Travelling Victoria
Vol: 144 october 2011

Thanks for opening this our 144th newsletter and your continued support. This newsletter has been going for twelve years and still going strong. If you think you received the very first email "Travelling Victoria" please let us know. The first edition went out to 58-lucky people this one will go out to around 3,500.

The winner from last month's competition is Caryn Plant from Echuca. Michael Clarke is now the Australia test captain, having replaced Ricky Ponting after the Ashes Series last season. Thanks for all the entries, it is terrific each month to see all the entries right or wrong come in. There will be another chance to win in this bulletin.

Canoes on the Goulburn

Following good rains over winter the Goulburn River in particular is looking great for camping, canoeing, fishing and bushwalking this year. The river has returned to a good safe level and the bush is alive with blossoms and birds all nesting. We are seeing plenty of Night Herons and Egrets along the river flats in numbers not seen for years. Recently, whilst gathering fire wood for a camp I saw a couple of platypuses frolicking near the bank beside a log. If you get the chance to visit the lower Goulburn this year you will be amazed how quickly the river has returned to normal after all the floods earlier in the year.

Lake Eyre Update

Lake Eyre is the finish of the world's largest unregulated river system. Monsoonal rain and cyclonic water in biblical proportions have flooded Lake Eyre basin this year. The third time in 50-years Cooper Creek has made it all the way into Lake Eyre. The water coming down the Warburton system from the north is now beginning to reduce, leaving the Simpson Desert green and dotted with colour. Quite remarkable seeing this from the plane as we fly down from Birdsville to William Creek. We have arranged 22-tours so far and there are still a couple more with seats available, especially the tour on September 30-Oct 1. There may be further tours in October, but we have to be aware that the outback gets quite hot and thermals make the flights less pleasant. For more information on the "Flight to Eyre" please let us know.

Goulburn River Valley Holiday Planner

Now available in Visitor Information Centres all over the place, and worth getting a copy as it is one of best productions I have seen. The booklet covers all the places of interest all along the Goulburn River. River Country Adventours is well featured as we have tours and canoeing safaris at Seymour, Nagambie, Shepparton and Wyuna and along the National Park to Kanyapella. WE have a good supply here and if you wish we can arrange to post one out to you. Hope to hear from you, especially if you planning a trip into Regional Victoria this year.

Competition


This is your chance to win a $200.00 'gift voucher' for any canoeing safari on the Lower Goulburn River. Pretty simple, you just enter the competition with the correct answer. All the correct entries go into an old hat for the official draw later in October. So have a go, you may have a change of luck.
Q. What is the term for a group of foxes?

Future Flight Tours

River Country Adventours are arranging to extend our flight tours to include the following-
These tours are in addition to the 3-day Whale tour to the Head of Bight and the 2 and 3 day "Flight to Eyre". IN fact if you have a idea of what sort of an outback experience you want, let us know, and I am sure we can tailor a tour to suit your requirements. We look forward to your enquiries.