Location: Toscana property at Bundalong Victoria
Event Name:Bundalong Canoeing and Xmas Party Weekend
Leader Tony Marsh
Start Date: 13/12/2019 17:00
Finish Date:15/12/2019 17:00
Member Participants: 20
Guest Participants: 2
Distance/Time: Sat 18km canoe and Sun 12km canoe
Rating:Other Event Type - This was not a bushwalk - see event report for more info
Points of Interest: The lower Ovens river offers the best flat water canoeing in Victoria
Mobile phone reception: Excellent
Event Report: Paddle and Party - this is the fifth year in a row we have run a canoeing and partying event on the Ovens and Murray rivers at Bundalong to celebrate the season and have some great paddling. For the second year we based at Shirley and Garys place (known as Toscana) at Esmond which has Ovens River access.
The Saturday event was well supported with 16 members wandering around the maze of channels with superb native vegetation down to the waters edge - this is Warby-Ovens National Park renowned for its heritage river status because there are no upstream dams controlling flow rates.
gary on the ovens
shirley on the ovens
We headed south to Goblet Reserve winding in and out of channels in beautiful weather - see the short video below
bundalong south to goblet reserve and return
Determined to perform a loop the navigator armed with a GPS or two got a bit confused between north and south on the return loop and a compass was consulted!
Spot the mistake(s)!
bundalong south paddling fun and games

The xmas party followed the Sat paddle and you can refer to the MVB Facebook site for photos uploaded by Judy. Suffice to say it was a raging success as it has been since Dec 2015

The Sunday paddle with 9 on board got away before 10am and was the traditional route down to Williams Bridge then north via a route that takes us through to a channel to the Murray. The channel however was very well covered with bullrushes and willow trees!
finding a way through to the murray7 jan
ovens to murray and bundalong
But everyone got through safely

mvb paddlers after lunch at the channel to the murray river
The cruise down the Murray to Bundalong wharf was challenging due to the number of speedboats - they werent interested in slowing down for us paddlers.
The boats were picked up and returned to Murray River Canoe Hire and another great Xmas paddle was complete.

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