Date(s) - Sat 01/07/2017 - Sun 02/07/2017
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Meet At: Boat Shed
Cost: $30 approx
This is a moderately challenging overnight Coorong kayak trip, approx 20 km return. The Coorong is a protected area located in South Australia about 156 kilometres southeast of Adelaide, pre-dominantly a saltwater lagoon ecosystem.
The Coorong National Park area includes the Coorong itself, and Younghusband Peninsula which separates the Coorong from Encounter Bay in the Southern Ocean. The Coorong has been cut off from Lake Alexandrina by the construction of the Goolwa Barrages (weirs) from Goolwa to Pelican Point during the late 1930s. The park was formed in 1966 as a sanctuary for many species of birds, animals and fish. It attracts many migratory species. It provides refuge for these animals during some of Australia’s regular droughts. The 467 square kilometres also supports coastal dune systems, lagoons and coastal vegetation.
One of the unique aspects of the Coorong is the interaction of water along its length, with sea water and Murray River water meeting rainfall and groundwater. The region was the setting of the popular 1977 film Storm Boy.
You MUST have done basic skills with AUMC or be an experienced kayaker, able to do a capsize and rescue in moving water to come on this trip. It would also help if you have experience bush camping, as facilities are limited. We will camp at Godfrey’s Landing. There is a toilet and we can have a fire, but need to take our own firewood.We can walk to the Murray Mouth and even swim if we like!
Meeting place is at the West Beach Boat Shed at 9am on Saturday, and should be back there by about 5pm on Sunday. If you have to catch a bus the J1H leaves stop V2 on Currie St south side at 8.10am, arriving stop 14 Tapleys Hill Rd east side at 8.41am, then just walk through to the boatsheds. Cost will be $10 – $15 each for petrol, camp fee is $15 per night for the group regardless of size eg approx $4 each, and you will need to organise food as well.
Please let me know when you register whether you have a car and how many passengers you can take from the boat shed, or if you need transport. This trip can only accommodate 4 people unless there is one more driver, so drivers will get preference. We can have a pre trip meeting to organise food and camping gear, and show you how to pack your kayak if needed.
The usual boating clothes will be required including old sandshoes or boat shoes which can get wet, a longsleeved shirt (synthetic) to shed water and protect from sunburn, comfortable shortsleggings or trackpants, shady hat or woolen beanie, sunglasses if you like, sunscreen and mosquito repellant. If you get cold a light spray jacket will keep the wind off, and a thermal top or fleece can also be good in this cooler weather.
A tent, sleeping bag, mat, cookset or trangia and food will be needed, along with a change of clothes for the evening. As usual, gear will be available from the gear room before the trip. AUMC will supply kayaks, paddles, spraydecks and some drybags for packing your gear in. You are required to wear a PFD – we supply these as well. This trip is for people who have been kayaking before.
If you have not paddled with AUMC before please do NOT register for this event. Also, if you have never been camping do NOT register for this event. This is an intermediate level event. If you are a beginner there are separate basic skills days – please book for one of those first.
Any questions, email me or ring/text on 0414272926.
Bookings are closed for this event.