Current Musing: Murray and Darling River Systems (On hold - COVID-19)
Ferns beside a still pool

Past Murray River Expeditions

Honerable mention to others that have made the trip before me.

Phase One - Upper Murray: Poplars to Tom Groggin

  • 26 to 29 Jan 1988

    Kevin Moody, Lou Sommer, Mike Grant, Kate, Kent & Bill

    Lilos to Tom Groggin, later coming back with a comercail raft guide through the gorge and 2HP moterised raft to Bringenbrong Bridge.
    Archived webpage

  • late 2001

    James Castrission, Justin Jones and Andrew Crawley

    They stated that they were to pick up their kayaks 40 km downstream. From the source, it's 20 km to the Poplars and 60 km to Tom Groggin, so I am uncertain where the guys started from. Starting the river section on 10 Nov 2001, they experienced high flows and cold frigid conditions. All of their gear got drenched and they were dangerously hypothermic. They are accredited with the first kayak traverse of the Murray River from the upper Murray River.
    Book: Crossing the Ditch

  • 6 to 12 Jan 2010

    Rod Wellington (solo)

    Kayak, SOAR S12 inflatable canoe (23 kg). Hiked from Mt Kosciuszko to the source, before trekking tracks down to the Poplars. Kayaking down to Tom Groggin and limited details regarding the gorge section. Hints that he came back to traverse the source to Poplars section of the river on foot.

  • 24 to 31 March 2013

    Karen Cody, Bob and Mike Bremers

    Epic 8 day trek, partially within the river and partially on surrounding tracks.
    Wild Magazine Article

  • 14 & 15 Dec 2017

    Mike Bremers, Richard Swain, Kristian Cargill, Sarah Davis & Matty Hunter

    Inflatable kayaks. Two days from the Poplars to Tom Groggin, three more days for Bringenbrong Bridge.

  • Nov / Dec 2019

    Xavier Anderson and Jason MacQueen

    Source to sea journey as part of the Health of the River Murray project. They walk in with packrafts through snow along the Cascade Trail, and the AAWT / Limestone Ck track to the Poplars (?) before pack rafting down to Tom Groggin and ticking off the gorge soon after.


  • 20 Dec 2019

    Sarah Davis & friends

    Unbeknown to each other, our journey nearly intersected on at least two occassions, missing each other by a matter of days, if not hours!

    Sarah's source to sea journey started with Mike Bremers, Richard Swain, Chris Cahill to hike from the source down to the Poplars. Unlike me, she used her brains and she decided to delay the leg from the Poplar to the Bringenbrong Bridge when there is higher flows sometime in autumn through spring 2020!

  • 21 to 25 Dec 2019

    Alan Davison (solo)

    Inflatable kayak, 1 person Sevylor Rio (11 kg). After a gear drop was hiked in by myself via the Cascade Trail, I parked the car at Tom Groggin, hitched to the Cascade Trailhead and walked (3 days) / kayaked (6 days) the Rio all the way to Bringenbrong Bridge and hitched back to the campground. Poplars to Tom Groggin took 3.5 long days, two long days (20 hrs total) down the gorge and flats to the Bridge.

Phase Two - Lower Murray: Bringenbrong Bridge to Sea

These will be too numerious to mention and I've only added a select few that were also known to have done the first leg as well.

The Bremers Murray-Darling Journeys book covers many rowing and paddling journeys on the rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin from 1817 to 2016

  • 4 April to 27 May 2005

    Rowen Privett and Josh Smith

    Completing the Murray River gorge (1 - 3 Apr, 0.4 m and 355 ML/day), they switched to sea kayaks and paddled successfully to the sea.
    Archived blog

  • 16 Jan to March 25 2010

    Rod Wellington (solo)

    Switched to a Dagger Halifax 17.0 sea kayak and made his way successfully to the sea.

  • 16 Dec 2017 to March 2018

    Matty Hunter (solo)

    Completed his journey started with Mike Bremers, et al.

  • 11 Dec 2019 to Feb 2020

    Xavier Anderson and Jason MacQueen

    Source to sea journey as part of the Health of the River Murray project


  • 29 Dec 2019 to Feb 2020

    Sarah Davis (solo)

    Source to sea journey which is likely easy to her previous trips down the Nile! She's paddling a Expedition Kayak Audax Azure.
    Website (Nile)

  • 2020 (hopefully)

    Alan Davison (solo)

    Mirage 580 is ready to go...