The Source of the Murray
History and logistics of finding the source of the Murray
The river has four distinct sections between Tom Groggin and Bringenbrong Bridge.
Above Grassy Flat, there is one notable harder drop, class III "Riley's Ride". From Grassy Flat you enter the gorge proper and you will be facing up to a ~15 km swim if you can not handle the class III+ to IV rapids. Below Hermits Creek the river eases from a series of class III+ rapids, to easing class I-II rapids before exiting out into farmland and flattening out.
Walking the main gorge is not an option. There is a hiking trail that bypasses the gorge if you do not want to paddle this section of whitewater. More details about walking this track can be found in the Hiking and Camping page. The track rejoins the river at Hermits Creek just before the final class IV rapid. You can continue walking or you could tackle the lower sections with a packraft. From Hermits Creek the grades slowly ease from class III+ down.
This is a summary of the rapids taken from the old archived whitewater guide from Paddle Australia referenced above.
Starting from the Grassy Flats Track:
With a water level above 1.8m it was given a grade of Class III+ - IV+ with minimal scouting opportunities.
|Class II+ - III||The Wall (Pink Floyd)||500 m downstream. Recommended to stop if you have difficulty here.|
|-||Gates||~1-2 km downstream. Two cliffs on either side of the river with a creek (Baxter Ck) tumbling from RR|
|II+ - III||Headbanger (Bobsled)||1st Rapid before short pool|
|Class III - IV||South African Swim||150 m downstream. Easily scouted on RL|
|Class III - IV||Sharks Tooth||150 m downstream. Rapid 100 m that is hard to scout and finishes with the abrupt drop and undercut rock of "The Thing".|
|Class III+||The Thing||Ending of Sharks Tooth. Drop and undercut rock.|
|Easier 400 m section with the following 3 rapids:|
|Class III||Long Island|
|Class II+||Rock Garden||A bony scrape in low water|
|Class III||Himalayan Wrap|
|A couple more pools bring you to a classic section of whitewater.|
|Class III - III+||Tanks Garage|
|Class III - III+||Hole in the Head|
|Class III+ - IV||Hermits Creek|
|Class III||Easy Over|
|Another pool before:|
|Class III - III+||Swimmers Joy|
|Class III - III+||Gorgeous George/Gorge|
|Class III-III+||Roller Coaster||~200 m downstream. Has a nasty sieve on right.|
|Class III||Jellyfish Rock||~450 m downstream. Last rapid of note in the gorge|
|Another 10 km of fun II+ and III getting easier as you go down the gorge.|