mouth of the murray

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does any one no how long it would take to drive to the mouth of the murray from beachport & back im working on about 9 to 10 hrs return trip does that sound right
i no it depends on tide & soft sand & other things but if all goes well what do you think
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Reply By: Ralph M2 - Saturday, Oct 13, 2012 at 17:05

Saturday, Oct 13, 2012 at 17:05
I tried a few years back from 42 mile crossing to Kingston got to a drain and after that the ground was seaweed and we both got bogged a out 3 times, u couldn't tell what was good and what wasn't so we went back to the drain and took a dirt road to Kingston. I think they have closed the access to the mouth about 1k before it. I think 9 or 10 hours might be optimistic
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Follow Up By: putrol - Saturday, Oct 13, 2012 at 18:41

Saturday, Oct 13, 2012 at 18:41
sorry i should have been a liitle clearer from beachport driving up the hwy to near lake cantara nth/sth & then hit the beach from there but if the access is closed theres no point i will check that out be for i think any more about it thanks
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, Oct 13, 2012 at 19:19

Saturday, Oct 13, 2012 at 19:19
Some years since we got close to the mouth from the south, but the beach is accessable from several places, including Kingston, The Granites and 42 Mile Crossing.
I do recall that the beach became softer as we got closer to the Mouth.
Never had a drama crossing the creek near Kingston, but seaweed could be an issue.

Several 4WDs were lost along the beach a few years ago due to a high tide during a fishing comp.

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Peter
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Reply By: Member - nick b - Saturday, Oct 13, 2012 at 22:19

Saturday, Oct 13, 2012 at 22:19
Putrol : the minimum distance is about 100 ks if you work on an average of 20 to 40 ks p/hr some times easy but other ... not for the faint hearted .
pick your weather & tide's also I would to go alone ... let us know if you need more info !!!


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Reply By: RobAck - Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 at 19:17

Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 at 19:17
Having done this trip several times my best advice is don't go alone as the beach can be quite tricky past 42 mile and Salt Creek crossings and the beach itself is not wide and the tides can be quite quick. As well fuel consumption can be quite high as the sand gets very soft

My advice would be to drop in at Victor Harbour as that's the simplest section to the mouth if on your own

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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 at 21:53

Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 at 21:53
I guess you mean Goolwa not victor harbor !!!
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Reply By: Crackles - Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 at 21:09

Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 at 21:09
From memory it was 2 hours up the road to 42 mile crossing then just short of 3 hours (with breaks) to the Murray mouth driving pretty much as fast as the conditions allowed. (10 hours total) The problem is so often the tides won't be suitable when you arrive. Certainly wasn't in our case as we ended up driving through sections of ocean just before dark. (It was touch & go) Years ago the beach was far smoother & could be done in less than 2 hours but after storms we found it very cut up, soft, steep in places with not much room as the tide comes in. As memtioned fuel consumption was atrocious with a couple of cars almost running out.
Additionally the ocean beach from Tea Tree Crossing up to the Murray Mouth is closed to vehicles from 24 October to 24 December each year. This stretch is the breeding ground of the Hooded Plover.
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at 09:15

Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at 09:15
We camped at Tea tree and its 100km up to mouth from there.

Its was a straight run (my son on L plates drove on way up) and it took 6 hours return.

Then we drove on beach south almost to kingston and were able to play on the dune buggy fun section south of Tea tree which made the trip worthwhile.

From the mouth south the beach drive is approx 200km long - the longest beach drive I am aware of.
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