Paddling Murray River, Lakes and the Coorong

Paddling is perfect in the quiet waters of the Murray River. Paddle along the Murray River itself and experience the high drama of the ochre-coloured cliffs of Big Bend or venture into the backwaters and lagoons along its length and enjoy the natural environment and stunning birdlife. At its southern end the river enters wetland havens and culminates in the sand dunes of the Coorong. Its hard not be inspired to visit this paddlers paradise.

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Mundoo Channel Murray Mouth

This loop trail starts and finishes at the launch site in a reserve located at the end of the Mundoo Channel Road. The full day paddle takes in the Murray Mouth and includes a visit to Godfreys Landing.

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punyelroo loop trails

Two loop trails from Punyelroo Public Boat Ramp; the first via Punyelroo lagoon to the Punyelroo Cave then the option of a second loop downstream to Big Bend, returning to launch site

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Finniss River Trail

A scenic trail down the Finniss River, its backwaters and return. The Finniss River flows roughly east to its mouth in the Goolwa Channel of the lower Murray River, opposite Hindmarsh Island. A relatively safe paddle for novices along the reed-protected river.

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paiwalla wetland

A loop trail starting from the Mypolonga boat ramp through a wetland trail known as Paiwalla and returning via the Murray River. The wetland was formerly a dairy farm on the floodplains of the lower Murray. The property has been purchased by the Wetland Habitats Trust and is being restored to wetland by a group of passionate volunteers interested in preserving the unique flora and fauna of this area.

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pomanda point

A loop trail that takes paddlers into Lake Alexandrina from Wellington at the southern end of the River Murray to Point Pomond and return.

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murbko loop trail

This trail takes the paddler through two picturesque lagoons off the Murray River, each with abundant birdlife. There are two portages of about 250m at the northern end of each lagoon (Murbko Flat lagoon and Irwin flat lagoon) and one across a bridge at the southern end of Murbko flat lagoon with return via the river.

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Cumbunga Creek Loop Trail

The trail begins at Blanchetown and goes through Cumbunga Creek to roonka conservation park. For paddlers traversing this stunning lagoon and creek, a number of “canoe trees” can be seen and there is always an abundance of birdlife on the river and in these backwaters.

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mcbeans pound trail northern loop

After setting off from McBeans Pound north of Blanchetown, this paddle trail goes through two lagoons – Irwin flat lagoon and Donald flat lagoon. There are low bridges at both ends of Irwin Flat lagoon which may not be easily traversed if the river level is raised. Return is via the Murray River.

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lousy jacks loop

A paddle loop trail from Mundoo Channel launch site to Lousy Jacks in the Coorong and return. This trip involves overnight camping by the dunes on the Younghusband Peninsula.

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wongulla walker flat loop trail

A loop trail starting at Wongulla boat ramp and passing through Wongulla lagoon and Manuka lagoon, then on to Walker Flat, returning to launch point. Alternatively this paddle can commence at Walker Flat and be completed in the opposite direction.

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lower murray canoe trail

This canoe paddle trail down the Murray River from Tailem Bend towards Wellington provides a number of options for exploring local backwaters. The four sections have been designed to enable you to plan a safe journey – based on skill and fitness level.

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moorundie portee creek trail

Beginning at Castles Landing near Blanchetown, this loop trail passes through Moorundie and Portee Creeks with a number of portages along the way and returning to the launch site upstream directly along the Murray River.

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blanchetown swan reach trail

Beginning at Castles Landing near Blanchetown, this loop trail passes through Moorundie and Portee Creeks with a number of portages along the way and returning to the launch site upstream directly along the Murray River.
If preferred, it is also possible to complete this trail starting and finishing at the Swan Reach end.

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swan reach loop trail

This is a loop trail that starts at Swan Reach at the Swan Reach/ Stockwell road intersection and passes through Yacto Creek. Complete the trail by returning to your launch site, either back along the creek or along the Murray River. A more ‘Adventurous option’ is also shown here and it involves 2 easy portages – however please note that waters can be shallow in places along this route.

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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.