Travelling Victoria
Vol: 193 february edition 2016

Another busy month with plenty of adventure seekers paddling the various sections of the Goulburn and Murray Rivers.  Our favourite region is the Lower Goulburn, from Wyuna through to Kanyapella. We have at least 3-pairs of Wedge Tailed Eagles that have settled in well and just in the last year or so we have a couple of White Bellied Sea Eagles take up residency.   They have their nest high up in a River Gum beside the river about 12-km downstream from Yambuna Bridge.  These are often spotted by canoeists as they slowly paddle downstream   There have also been few sightings of the shy platypus, this is a real bonus for our lucky customers.  The river at the moment is clean and healthy, a terrific time to come to the bush.
Colin Freeman from Whittlesea was the lucky winner from last month’s competition.  Colin has won a $200.00 gift voucher for any canoeing and camping adventure on the Lower Goulburn River.  Everyone knew that the Hopkins River flows through Wickliffe on it’s way to the sea at Warrnambool.  The Hopkins was named by the early explorer Major Thomas L Mitchell who crossed the river near Stavely in 1836.   There will be a further chance to win this fabulous prize later in this newsletter.

Flight to Eyre.

The current status of Lake Eyre is that it has a good covering of water up to 3-metres in some areas and all the northern rivers are in flood from heavy monsoonal rain across most of Northern Australia over recent times.  All this water is slowly coming down to the Lake Eyre basin and should arrive in a few weeks, just in time for our first lot of tours.  The following scheduled tours with vacancies at the moment are-
  • April 3-4        1-seat.
  • April 11-12    8-seats
  • May 9-10      6-seats.
The tours start in Shepparton and fly up to Birdsville for overnight and then the next day over massive Lake Eyre.  The huge lake is 144-km in length and about 80-km wide.  It is the lowest point in Australia being 15-metres below sea level and when completely full it is about sea level, amazing.   Some of the other highlights of this well organized flight tour include Mungo, Broken Hill, Innamincka, Cooper Creek (which is wider than the Murray at the moment), the famous Dig and Burke Tree, Simpson Desert, Big Red, Lake Eyre, Flinders ranges and much much more.  This would be one of the best tours in Australia.
For further information and prices please contact River Country Adventours phone 03. 5852 2736  M 0428 585 227

Calling All Schools.

River Country Adventours have all the gear for school groups to experience canoeing and the Australian bush.  We have guides, accreditations and a unique understanding of the history and heritage of the regions we operate in.  A good option is the serene water around Nagambie in Central Victoria.   With all the amenities at the Leisure Park, this is good for the students, teachers and us.  For information and pricing contact Rob today on or phone M. 0428 585 227.


Here is you chance to win that illusive $200.00 gift voucher for any canoeing/camping adventure on the Lower Goulburn up near Echuca.  All you have to do is correctly answer the question and all correct entries get tossed into an old hat for the official draw sometime later in March.  So have go, it is about time your luck got better, and all correct entries will be acknowledged.  Good luck!
Q. What river flows through Dimboola?

Thought for the Day.

The difference between cats and dogs.  You phone the dog and he will move heaven and earth to answer.  You phone the cat and you go straight to voice mail with the message “You have phoned the Cat, leave a message and if I feel like it I might call back” .........................