Friday-Sunday 22-24 February: Paddling the Tumut River with Paul and Fi.
Distance: 24.5km | Climb: -30m | Time: 9.00am – 1.45pm (4hrs 45mins), including 45 mins of breaks | Grading: L/M (paddle); M(10)
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Thanks to Greg K, I borrowed his SOT kayak as a fortnight ago. I gotta get me one of these fun boats. Strapped on the town car, I arrived at our meet point in Lawson in good time, but minus a seat. A quick trip to BCF Belconnen and I was suitably equipped – and on my way, equipment wise, for my own SOT.
A very pleasant trip as a passenger to Tumut, with a couple of stops. Some shopping, then out via the Tumut airport to our booked accommodation at Kookaburra Cottage. I could get used to this glamping!
Especially as my Eternity church friends defer to me as the oldest and give me the best room!
A barbie out on the back lawn under a magnificent gum tree rounded off the day.
An early start on Saturday. We drove into Tumut and met Fi’s boys at the riverside opposite the racecourse. Leaving a car there, we piled in Paul’s car pulling the trailer with 5 boats and drove via the Snowy Mountains Highway and Blowering Dam Access Road to below the dam wall. An old sign points along a footpad down to the river.
Much setting up and away at 9am, launching into a small, quiet backwater. Lovely clear water.
Out in the main channel of the river, the water was flowing fast. Who knows how many km/hr, but it carried us along quite quickly. 500m downstream we passed under the Hume and Hovell Walking Track foot bridge.
What followed was a very pleasant nearly 5 hours of Tumut River paddling. Magnificent trees by the river, and sequences of quick current, fast and shallow drops and wider pools requiring some paddling effort.
We had a break every hour or so to stretch our backs.
There were plenty of onlookers.
Not being a swimmer, or even particularly liking water, all that I experienced were the inevitable paddle drips. However, one of our party tested the water temperature twice – by full immersion.
At last our pull out point came into view and we maneuvered out of the central current into a quiet eddy to land. A drink and lunch at the nearby Racecourse Cafe whilst the car shuttle was completed.
We returned to our accommodation for a shower and relax. Perhaps lunch didn’t agree with me because, after washing the boats, I had a barf and went to bed. The others enjoyed pizza for tea.
Sunday morning I was fine. We breakfasted and drove into town, first to the ubiquitous Rotary Lookout, then to have a look at the Tumut Railway Station.
Some great history – they got a little excited when the rail line was opened in 1903, expecting that the area would become the national capital – and signage and the site of a railway foot warmer plant.
A relaxed trip back as a passenger. We topped off the glamping weekend with an elegant lunch at Clementine in Yass.
What a fab weekend. Thanks heaps, Paul and Fi.
5 paddlers – Jeshua B, Nathaniel B, Paul and Fi B (leaders), me.