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.
Murray River, Lakes and Coorong

Murray River, Lakes and Coorong

Walker Flat (131 km from Adelaide)

16km return

16km return

5 hours (allow day)



Moderate difficulty due to portages

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Trail 10

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

Launch sites:
There are 2 alternative launches (and exit) points provided for this paddling trail, and it can be tackled from any of these, traveling in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction.

Wongulla foreshore reserve campsite. GPS: 34.7081 S; 139. 5724 E
Walker Flat GPS: 34.7546 S; 139.5688 E

Trail Points:
Access into the lagoon is at Point A about 3.5 k downstream from Wongulla. GPS 34.7289 S; 139.5458 E
There is a short portage into Manuka Lagoon at Point B GPS: 34.7444 S; 139.5435 E.
The return trip is via the river.
The trip can be extended by three kilometers by paddling into Lake Bywaters. The point of entry can be seen at Point  C  GPS: 34.7514 S; 139.5591 E
This trail can also be commenced at Walker Flat.

However, when planning your trip, bear in mind that this area can be busy with ferry activity and visitors during holiday periods. The launch facilities here are not as convenient for paddlers to access and use as they are at Wongulla.

Camping is allowed at Durden (but no facilities here)
Full facilities at Walker flat including shops and campgrounds

Points of Interest

With its spectacular views as you wind down into the floodplains from the unsealed Swan Reach road, it’s a delight to drive to Wongulla. Descending into the floodplain from the south you’ll encounter a spectacular Maynards Lookout near Aruma. Enjoy the drive to Wongulla along the backwaters and floodplains surrounding the town all teeming with birdlife.
Wongulla boasts many river shacks and holiday homes along with a boat ramp and picnic spot with public toilets. (from http://www.murrayriver.com.au/wongulla/)

Walker Flat
Walker Flat has great, tall, ochre-coloured cliffs and a superb lookout.
Walker Flat is one of the most spectacular spots on the river. Facilities include a boat ramp, a free 24-hour ferry to cross the Murray, a general store, and various accommodations are also on offer.
Walker Flat is also a popular mooring spot for houseboats, whose passengers enjoy the iridescent sunsets over the dramatic cliffs…beautiful. (text from http://www.murrayriver.com.au/walker-flat)

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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.