Welcome to ETA Unknown

These are the travel and adventure musings of Alan as he contemplates what the future will bring.

I finished the Murray River from source to sea in January 2021 (2,500 km). This was done directly after paddling the main sections of the Murrumbidgee River (1,200 km) and Tumut River, a combined paddle of 4,000 km over two months.

I am now contemplating kayaking the remaining sections of the complete Murray-Darling river system, from the source in the Condamine River to the end of the Darling River at Wentworth (3,000 km). Five years of drought had made it impossible to traverse the Darling River, but recent rains have brought back some life into the system. Having started this trip in 2020, I was initially stopped due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, and now I am waiting on a decent flow that is not hindered by COVID restrictions nor blue-green algae outbreaks. The remaining sections include the Condamine River from Warwick to Surat (800 km) and the Darling River proper (1,400 km).

For friends and family, I have also updated and reposted our older travel blogs from SE Asia (2006) through to the Americas (2010/11).

Current Musing

On hold (river conditions)

Darling River - Source to Wentworth - Balonne and Culgoa Rivers Completed

High cliffs beside the river on a sunny day

Lower Murray River

Completed 20 Jan 2021


Marathon on mostly flat water.

Average flows through the heat of summer.

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Koala on log drinking from the river

Murrumbidgee River

Completed 7 Dec 2020


Unsure of what to expect from Australia's third longest river.

Fast running waters of the Tumut River down to the mighty Murray River.

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Kayak in flood water surrounded by trees.

Culgoa River

Completed 20 March 2020


Will I find a desert or inland-sea?

Likely the most isolated sections of either the Murray or Darling river systems.

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High deep but flowing water on the river

Balonne River

Completed 14 March 2020


Gentle warm up

I expected a lot of obstacles, but instead there was high water and a decent flow.

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River with minimal water and a lot of boulders

Murray River Gorge

Completed 28 Dec 2019


Raft or walk?

Grade IV rapids in freezing water would be a risky trip solo so contemplating a guided raft or walking an extra 50 km.

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Author walking a firetrail carrying pack with paddles

Summit to Source

Completed 22 Dec 2019


Summit to the Source to the Poplars

Nearly 250 km of hiking in Mt Kosciuszko National Park when all was done.

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Miscellaneous kayaking trips

Building and Ferris wheel.

Brisbane River


The ultimate kayaking trip in SE Queensland.

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River surrounded by trees.

Oxley Creek


Fantastic wildlife watching opportunities.

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Bridge on a river

Bremer River


Quiet and tranquil kayaking trip for paddlers of all levels of ability.

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Old Travel Blogs

Desert with tent and two motorcycles

Traversing the Americas by motorcycles on the backroads

May 2010 till May 2011


Approximately 40,000 km from Seattle, Washington, USA to Buenos Aires, Argentina. We rode less than 500 km on any major freeways or highways, and over 20,000 km on dirt, gravel, sand or mud.

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Buddha head enclosed by the trunk of a tree

South East Asia on a shoestring budget

mid 2006


Our first OE (overseas experience) through most of SE Asia over a three month window.

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