Mitta Mitta River (Big River)

Big River Bridge to Bundarra Bridge

Verified! Intermediate Autumn Spring CLASS III


NE Victoria. Approx 120km Nth of Bairnsdale

Contributed by Julien Atherstone


Class: II+ - III

Season: Snow fed river, running form August through to January depending on the season

Time: 4 – 6 hrs (also can be broken into 2 good days with playing)

Level: Minimum 0.75m, above 1.6m it becomes very fast and continuous.

Gauge: Hinnomunjie Bridge, Mitta River

Shuttle: Approximately 17km on sealed roads

Character: Fast drop pool river in steep sided valley.

Suits: River running kayaks, canoes and rafts.

Flowing from its source among the highest mountains in Victoria the Mitta is a classic snow fed river. Rising quickly with the onset of spring the river’s flow depends largely on that seasons snow pack. While best flows are around September, October, any warm spring rain can really get the river pumping.

This section of river, technically named the Big River, is an excellent section for intermediate paddlers and those unsure of their skill. With a road running beside it the whole way there are many egress points.

The rapids also, give a good progression, from simple gravel races at the start to the bigger and quite challenging ‘Pinball’ class III, only a few km’s from the end.

Excellent camping spot at the ‘Joker’ rapid make this section an ideal training venue for many rafters and kayakers. This is the section that used to be included in the Winter Classic multi-sport event for their second day paddle.

Terry October 08, 2014The crashed 4WD on river right immediately after Pinball is an old wreck and doesn't contain any bodies! No need to stop and check :)

Putting In: From Melbourne follow the Princess Highway east for 277km to Bairnsdale and then Nth on the Omeo Highway for approx 167km, passing through Omeo and Anglers Rest till you get to a bridge over the Big River (Mitta Mitta River). This is the put in. Picnic and camping facilities are located just upstream of the bridge on river left.

Taking Out: Follow the Omeo Highway back south for about 17km to just before the bridge over the Bundarra River. The picnic area on the right just before this bridge is the take out.

Map: Shannonvale 1:25000

Camping: Excellent camping can be had at Big River Bridge, Joker Flat (about half way down the run) and at Anglers Rest, 3km south of the take out.

Entry Date: 14th May 2001

Verified by: Terry


Do YOU know MORE or BETTER than this?
Want to offer your own experiences / opinions on this paddle?