Other things about the Darling River and surrounding area
One of the least concerning looking hazards is actually one of the most lethal dangers that you are likely to encounter on the Darling. Unlike most of the weirs in populated centres, the weirs are usually unmarked, especially in the more remote rivers. In the right conditions some weirs can be hard to see from a distance, stay alert.
The dangers posed by a weir is very dependent on the flow. With no flow it is just a hassle to portage over it. With very high flows it may be fully submerged and may not even create a ripple. However, with the right flow many of the weirs can create a perfect hydraulic across the structure that even the most experienced paddler may not be able to escape.
There is only one way to safely navigate a flowing weir, to portage around it. The current can be deceptively strong near the weir, so stay close to the river bank and exit well before the weir. Below the weir wall there will likely be a strong upstream current going back towards the weir as the eddy flow is recirculating back. Finish your portage below well below these currents.
All weirs have been pieced together from misc sources. Many have not been confirmed as I either paddled in high flow or haven't been to any of these areas yet.
Above Warwick there are a dozen or more weirs and crossings. One road crossing had a particularly nasty drop onto shallow rocks.
Over the entire lengths of the Condamine, Balonne and Culgoa Rivers, none of the weirs had any warning signs other than an old warning buoy seen at Talgai Weir and a buoy line at the Chinchilla Weir.
The following is a work in progress collecting up information about the main non-natural hazards on the system. This only includes features that cause a drop of at least 10 cm that I noticed and remembered to record the location as I passed by.
|East St Weir||Weir|
|Queens Park Weir||Weir|
|Loose Stone Weir||Weir|
|Lemon Tree Weir||Weir|
|Control or Small Weir||Control|
|Cecil Plains Weir||Weir|
|Loudoun Br Weir||Weir|
|Crossing with control||Crossing|
|E.J. Beardmore Dam||Dam|
|Jack Taylor Weir||Weir|
Many of the major weirs in the upper Darling basin are show in the map below: