Paddling up the Molonglo River

Saturday 26 October 2019: Morning paddle on Lake Burley Griffin – M/W. How about a paddle on LBG in the morning? Meet on the shore on Menindee Drive (in past The Boathouse restaurant), on the water ready to start at 8am. Must wear PFD. Weather dependent (ring me on 0417436877 if in doubt on the day). No need to book – surprise me by turning up! Leader: John Evans.

Further Information

I put this on to test what reaction there would be. I was surprised! Maybe a better time is a Sunday arvo. Couldn’t do much with the high winds this morning.


Distance: 5.7km | Time: 7.45am – 9.15am (1hrs 30mins) | Grading: E-M paddle


Photographs are available, where you can start a large sized slideshow.


Waypoint and Track Files

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Track Notes

We couldn’t do much about the wind this morning and we were fortunate to get out early and back in as it continued to pick up. 4 narrow pointy boats and a SOT. Shell did so well in (on?) the SOT, having last paddled many years ago. A real hard effort to keep up with the others.

We paddled round into Molonglo Reach which was a little protected from the wind.

Paddling up the Molonglo River

With the rain last night and the direction of the wind piling up the water, we were able to visit a little inlet on the south side of the river which is normally closed off.

Paddling out of the little inlet

Plenty of company up the creek, with very narrow and pointy boats and large outrigger crews out from the canoe club.

We paddled under the second bridge (Stop sign gone), but quickly turned around when a water ski boat powered round the bend.

Paddled back down the Reach and battled the headwind back to the landing spot.

Thanks all. Must do it again!

Track Map



5 paddlers – Peter C, Shell D, Linda G, Roger H, me.