Let's go swimming in the river again daddy!

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We were in the Snowy River National Park, near McKillops Bridge a couple of weeks ago and came across the most exquisite, shaded water crossing where we decided to stop and paddle for a while. The thermometer on the car was reading 43 degrees outside at the time so it was a very easy decision to make. To cut a long story short for the next couple of hours we had our own piece of Shangri-La and we could have been the only three people on the earth.

With the weather tipped to be in the high 30's again tomorrow and the boss giving me the day off (even though she's still working) I asked my munchkin what she would like to do for the day. "Let's go swimming with the car in the river again daddy!" was the instant reply. "It's a bit far back to the Deddick Trail" I tried to explain to her . . . but . . . there must be something similar within relatively close proximity to home, I thought.

So on behalf of my 'Special K', where can dad take his three year old for a swim in the river tomorrow? The prerequisites are water which is paddling depth only, relatively uncrowded and close to home in Melbourne's far outer north.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 15:59

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 15:59
The pool in my backyard!!!
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 16:08

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 16:08
Thanks for the offer Bruce, but I could set her pool up in our backyard. I have to say for the number of peeps the question has had the response has been underwhelming! I'm currently doing a bit of web surfing for swimming holes along the Goulburn or Loddon Rivers. I don't s'pose you know whether there is swimming near Trentham Falls?
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 16:14

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 16:14
couldnt tell you sadly.. Jamieson along the river there? instead of turning into the town, keep going past it, 5-10k's theres river all along there, but no telling water temp, or how packed.
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 16:25

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 16:25
Hmmm I remember swimming in the Jamieson River as a kid. Could be the go, although a bit further than I had hoped to travel.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 11:59

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 11:59
And it was the solar heated pool in my backyard!!
It got a workout.. So did the BBQ..
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 12:06

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 12:06
We ended up in the neighbour's pool, as well, before adjurning to the local for a crayfish and one too many pints of Kilkenny. My kinda day!
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Reply By: Member - Luxoluk - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 16:08

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 16:08
A few good spots on the Goulburn River....but hard to recall location!!
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 16:24

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 16:24
Looks like it could be a case of simply following the Goulburn as closely as possible between Seymour & Jamieson until we find a suitable spot.
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Reply By: joc45 - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 16:13

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 16:13
Ahhh, I remember the pool well, and it also was about 43deg in the water bag, not a breath of breeze.
Nice country.
Gerry
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 17:49

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 17:49
Bindaree Hut, just at the crossing, nice and cool and crystal clear, great complany there too as I recall......
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 17:55

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 17:55
Yep that's the sort of place I'm looking for but not that far from home. At this stage I'm leaning towards Hughes Creek, near Seymour and only twenty minutes from home.
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Reply By: Glenn (VIC) - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 19:35

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 19:35
Hi Wombat...Loddon River is pretty low at the moment, but I am sure there is paddling depth at Vaughan Springs near Castlemaine. We stayed near there over Christmas and the river was very low. Unfortunately, where we stayed had big tiger leaches that stopped everyone from enjoying the cool water. Might still be a bit far from you, but from memory there isn't anything near Trentham Falls...then again...water levels could also be low. Why not ring Parks Victoria?

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Reply By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 20:41

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 20:41
Wombie the creek at Riddles Creek was running well the other day, be safe for paddeling, could be ok in the park across the way too, where the blue stone bridge is....

Lyn
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