Current Musing: Murray and Darling River Systems (On hold - COVID-19)

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

I'm currently contemplating kayaking the Murray River from source to sea. I initially had the idea of the Murray-Darling proper from the Condamine River, but the drought has sadly ruled that out.

An unplanned delays with the Murray trip (fire & car accident), it rained in South East Queensland, so much rain it flooded! The Darling is back on!

Sadly due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the higher risk to the community with travel, especially the remote aboriginal communities, the trip is on hold indefinitely.

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 (COVID-19)

Murray River - Summit to Source to Sea - Upper Section Completed
Darling River - Source to Wentworth - Balonne and Culgoa Rivers Completed

Kayak in flood water surrounded by trees.

Darling System: Culgoa River

Completed 20 March 2020


Will I find a desert or inland-sea?

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

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High deep but flowing water on river

Darling System: Balonne River

Completed 14 March 2020


Gentle warm up

Expecting a lot of obsticles, but instead there was high water and decent flow.

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River with minimal water and a lot of boulders

Murray River: Upper Gorge

Completed 28 Dec 2019


Raft or walk?

Grade 3 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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Previous Trips

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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