Club Trips are the recent calendar dates, whether they be day, weekend or longer paddles, that our club has enjoyed (or not!). They are flat water, coastal or the annual trip to Victoria for whitewater, and are structured to varying degrees of experience
Renmark backwaters 10-13 March 2017
A long weekend car camping trip near Renmark area to take up invitation by CanoeTheRiverland to use their property.
Marina and I arrived Friday midday with the intention to do some initial exploring but ended up having an afternoon nap. No apologies, I’m getting old!
Chris, Peter and Brian arrived early evening and set up camp. Helen and Kim phoned to say they would be there about 10am Saturday so we decided to wait for them and have a relaxed morning.
Next morning about 9am Peter cut his head open on the back of Chris car, and we had to rush him to hospital. We left him there and managed to pick up Helen and Kim in Renmark on the way back.
We eventually started paddling at about midday, leaving Chris behind to pick up Peter. Had a very nice paddle in some backwaters, only getting stuck once. Had a big surprise when Chris and Peter caught up to us, Peter showing off his 10 stitches. Carried on exploring to backwaters before joining the Murray again, and heading back to camp. Total distance 13 kms.
Weather was cooler on Sunday and we had a 9am start doing another 18 km of backwater channels. Got back to camp at 2pm, had a quick shower and headed off to the Woolshed Brewery just up the road, where we had a few local beers and some very dangerous lemonade (8%). That evening we joind CanoeTheRiverland on their moonlight paddle which was very enjoyable.
Monday morning we did a car shuttle to leave a car in Renmark before paddling from camp all the way into Renmark via RalRal creek, about 11 kms.
Many thanks to CanoeTheRiverland for the use of their property, lovely people and I can highly recommend them.
See the Gallery page for Photos.
Clean Up Australia Day 05 March 2017
We had a good Clean Up Australia paddle; we got collected 10 bags and a selection of random objects – including a washing machine bowl that Dave Mallet found ! Nice coffee & lunch at the bakery afterwards.
See the Gallery page for photos.
Rapid Bay 22 Jan 2017
Nine starters had an excellent paddle at Rapid Bay with light wind and minimal swell. The dolphins put on a show for us jumping out of the water, unfortunately too quickly for my camera. The seals and sea lions were more accommodating with their posing. Total distance was 15km and 4 hours of paddling.
Katarapko November 26-27, 2016
Check out Lee’s report and photos viewable here.
Chowilla June 11, 12 & 13th
Nine people in single kayaks embarked from the Border Cliffs custom house landings for the June 2016 long weekend paddle. Many of us had been on the previous Mularoo Creek paddle so it didn’t take long for the leader C to decide that we could tackle the “chute”, a fast flowing short cut into the Chowilla system. Located just downstream from the put in location, the chute is a 1.2 km windy creek with a couple of quite fast sections. Some prudent back-paddling and good line ups found us all spat out dry near the Salt Ck junction, and we then gently paddled downstream to our first campsite (near campsite 28).
At our campfire we were lulled into a false sense of warmth as the cold night descended. The next morning we had frost on the tents and the temperature had tipped nearly minus 2 degrees. After warming up and drying out, we headed off for a steady days paddle towards Slaney Creek. There were stands of dead trees from the drought but mostly the area was a lovely mixture of gums and reedy growth, with not much fallen wood to negotiate.
One of the exploratory aspects of the trip was the state of portage tracks and the new regulators. This information was hard to clearly establish beforehand, although we had some clues from a couple of members’ previous trips that Pipeclay creek may be a more likely portage. At the Slaney Ck junction we inspected the creek entrance, which had a reasonable flow and was relatively narrow.
We pushed on to the Pipeclay and Chowilla Ck junction and chose a campsite nearby. This enabled a short walk for an inspection of the new regulator and portage options. This original portage track remained and was feasible despite the new regulator, which was good news!
The second nights campsite was gorgeous but the night very frosty, reaching a minus 4 degrees. Not all of us were equipped with luxury camping gear (E & M) or even a mountain rated bag, and so an uncomfortable night ensued for some. However, the river in fog the next morning was atmospheric and cold feet were warmed by the early morning fire.
The third day’s paddle out was easy although against the flow. C and D checked out the Slaney Ck portage site at the Murray junction on the way past and it was deemed impossible- a very disappointing consequence of the new regulator.
We had managed the “Chute”, been impressed by E’s luxury tenting, witnessed S’s novel mud launching technique and survived the sub zero temperatures. Everyone had pitched in for the 4-to-a -kayak portage with minimal swearing and we were all grateful to the early morning fire makers.
A lovely trip all around and highly recommended. Trip length 34km. Photos in Gallery. Shauna
Mularoo Creek SA/Vic/NSW corner April 23-25
Nine single kayaks met at Paringa to move in convoy NE to the Lindsay River and unload at the Lindsay/Mularoo junction. We were on the water by 1pm and a leisurely 3hr paddle up the creek some 10km to set up camp. There was plenty of dead wood to keep the fire stoked but it had been a long day of travel and now a chilly night.
Most of us had moving water experience (annual white water trips in Vic) however the two new members were experienced paddlers but not among logs or currents.
Next morning was another beautiful day and, with empty kayaks, we progressed upstream further for a few hours enjoying the scenery, dodging logfall and reading the currents. We paused briefly to watch some young boys slide their sit-on-tops down a precarious bank to land badly in the water. We were to see these 7 lads once more. This time coming towards us after being dropped further upsteam – no parent accompanying them.
Our idea loosely was to reach the Murray River and go across to NSW or up to Lock 7. But 200m from the Murray a new regulator had been built and a string of great yellow balls on both sides prevented us from using the past paths for a portage. It was serious bush whacking to get to the regulator where there was then a nice 150m well-use track to continue to the Mighty Murray. However from the only possible park space for kayaks there was no way one would portage an empty kayak, let alone a loaded one, to reach the 100m to the regulator. As it happened by chance a gentleman was explaining, to a group the benefits of the AWMA (SA Water and Mallee Catchment Authority), the system of chambers under a grid to encourage safe fish passage and improve wildlife habitat. On being asked by me that this was a popular loop for kayakers, why did they not flatten a path for portage? The answer: “It was considered but the environment was more important!” There are 2 more new regulators in this area presumably with no consideration to kayakers. However we ate lunch and returned to camp easily with the flow. (20 kms).
This second evening was a chatty event and a lovely balmy evening. The parents of the boys were looking for their offspring as they had travelled downstream even further. We didn’t retire to bed until 9pm – rather unusual but it was so comfortable around the fire.
Last morning was another leisurely paddle back to the cars, a coffee in Renmark and home relatively early. (Trip total 41.4kms) Lee
Sir Joseph Banks (peer group paddle) April 7-9
Check out Mike’s article and photos on the sea paddle from Tumby Bay to the Sir Joseph Banks island group and return – on the NEWS Page.
Clean Up Australia Day, March 6
Eleven members of the club were involved in a Clean Up Australia Day activity on the Onkaparinga River. We paddled from the Wearing St car park upstream to the railway bridge picking up a variety of litter on the bank when we saw it. We were pleased to see that there was a lot less litter than in previous years although plastic bags discarded by fisherman are still a problem. The most memorable items were a mountain bike below the high tide mark and a couple of pieces of galvanised iron. Broken glass was also an issue. As is the tradition for Adelaide Canoe club we all met at the bakery for lunch as reward for negotiating the muddy banks of the River.
Eildon Victoria Whitewater summer 2015/2016
We have been lucky this summer to have three opportunities to visit Eildon, Victoria, and learn/renew our whitewater skills which are not generally utilised in SA waters.
In late November a group, under the supervision of Wayne and David, visited Eildon for brushing up on skills prior to the 5-day trip run by Wayne and Libby from Eildon to Seymore. (See the News item GOULBURN RIVER EXPEDITION, Eildon – Seymore). An interesting point is that there were two canoes (one single-open and one double) participating in this trip along with five single kayaks and 2 sit-on-tops.
Then in early January was our usual camp under Wayne and Libby’s instruction with ACC members, including polo players, and the chance to mingle with the Victorian Christmas crowd at Blue Gums Caravan Park. A great opportunity to see others in action and to know there is someone near to rescue in case of a wet exit! Mark Loram has written a very comprehensive report on this trip, which may be viewed here.
And lastly is the handful who (had been hiking on Mt Buller and) spent 2.5 days at Eildon on their way home in late January – just for the joyous challenge of riding currents and eddies. Lee
Largs to St. Kilda and return, Sept 26 & 27
What a perfect weekend of sunshine, tides and gentle breeze!
11 kayaks (6 men, 5 ladies), after storing cars at David’s house, set off in very pleasant conditions to Outer Harbour. Seals were basking on rocks of the far breakwater wall and didn’t seemed bothered by our presence. A couple of kilometers on we took a break at a sandy beach where we looked back at the PortTerminal and the bank of nesting seagulls/pelicans/ibis and odd oyster catcher. As we rounded the northern-most point the tide was definitely coming in and we spied St Kilda’s playground due east in the distance.
After 15kms and 3 hours easy paddling we were in St Kilda’s bay where we poked around the mangroves briefly and paddled up to the seawall in front of the community hall. It was a 30m carry over a pile of seaweed to a ramp. Well, not quite. Us and our load broke through a crust and we were up to our knees in crud!
However the hall was pleasant accommodation, a cold water shower, a kitchenette , tables, chairs and his and hers toilets. We laid out sleeping bags and sat outside to watch the sun sink towards the horizon. We could still hear people playing in the playground. The weather was so nice we left the kayaks outside this time. At 6.30 we were ready to cross the road to the local pub for an excellent meal.
Next morning we were packed, wheels attached under kayaks, to walk the 600m or so to the dredged boat channel which was rather busy at 8.30 on a Sunday morning. It was low tide.
Again it was a beautiful day and we ambled out to the main Barker Inlet channel in flat calm water, tuned south for a few kilometers before crossing very shallow water into the mangrove channels. Once we reached Swan Alley we had a break and disturbed a lone dolphin. Out in the Inlet again 2 members dropped off at Garden Is. while the main group continued past the shipwrecks on to the Port River to land at Snowdens Beach to be met by David to retrieved cars. Total 33kms. Thanks to Phil once again for a fun, gently trip.
Sellicks to Myponga Beach Aug 30.
Ten kayakers met on the flat sands of Sellicks Beach, ready for a days paddling to Myponga Beach and back. Conditions were idyllic with a sunny day and light winds forecast.
After negotiating a small surf break we headed directly towards Myponga under the watchful gaze of the giant Buddha statue at the Nan Hai Pu Tou Temple on Sellicks Hill. After passing the odd fishing boat we arrived at Myponga Beach, having paddled 7.5km in 1hr 15 mins. We landed the kayaks and had a light lunch and a brief wander around the shacks before returning to the water, where we hugged the coast for the return trip.
With virtually no swell, low winds and clear water we were able to move in close to the rocks and view the diverse marine life under the water as we paddled along. We made a temporary stop at the small bay at the very southern end of Sellicks Beach, where we practiced surfing on the small waves that were coming through, after which we made the final push back to the Sellicks Beach boat ramp. By this time the swell had increased slightly with the incoming tide, enabling us to surf in on reasonable sized waves.
After packing up we ordered some hot food and drinks from the local deli and then enjoyed an afternoon tea in the shelter-shed at the top of the cliff, overlooking the sea. Thanks goes to Rob for organising the event. Total distance was 16km, with an average speed of around 6kph. Mike
Cape Jervis to KI and return, 15th August (peer group)
After keeping a very close eye on the weather forecast, Mike, Bernard and Siobhan met early on a Saturday morning at Cape Jervis ready to paddle to Kangaroo Island. With the swell forecast to be < 0.5m and the winds <5 knots in the morning, we left at about 1hr30mins before the low tide to minimise tidal drift, and headed from Cape Jervis towards Cuttlefish Bay (8km east of Penneshaw).
There was a slight swell as we neared Lands End, but after that the sea flattened and the trip was done in glassy conditions – hardly a ripple on the water. When we stopped for break in the middle there was not a sound – no wind, no waves, no boats, no birds – it was so quiet it was almost eerie. We saw a couple of friendly sea-lions on the way over, but no other wildlife or container ships passing through. We sighted Cuttlefish Bay from about 6km away and it seemed to take forever to travel the distance – arriving there about 1hr after we first saw the white sands in the distance.
The 16.5 km trip over took 2hrs 30mins, averaging just under 7kph.
After an early lunch at Cuttlefish Bay, the original plan was to paddle 8km west to Penneshaw to catch the ferry back home, however the next ferry was leaving in 5 hrs, so we re-checked the weather for the wind forecast and with a wind speed of 5 knots from the NW we deemed it safe for a return journey to Cape Jervis. The flood tide was nearing its peak, so we paddled east towards Antechamber Bay, hugging the coast, for 2km before ferry gliding back to Cape Jervis, encountering a small sloppy wave (due to the NW wind hitting the flood tide). It was an interesting ferry glide as we had to point the nose of the kayaks towards Deep Creek to avoid missing Cape Jervis. About 2km out of Cape Jervis the water flattened and we stopped for a break and could hear the noise of waves in the distance – it was tidal race about 200m away. The flooding tide took us into the race, where we experienced confused (but small) seas, however it was quite manageable. The return trip was about 20km and took 2hrs 30mins as well – slightly quicker due to the incoming tide.
Total distance was 36km for the day.
Photos of the trip are at http://users.adam.com.au/mikedunn/15Aug_BackstairsPassage.pdf Mike
Wellington – Pomanda Point, May 24
We had another good paddle from Wellington (on the lower Murray) to Pomanda Point in Lake Alexandrina.
17 paddlers, including a visitor from Canada, enjoyed a tail wind on the way out, then no breeze on the way back – very convenient. Some might have been a bit weary with the 28km round trip, but it was good Grade 3 / Intermediate paddle and one more of our trainee guides has logged up a day toward becoming qualified.
Easter long weekend, April 3-6
8 single kayaks met at Paringa for the last hours drive to Loch 9 on the Murray River downstream from Wentworth, Vic. We had a weekend of mild weather ahead and were keen to explore the backwaters on the Victorian side.
After the long drive it was 3pm by the time we actually launched so a short paddled up the Murray before turning onto Mullroo Ck and 5kms more to set up camp.
Saturday was up the Mullroo enjoying the quietness and scenery. About noon we checked out Deadman’s Ck which, in previous trips, had proved impassable due to floods/bridge construction. This time it was placid and pleasing, easy to pass under the bridge and pop out on the Murray, marvel at all the campers on the NSW side, paddled over for a lunch stop and returned down Deadman’s Ck. Then onward a little more to find a camp site at the upper end of the Mullroo when the water got too shallow. (3 hardy paddlers struggled on for a further kilometre to explore.)
Sunday was the return leg exploring the even quieter creeks of Wallpolla and Wilpenance. Only one fallen tree to cause us a challenge, swims were in order, small campfires and no dew at all on our tents.
The last night’s camp was a lagoon 3kms from Loch 9 and, although we had gusty winds (and an eclipse – not that we stayed up too long), we awoke to sunshine and a pleasant paddle back to the cars. However by the time we hit the SA boarder the showers had meet us and we were very pleased about the timing. (Total distance 50.5kms) Lee
Coffin Bay, March 24-27
The much anticipated 4-day expedition to the Sir Joseph Banks group of Islands offshore from Tumby Bay was relocated to the protected waters of Coffin Bay due to a forecast of 20-25 knot winds and heavy seas . Upon meeting at the Tumby Bay caravan park, the decision was made to seek sheltered waters for the 4-day expedition.
Under the leadership of David, with Bruce and Ian undertaking leadership training, we departed the Coffin Bay township and paddled west past Rabbit Island in calm conditions towards a deserted sandy beach close to the entrance to Yangie Bay where lunch was enjoyed. After a few more kilometres paddling we arrived at a deserted and protected cove with a sandy beach and a lovely camping area. After tents were set up some of us relaxed and took in the view, whilst others swam and fished, but all enjoyed the idyllic surroundings.
The next day saw us paddling in a north-westerly direction, hugging the rugged limestone cliffs where possible to escape the strengthening winds as we paddled towards Pt Longnose, where we encountered water so shallow we had to portage the kayaks by hand to the beach, before taking a brief walk over the dunes to view Coffin Bay proper and stop for lunch. The return trip to camp saw squalls of rain and wind as we paddled past kangaroos on the cliffs looking down on us. With the cooler conditions upon us, we all enjoyed a hot meal for tea and were amazed by a friendly dolphin that swam very close to the shoreline in search of fish. Evening fell as we watched a lone bat flitter above us and the sun dipped below the horizon.
Day three greeted us with strong southerly winds, so after packing up our tents we headed back towards the Coffin Bay township, hugging the shore and spooking copious stingrays in the shallow water. After passing the entrance of Yangie Bay, we then headed north for a brisk 4km down-wind paddle into the mouth of Mt Dutton Bay where many of us surfed the small choppy waves. Upon reaching the more protected waters of Mt Dutton Bay we found a sheltered and elevated campsite where tents were set up and tea was cooked.
The last day saw calm conditions as we paddled northwards to the small townships of Mt Dutton East and Mt Dutton West, where we passed an oyster bed, before heading south towards the Coffin Bay township. Upon arriving at the entrance of Mt Dutton Bay we stopped briefly for a rest and managed to chip a few fresh oysters from the rocks to eat. Back at Coffin Bay we set up tents in the caravan park and then enjoyed a lovely pub meal at the Coffin Bay Yacht Club, watching a spectacular rainbow over the water as the sun set to the backdrop of a three-piece band.
Each of the four days saw us paddling around 20km, with almost 80km paddled for the entire expedition. Many thanks go to Rob for diligently organising the trip and for the terrific leadership skills of David, Bruce and Ian. Photos are at http://users.adam.com.au/mikedunn/15Mar_CoffinBay.pdf Mike
Coastal Paddles March 7-9th
This 3-day weekend on our coastal waters turned into 2 days because of iffy weather. However Saturday had 12 paddlers (11 kayaks) show up at Myponga Beach where we headed south along cliffs, rock gardens and outcrops into a slight wind and choppy surface but no white caps. At 6.8kms was a sheltered beach, easy landing and lunch, before setting back. This time we had the waves and wind behind us. The shore break was still choppy and the plastic boats were more daring in the rocks as we didn’t have much clear vision among the white-wash. One rogue wave snuck up behind us and a warning cry from David gave us a few seconds to take evasive action otherwise there may have been some 4 boats with serious abrasions! Distance 13.5kms.
Sunday was a bit rough but turned out to be fun training for 12 paddlers at West Beach practising surf landings with a few capsizes. We also got to meet the new addition to the King family and potential club member.
During these long evenings of daylight, ACC has been busy with weekend and evening paddles, skill sessions and training for Trainees wanting to become Guides or Instructors for the club. Participants would, under supervision, take on the task of teaching paddling skills, rescues and talk about equipment. Those wanting sea skills had to cope with very imaginative scenarios of sudden ‘injuries’ and group rescues – a lot of fun in a controlled environment.
March looks to be just as busy with some long distance paddling coming up.
Eildon, Vic, whitewater Nov. 23 – 29
After an 11hr drive to the Blue Gums Caravan Park just downstream from Eildon on the Goulburn River, we all met up in warm conditions and set up camp. This was a new idea to have ‘moving water’ experience in November (in addition to Jan. holidays) and we had the lawns, camp kitchen, amenities block and river to ourselves!
The first day on the water was most interesting. We did refresher whitewater skills in the morning under instruction of David and Wayne. All 8 of us had been to Eildon at least twice before so edging and rescues moved along nicely. The afternoon session was cut short due to a terrific downpour and lightning. Instead we parked the playboats in the large puddles on the lawn, admiring and goofing around in 4” of water for photos.
Over the next 4 days our numbers swelled to 12, the weather was warm, we paddled the Pondage to camp, camp to Thornton, zipped through ‘the sump’, admired the bunnies, were deafened by the cicadas and enjoyed coffee at Eildon. (The butcher and green grocers have closed doors).
We also drove to and arranged car-shuttles at Big River to do the ‘slalom rapid’ and continued down to the more technical end of the non-existent Burnt Bridge. We also started further up at Chaffes Camp back down to the slalom playing in small Grade 2 rapids along the way. Six of us then dashed to the road pullout taking 20min as opposed to the 1.5hrs of careful coaching/guiding as done before.
Was it all worth the long drive there and back? Most certainly – and loads of fun!
Interesting fact: In heavy rain it is difficult to see the definition of the eddy lines! Lee
Coorong Nov 1 -2 2014
Saturday’s forecast wind had been increasing over the last few days, now 20knots. That is, a bit beyond our usual cut off; but we were starting from Mundoo channel on Hindmarsh island, which we have done before – it has a good view of the route and several safe pull-out places. So we loaded up our kayaks – one double, two single sea kayaks and one expedition type sit-on-top.
Soon after starting (at 1050 hrs), we found the breeze had ‘freshened somewhat’. But we stayed together, paddled hard, used lots of sweep and rudder strokes and progressed quickly downwind; erratically across the wind; and then slowly into the wind. We had a chat at the end of Mundoo Channel, stayed grouped together and pushed across the Coorong to the calm sheltered water along the Younghusband Peninsula.
Lunch stop was at Godfreys landing. Then we continued SE along the coast and crossing Mosquito Bay on to Tauwitcherie point, where Mike led us through a short cut channel, which saved a long walk and drag across the sandbank. At 1345 hours we arrived at the shed and grassy bank indicating our destination.
We landed, loaded up our bags and strolled along the track to Scott & Julie’s charming little house / shack, called the ‘Snakepit’. Some of us set up tents, others accepted the offer to use beds inside. Coffee and refreshments were taken on the veranda, then we went for a walk to enjoy the views over the Coorong and spotted lots of kangaroos and emus. Next was drinks and nibbles, then a barbecue; then we relaxed in the lounge by the open fire with a glass of chocolate port or special reserve green ginger wine. Sort of just what we usually do on all our kayak camping trips??
Sunday morning was fine and calm so at 0945 hrs, we paddled across to check Tauwitcherie barrage, with it’s small lock that can save an awkward portage into Lake Alexandrina. But not for us today; instead we paddled back ‘up’ the Coorong channel until a stop for lunch, then decided to go exploring Boundary creek. This required a bit of a portage, but we teamed up and used the carrying loops. Up Boundary creek we climbed onto the barrage for a look – maybe we’ll come that way in the future. Then back out to the main channel and a pleasant paddle back to the vehicles at 1500 hrs. Next stop, the bakery, then home.