Trip Reports

  • Wagga Wagga to Narrandera Murrumbidgee trip report. 21-28 January 2023
    Wagga Wagga to Narrandera Murrumbidgee trip report. 21-28 January 2023 Trip report and photos from the crew of 18, led by Peter Caley This Murrumbidgee trip traverses Wiradjuri Land. The  Wiradjuri are people of the three rivers: the Wambool (now known as the Macquarie River), the Kalari (the Lachlan River) and the Murrumbidjeri (the Murrumbidgee River). The Wiradjuri suffered dispossession and violence along the Murrumbidgee as a result of colonial expansion
  • Macquarie Marshes Safari17-20 November 2022
    Macquarie Marshes Safari17-20 November 2022 Macquarie Marshes Safari17-20 November 2022By JENNY SALEEBA, BRON POWELL and KEVIN SONGBERGFive keen Club paddlers (Bron, Kevin, Liz, Kelvin and Jenny) headed out to the Macquarie Marshes wetlands for a multi-day adventure. By late in the day on 17 November, we had arrived at the remote accommodation of Willie Retreat in the Macquarie Marshes for a three day stay. Travel times of up to eight hours had
  • South West Tasmania: Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour – February 2022
    South West Tasmania: Port Davey and Bathurst HarbourFebruary 2022By KEVIN SONGBERG Four keen paddlers (Kevin Songberg, Simon Wilkes, Mel Kruger and Paul Black) headed to the far South West Wilderness area in Tasmania—self-guided and in for a great adventure. It was one of those trips that was just ‘good for the soul’. So what made it such a great trip? Was it the rich and diverse landscapes, the amazing weather, the
  • Wingecarribee River / Berrima to Macarthurs Crossing – 27 March 2021
    Wingecarribee River / Berrima to Macarthurs Crossing – 27 March 2021 Trip Leader – STEVEN MOLINOBy STEVEN MOLINO / Images DARREN RASSLACK We all thought that with all that rain the weekend before there would be something to paddle, so emails started to fly midweek. Everything north of Sydney was still too high and most sections of the Nepean River—including its tributaries—were also all too high. However, Pheasants Nest to Maldon
  • Macquarie Marshes 8-10 April 2021
    Macquarie Marshes 8-10 April 2021 Trip Leader/Images: Bron Powell Sometimes you just have to seize the opportunity when the planets align. It was a rare and exciting opportunity to have… 1. A great crew already on their way out to Western NSW ( just finishing part one of the canoe adventures on the Upper Macquarie); 2. A favourable weather forecast; 3. A river system, with a water level just peaking from
  • Upper Macquarie River / Freemantle Road Bridge to Long Point 2-6 April 2021
    By ROBERT WALKER / Images BRON POWELL, JIM CAMPBELL and ELIZABETH WALKER Easter 2021 was to be a RCC Safari with a difference: rather than the usual whitewater creek boat adventure, this year it was to be a canoe expedition. Open Canadian canoes were once the craft of choice for River Canoe Club. The skills and techniques for negotiating a multi-day whitewater trip in an open canoe are quite different to
  • Turon and Macquarie Rivers 6-8 January 2021
    It was the Christmas/New Year break, and we had our annual leave booked—with a kayaking trip to Coffs Harbour planned and camping paid for. But the weather forecast was staring to look epic. Camping in torrential rai—yeah nup. So a small intrepid crew, with a quick turnaround, couple of Zoom meetings, rain checks, accommodation checks and river levels monitored, eddied out of the Coffs plan and went with the flow to
  • Kangaroo Valley Weekend
    13-14 March 2021 Club members enjoyed an action-packed weekend at Kangaroo Valley on 13-14 March 2021. On Saturday morning, after setting up base-camp at Bendeela Camping Ground,  we all headed out to Lake Yarrunga in Morton National Park. Lake Yarrunga is a perfect spot for beginner and experienced paddlers alike.  It consists of two flooded river valleys (Kangaroo and Shoalhaven Rivers) and approximately 35km of flat water held by Tallowa Dam.
  • Forster/ Tuncurry Weekend Paddle
    We set out for a weekend trip with the club early February to Tuncurry/Forster- about 3-4 hours north of Sydney. Thursday night after Melissa fixed her Pittarak, Simon had a beer and we all had a bit of a chit chat, we packed the trailer with the boats ready for our weekend away.
  • 2021 Australia Day Canoe Trip – Murrumbidgee River
    What a weekend, River Canoe Club’s first dedicated canoe journey in many years. Australia Day on the iconic Murrumbidgee River. 20 people, 10 canoes and 1 kayak, 100km of river, several beginner and novice canoeists, some seasoned expedition canoe families who had clocked over 800km of Murrumbidgee and a couple of former national and international canoe slalom paddlers who had not seen each other in 35 years. The stand out feature of this trip was the amazing group of people and how well the group bonded and worked together over the weekend.
  • Murrumbidgee River – Pine Island to Cotter Junction
    The Shoalhaven was rising so I asked the group if they wanted to paddle Oallen Ford to the Power Lines. A few were interested but by Friday morning it had risen too high. So the trip was moved once again and the Murrumbidgee was the destination. In the end there was just Ben Jones and Ian and Caroline Houghton who joined me. The river had risen mid-week but by the time we got on the water at Pine Island on Saturday it had dropped to 1.2m which was just enough to paddle everything. The water was an unusual dark brown colour but it soon became apparent that was due to runoff from bushfire ravaged areas upstream. The eddies were full of small pieces of charcoal and the banks were covered with a black mud from where the river have been more than a metre higher earlier in the week. The murky water made it very hard to see rocks which were just below the surface.