Mt Kosciuszko to the Murray and down to the ocean
Paddling the majority of the Murray River below Bringenbrong should be an achievable goal for paddlers of all abilities and ages.
It is a fantastic journey from the alpine foothills down to the Southern Ocean passing many regional towns and pristine natural areas along the way.
The primary hurdles will be time and the distance!
Starting from Bringenbrong Bridge, this section covers 95% or 2,350 km of the entire length of the Murray River.
For many who do the entire length in a single leg, the most difficult part will be keeping motivated as you paddle 2,350 km on fairly flat water as the current slows due to the system of weirs used to control the river. It is a true endurance test!
For those that do not have the ability to set aside the time needed, tackling smaller legs is a great way to complete the river at your own pace.
The upper 150 km section of the Murray River is a difficult and potentially dangerous beast. It should only be attempted by those with a high level of whitewater & backcountry hiking experience or with a guide.
Note: Bringenbrong Bridge defines the boundary between my guides of the upper and lower sections of the Murray River.
Bringenbrong Bridge is a bridge near Corryong where the Victorian Murray Valley Highway and NSWs Alpine Way join. It is important as it is the first access point to the Murray River after the Swampy Plain River confluence. The merging of the rivers is where the Murray River changes from a small seasonal stream into a real river with a fairly consistent paddlable flow all year round due to the Snowy Mountains Scheme diverting water into the Swampy Plain River.
The most common starting points for people paddling the Murray River are Bringenbrong Bridge, Albury and Echuca.
Guides, Resources and References
For me, from a planning perspective, much of this trip is fairly self-evident. Throw your kayak in around Towong and drift down the river, tracking key towns along the way for supplies. Simple right? What about starting from the source? Or maybe Koscie which is only a stone throw away? That shouldn't make the trip that much harder right? Well, some parts were!
My biggest headache I faced was transporting myself and gear around from Brisbane as my trip was completely self-supported. However the lack of info regarding flows and logistics along the way did create some issues for me and caused some misjudgements in my planning. This was the main reason why I have published the following guide.
While the trip is doable for those with enough energy and time, there are a number of factors and skills that will make the journey a lot more pleasant, as well as handy references that will answer some of those burning questions now or when you are on the water. Luckily you do have at least 3G for the majority of the way down the river from Bringenbrong!
General Overview and Location Guides
Information to ensure an enjoyable and successful trip.
My Personal Journey
My rambling blog, trip table and (cough) training schedule for the trip.