If 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.
Mypolonga Hill Road boat ramp (GPS 35.0485S 139.3625 E)
The trail starts at the Hill Road boat ramp Mypolonga. The wetlands are located on the right hand side of the river and commence at (Point A) 35.0974 S; 139.2956 E.
Paddlers follow this trail from the Boat Ramp by paddling up river for 5 km until a large dead Red Gum is sighted on the eastern side of the main river channel.
From the dead Red Gum, navigate towards the old farmhouse on the eastern bank, so entering the Paiwalla North Wetland.
Once in the wetland area markers lead the paddler through the trail:
Marker 1 – is attached to an old fence post about 100 m from the main river channel.
Marker 2 – A red buoy is attached. This marks a narrow channel entrance. Paddle downstream, adjacent to the river bank.
Markers 3 to 12 – pass through a series of small lagoons and clumps of reeds.
Inshore from marker 12 there is the option to take a break at an open area on the bank marked as ‘landings’ on the map. (Please note these areas are available for short day visits only and camping by the general public is not permitted.)
Marker 14 – head back towards the main river channel using a pump shed located on an embankment as a directional guide. An unmarked section of the trail follows the river downstream for approximately 1 km passing a large sluice gate which controls water to the main wetland.
Marker 15 – marks the entrance to Sunnyside Reserve.
Markers 15 to 20 – here the route meanders downstream through a series of lagoons. (Please note any park rules and restrictions)
Marker 21 – Re-enter the main river channel to return to the launch point (Hill road boat ramp Mypolonga).
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