Murray River

Submitted: Monday, May 26, 2014 at 16:44
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Am thinking of doing the Murray River from The Hume Weir to the sea. I have a Quinny Explorer with a 25hp. has anyone done it, or does anyone know some good research areas on the net.
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Reply By: moamajohn - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 21:09

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 21:09
Gday Peter.I have done it a number of times in a 3.8 tinny with a 25 mariner once you get near Mildura its a big ! river. At the moment the river is very low as some works are in progress .However you need to get some maps as a guide for the Vic section after that its no big deal ,there is a book out done by a couple from Berri that I use as my bible ,I think they may be online too ,I have lent mine so the names escape me but a mapshop or large N/agent may help.You also need to get the lockmasters phone no,s to get update and to book times .You also need to speak to S.A.maritime board as Lake Alexandrina can be fatal ! [I did not venture ] plus you need to enquire with them in regard to access to the small "barages " near mouth. For what its worth my tinny is a small tiller job but I had it chockers with camping gear which was an assett once I got to Renmark .Reason being that the river is very wide and has some very long straights,these sections can be very windy at times .as a consequence if you travel slow you bounce up and down and get drowned if you go fast you get the crap belted of you ! kinda like corrugated roads.They can be very tiring. I did it 8 weeks ago to Renmark I find this section from Hume the most challenging and enjoyable .Have fun John
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Follow Up By: moamajohn - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 21:19

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 21:19
Found this ..River Murray Charts Maureen Wright.Put it in the google thingy .thats all you need it has phone nos etc.John
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 00:20

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 00:20
Try this page. There are 14 Murray River Access Maps in the middle of the page. They are extremely detailed and well worth the money. They show you where the larger snags,reefs and sand bars are.
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Follow Up By: Peter O21 - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 09:05

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 09:05
Thanks John thats of great help. I have ordered the books you suggested. You seem like a go to man as far as this trip is concerned. Do u mind if i contact you again sometime if I have more specific questions..Pete
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Follow Up By: bigden - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 12:35

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 12:35
ive had that murray river charts book for years , if its still available its a great publication
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Follow Up By: moamajohn - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 15:34

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 15:34
Anytime mate. Do they have PM,s on this site .?
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Follow Up By: Peter O21 - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 15:55

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 15:55
PM's ?? Sorry not sure what you mean
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 17:20

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 17:20
Quote "Do they have PM,s on this site .?"

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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 22:39

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 22:39
Peter

Why leave out the best bit- from upstream of Corryong to the Hume Weir? The Murray Meander does a third of the River every year. I did the top third two years ago. If you want to do it with other people and have a lot of fun, Google Murray Meander.

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Follow Up By: Member - Peter H1 (NSW) - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 17:45

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 17:45
When you get down to the area between the last [or first] lock and the Barrage, there is no tidal action in the river. BUT be aware that if the wind blows towards the mouth it takes a lot of water with it [just like water in a bath tub] and it does not come back till the wind stops or blows the other way. this put a lot of sand banks where they are not normally found. A friend of mine was aground for several days because of this [in a house boat].

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Reply By: Happy Frank - Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 21:04

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 21:04
Sorry about the late reply but I was locked out of replying due to changing my email address. I have done most of this trip although not in one go. My tinnie is a 4.4 m Savage with a 35 hp Evinrude. Fuel supplies must be considered but the most I have needed is 2 tanks, ie 45 litres between fills, the longest gap I recall is Wentworth to Customs House on the NSW/SA border. With side trips up creeks etc, I carry two full tanks and a 20 litre jerry and have plenty. Another thing to consider is whether the locks are open at the time of your trip, at present Lock 4 is closed for alterations for the next 3 to 4 months. This is not insurmountable but your would need a car and trailer to get around Locks which are out of action. I live near Lock 4 so could help with that if I'm not away. Plan it out and its a great trip.
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