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 the 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) along with the lower Tumut River, a combined paddle of 4,000 km over two months.

While the recent COVID-19 lockdown caused me to miss the main flow through the upper sections of the system, I was still able to complete the leg between Warwick and St George (900 km). With no water being released from the Beardmore Dam at all, I had to skip repeating the Culgoa River and I will be continuing on from the lower Barwon River to tackle the remaining sections of the Murray-Darling river system, including the entire Darling River (1,400 km) and the lower Murray River (800 km) to the ocean.

I considered starting from Goondiwindi, a 1,000 km paddle down the Barwon River, but I sense starting from Walgett (400 km) or Brewarrina (125 km) to be the most sensible options considering the current flow.

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

In Progress

Darling River - Source to Wentworth - Source to Bourke 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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