This trip is a difficult and potentially very dangerous expedition, especially long periods in the remote outback environments. Risks include, but are not limited to:

  • Remoteness: you should be self-sufficient with enough supplies for each leg.
  • Drowning: risks are greatest with whitewater kayaking, but even flat water kayaking has its own dangers.
  • Snakes: don't panic about these, but take precautions and stay alert. I saw none as I paddled up and down the river, however fresh snake tracks in the sand were seen on a number of occasions.
  • Water borne diseases: both wild animals and domesticated cattle contaminate the river, with carcases and faeces. Algae toxins are often present due to the slow flow and high temperatures. Only use treated water when it is impractical to carry clean drinking water.
  • Hypothermia and hyperthermia: in the summer months temperatures can regularly exceed 45°C and drop well below 0°C. In a desert environment, you should be prepared for large temperature swings between day and night.

While I am posting this information to assist fellow explorers, you should not rely on anything stated on this page without first confirming it independently from more reliable sources.

dry riverbed


A look at the flow and management at key locations