Upper Goulburn River – Ghin Ghin to Nagambie

by Apr 6, 20220 comments

From Ghin Ghin, I started my journey down the Goulburn River (Warring), the fast-flowing waters carried me down through the still mountainous valley. The river meandered sharply and the current swept around the bends with decisive speed, often flowing through willows and snags which made navigation exciting and demanded my skill and attention.

The first few nights I had my family and my partner join me as company, which, made for an easy transition from home life to river life. Along the way down the Upper Goulburn River, I saw dozens of platypus, many eagles and other raptors, and the horizon was regulary rocky and tree-covered. Tallarook and the Switzerland range cradle the river before it opens up into the flat riverine country past Seymour.

 

At Trawool Wildlife Reserve Campground, I met some fellow river adventurers; Pat, Jack, Ramey,and Max, where they paddled from Homewood to Seymour in canoes, one, in fact made by hand. The afternoon was spent playing frisbee and the evening talking by the fire. The next day we paddled to Seymour together. Good yarns were had while paddling past the last of the big hills on our way into the Mitchell Shire. 

From Seymour, I paddled solo, winding through river red gum and billabonged lined banks, stoping at Chateau Tahbilk winery to wander around their Billabong wetlands (where they have been continually regenerating marginal land) and to sample some excellent vintage vino. I scored a bottle of late bottled vintage port, and on my way I headed towards Nagambie. 

As the river began to slow, and the lake began to grow, I encountered the National rowing championships, occupying Lake Nagambie. This made grocery shopping a mission, navigating the crowds, and crossing the course. I even got scorned by the keen rowing coordinators of the comp. Onwards, I continued towards Goulburn Weir, where I had to portage and drop into the other side of the river, the Lower Goulburn, where the banks I have found to be layered in a lot of mud as a result of a water release. The river began to flow at a different pace too, the current significantly less quick than can be found above the lake. I had assistance from the catchment management authority, who kindly drove me and my boat around the dam wall. 

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