Bulyong Island Loop Trail

A loop trail through the backwaters of Plummer Creek and Horseshoe Lagoon (Paringa) returning via the Murray River



Paringa (265 km from Adelaide)

Approx. 11 km return

Approx. 11 km return

Paddle Time Allow 4 hours




  • Paddle Distance

    Approx. 11km return trip. Allow 4 hours

  • Weather

    Always check weather and wind conditions before setting out.
    Visit BOM for weather conditions

  • Conditions

    Easy – suitable for novices - Protected waters – river and river backwaters
    Do the five weather safety checks

  • Facilities

    camping facilities including BBQ, fire pit, kitchen (fridge and oven), power, showers, toilets and change room. Limited on site dormitory accommodation.
    The moored paddle steamer Julie Fay is also available as a B&B.
    Canoes and Kayaks can be hired from this site

  • Parking

    Secure parking available at launch point

Paddling five checks BOM
Paddle SA is the governing body of paddle sport and recreation in South Australia. It leads and supports paddling in South Australia and encourages the safe exploration of our waterways. Paddling Trail South Australia has a range of Paddling Trails to suit different abilities. Know your ability.
Canoe the RiverlandCanoe the Riverland hire and deliver kayaks in this area. 835 Murtho Rd, Murtho, SA 5340 Link to waterproof Chowilla map available for purchase online

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Paddling Trails South Australia Avenza mapsIf you have a smartphone or tablet you can download the free Avenza PDF Map app and have interactive paddling trail maps on hand when you need them. The app uses your device’s built-in GPS to plot your real-time location within the park onto a map. The app can be used without a network connection and without roaming charges. You can also measure area and distance, plot photos, and drop Placemark pins.

Trail Information

The trail Bulyong Island loop trail starts at Canoe the Riverland located 8.35 km from Paringa on the Murtho Road. (GPS: 34.1117 S; 140.8009 E)

Once on the water in the creek, turn left from the launch site and travel about 350m to the Murray River, turn left into the river, and travel about 3.25 km to Kylie Creek located on the RHS at Point M.
(GPS: 34.1216 S; 140.7723 E).
From here keep left for about 2.4 km in this creek until a T-junction is reached at Point L (GPS: 34.1295 S; 140.7578 E). 

At this point turn right into Bulyong Creek. Travel along this creek for about 3.7 km keeping left at any branches and you will reach the Murray River again at Point J (GPS: 34.10808 S; 140.7558 E).

Turn right at this point and it is an easy 5 km trip back to your launch point at Canoe the Riverland.


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before your paddling trip.


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Paddling Trails South Australia.

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Paddling Trail South Australia has a range of Paddling Trails to suit different abilities.

Know your ability

These are easy to access kayak and canoe trails through the Adelaide, Fleurieu Peninsula, Riverland, Murray River, and the Coorong.