Murray River Trip

Submitted: Friday, Mar 18, 2016 at 11:58
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Just back from solo Murray River Trip - Echuca to the Sea.
1700kms. 56 days.
Vessel: Campercraft. 25hp Mercury outboard. 30cm draft
Started Jan 12, 2016.
Ended 7th of March at the last channel marker going into Lake Alexandrina. (couldn't cross lake in my boat). Trailered boat back to Echuca March 14.
Very pleased with myself. (62yr old lady)

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC TRIP

Anyone planning a Murray Adventure and wanting any help/info/advice - just ask!
smithmoir@gmail.com


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Reply By: Life Member - Fred B (ex-NT) - Friday, Mar 18, 2016 at 12:19

Friday, Mar 18, 2016 at 12:19
Well done. Glad you enjoyed the trip. Good to see someone having a go.
regards
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Reply By: Member - Michael P (QLD) - Friday, Mar 18, 2016 at 12:52

Friday, Mar 18, 2016 at 12:52
Now that would be a great trip.
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Reply By: Member - tazbaz - Friday, Mar 18, 2016 at 16:14

Friday, Mar 18, 2016 at 16:14
Impressive and inspiring
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Reply By: LandCoaster - Friday, Mar 18, 2016 at 20:56

Friday, Mar 18, 2016 at 20:56
I have a question....the last time i went to SA Murray you where allowed to camp for upto 21 days at a time, has that changed?
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Follow Up By: smithmoir - Friday, Mar 18, 2016 at 22:20

Friday, Mar 18, 2016 at 22:20
I believe there are NO restrictions on how long you can "camp"
(moor/tie-up) on the river, as opposed to camping on land.

Many, (but not all) of the riverside towns have 24hr or 48hr mooring
limits in their town limits. ( ie: at the tie-up areas which they provide
for visiting houseboats.

I met many people who live on the river on their houseboats permanently.
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Reply By: Mick O - Friday, Mar 18, 2016 at 22:15

Friday, Mar 18, 2016 at 22:15
A luxurious looking liner you have there. Congratulations on both your spirit of adventure and your achievement. It's on my bucket list but had thought to do it in a shallow draft aluminium punt camping on sandbars. One day soon....sigh.

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trip would doubtless be attended with much hardship.''
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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 07:44

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 07:44
Its a great part of the world, happy you got to experience it the way you did. Its something I have never thought of doing until now.
Many thanks for sharing and wish you the very best for your next adventure!!!!!
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 08:41

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 08:41
Would have been a great experience.

How much fuel did you use for the trip?

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Follow Up By: smithmoir - Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 12:55

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 12:55
Hi Bob,
I went through around 385 litres of fuel all up.
- Lee
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 17:35

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 17:35
Thanks Lee.

Seems a lot of fuel, at first glance, but dividing by the days on the River, it's less than 7L/day.

Pretty small bikkies for such an experience.

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Follow Up By: smithmoir - Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 17:51

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 17:51
I travelled at about 4-5 knots (2000-2500RPM)
- worked out around 4.4km per litre.
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Reply By: Robyn R4 - Sunday, Mar 20, 2016 at 10:19

Sunday, Mar 20, 2016 at 10:19
Oh wow. Hubby and I lived on Gunbower Island for 8 years and he would be so jealous of your boat and adventure. It was our dream to follow the Murray, and we only got to do the first "half" by car from Tom Groggin to Swan Hill.
We never got as far as dreaming of doing it in a boat!
Good on you!
Our local school used to take all the kids down to watch the bridge go up and down (big excitement in a small town!!). How do you get through the locks (and how many are there from Echuca downstream?)

:) Robyn

...and what a magnificent looking boat!!
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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Thursday, Mar 24, 2016 at 11:54

Thursday, Mar 24, 2016 at 11:54
Smithmoir,

I think you have every right to be pleased with yourself. A fantastic achievement!

I could have waved as you went past my place just downstream from Echuca.

Bob

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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Thursday, Mar 24, 2016 at 22:46

Thursday, Mar 24, 2016 at 22:46
What a fantastic achievement ! Good on you, regards, Michael
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