Aire River

Sand Road to the Beach Southern Ocean and Return

Verified! Flatwater Paddling Summer Autumn Winter Spring CLASS I


Victoria’s Otway Ranges. Approx. 30km West Apollo Bay

Contributed by Anglesea Paddle Boat and Canoe Hire


Class: I

Season: All seasons

Time: 5 hours split into 3 parts

Length: 6km

Level: You can experience high river flow to the sea following local rain.

Character: Beautiful coastal estuary paddle.

Suits: Touring Canoes & Kayaks

We arrived at the pump shed on the Sand Road and opposite is a great little spot to launch, left bus there and paddled down river.

We were a group of 10 from Camp Wilkin in Anglesea and after a good hour paddling we arrived at our camp site. There is a pontoon to dock on and the camping ground was very damp under foot. Warm clothes are the go down here. We saw plenty of koala bears in the trees nearby and had the place almost to ourselves.

In the morning we continue down river and made it to the sea in about 1 hour, the wind was up and waves in the river were up to almost half a meter, the chop made for heaps of fun till Dean lost his cap and glasses.

After a good look around we climbed a cliff to get the best views of the ocean, it was very rough, we returned to canoes traveled back to camp and got your gear and headed back to the Sand Road launch spot. The paddle back was hard, we were tired and the river had a steady flow but we made it, had lunch and headed home to Anglesea via the Great Ocean Road about 2 hours drive.

This was a great trip, in all 10 of us took part and we all had a great time, learnt a bit about the bush, camping, starting fires and cooking. We would recommend it to anyone wanting a good adventure only 100 km away from Anglesea. As all our gear food clothing was in or canoes careful planning of what to take is advised.

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Aire River Campsite

Putting In: Pump shed Sand Road

Taking Out: Pump shed Sand Road

Map: Parks Victoria - Great Otway National Park

Camping: Aire River East Camping Ground

Entry Date: 30 May 2011

Verified Date: 30 May 2011

Verified by: Camp Wilkin Staff


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