Goulburn River

Pondage Wall to Blue Gum Rapids

Verified! Easy Touring Play Boating Dam Release Summer Autumn CLASS II


NE Victoria. 130km NE of Melbourne

Contributed by Julien Atherstone


Class: II - II+

Season: Dam release, usually starting around November finishing around early May

Time: 1 - 2hr

Length: 3km

Level: 500megs minimum

Shuttle: Easy 3km on sealed road

Character: Wide open river with mostly man-made rapids

Suits: Any style of river running craft.

This section of the Goulburn is arguably the most popular river section in Victoria, with lines forming at some of the rapids to surf the better waves. Being a official training site of Slalom squads and one of the few places to paddle in summer it does at time become crowded.

The Goulburn is a fantastic venue that suits almost all paddlers interested in a fun day on the river. To paddle from the pondage wall is great for beginners on their first river trip with ‘S-Bend’ and ‘Blue Gums Rapid’ providing excellent eddies for practice. With the Blue Gums Caravan park situated right on the river there is the opportunity to park and play for all those wanting to improve their skills. Surfing, freestyle, advanced boat manoeuvring and slalom gates are all available for paddlers in the last 800m of this section.

A great place to spend the weekend honing the skills over the long hot summer if you don’t mind sharing the place it is a nice spot to visit.

Putting In: From Melbourne follow the Maroondah Highway NE through Healesville till, after 110km the town of Taggerty is reach, turn right toward Thornton and then at Thornton go straight ahead at the cross road onto the Back Eildon Road. Follow this for about 11km till about 1km before Eildon a car park on the right is found. This is just below the pondage wall and the put in.

Taking Out: Go back along the back Eildon Road about 3km to Blue Gums Caravan Park. Access through to the river is through the caravan park and if you want to take your car in you will have to pay about $5 for a day charge.

Camping: Good camping can be found at the caravan park, their a few free camps in the area without going out into the Eildon National Park.

Entry Date: 14th May 2001


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