is any prospective purchasers among our 3,500 people on the data base.
Also we are overstocked with canoes and kayaks and would be prepared to sell of some of the fleet.  We also have a couple of new canoes and kayaks for sale, a good deal is guaranteed for genuine buyers.  Again, we can send photos and more information on the canoes and kayaks if needed.


Here is your chance to win a $200.00 ‘gift voucher’ for any canoeing adventure on the Lower Goulburn River.  All you have to do is correctly answer the question, all correct entries will be acknowledged and you name will go into an old hat for the draw early next month.  Good luck.
Q. What is a group of whales called?

Duck Ducks!

Recently I was taking a trailer load of canoes to Cobram for canoeing on the Murray.  I was about half way through the journey along the Murray Valley Highway when all of a sudden there was a mother and father duck with 6-little ducklings crossing the road.  It was too late, I was about to wipe out the whole family, they disappeared under the bonnet and I feared the worst.  I felt horrible but my spirits lifted when I noticed in the rear vision mirror that the family were continuing there venture across the road.  They must have all stopped as I drove over them, when the trailer passed they arose and headed off to the other side.  Has anything like this ever happened to you, and is this the reason we call them ducks?


We are once again considering re-opening the RCA Adventure Club.  For the annual subscription of just $10.00 you will be entitled to discounts on the wine tours and canoeing.  I will be pleased to get some feed back on your thoughts.  Please email to