Macalister again: When the kids were very little on a hot day we used to cool off by spending the afternoon canoeing/swimming from Cheynes Bridge down to 20 Acre Creek (@ 1.5 hours paddling which we stretched to 4-5!) Even at the current seriously low water levels this stretch should still be OK so long as you don’t mind dragging the boats here and there, or a little bottom scraping. There are only pebble races in this stretch, and one small rocky ‘drop’ which you can see from the road on your way up.
We used to call this spot ‘The Willows’ and used to lunch in the cool beneath them, but our emerald brethren have spoken – and removed them, for our good no doubt! The great thing about this stretch of river is that you only need one car. Drop the kids, boats and wife/husband at the bridge, drive back to 20 Acre Creek, (taking ONE kid with you for a sympathy vote) stick out the thumb and five minutes later someone will have you back at the bridge. This way, when you have finished the trip you simply (re) load the boats and go home! Our kids seemed to always want to eat roast quail at the Wan Loy restaurant in Traralgon on the way home (which made the trip expensive)! YOU may have better alternatives! Another trip we used to do then was on the Tarwin River from the Buffalo Rd to Tarwin Lower boat ramp. You needed two cars for that, but as we lived in Tarwin Lower then, this was no problem!