Gippsland’s Rivers

I love Gippsland’s rivers. There are so many where a week or more’s placid canoeing can be had. I think it would be a good idea to replace the Bible and the Koran in church and mosque with the book, ‘Canoeing the Rivers & Lakes of Victoria’ by Chris & Yvonne McLaughlin! It is three weeks (by my reckoning) on the Wonnangatta-Mitchell from the Humphray River confluence to Lake King. A similar voyage can be had on the Snowy. Slightly shorter journeys on the Thomson, Macalister, Tambo, Mitta Mitta & etc. I have some ‘secret’ river trips which are not in the book (though these MAY yet be declared ‘heretical’): for example, a week can be had on the ‘uncanoeable‘ Tyers River (from Growler’s Creek to the Morwell River confluence). It contains probably the scariest bit of whitewater (a waterfall and chute) I have ever survived (many times) just below the start of the old tramline. The faint hearted CAN portage it (That’s me these days!). I reckon the Latrobe could be canoed from much closer to Noojee but I haven’t yet done so. A pleasant day can even be had coming down the Tarwin from the Sth Gippsland Hwy near Meaniyan and finishing at the Tarwin Lower pub – what better way to top off a lovely day? No need for self-chilling beer at the end of the trip anyway!



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