Class: II +
Level: Eungella gauge: 0.70m minimum; 0.83m - 1.05m good level; over 1.30m high (above 1.35m some play opportunities open up on the bigger rapids but many, if not most, of the smaller rapids start to wash out).
Gauge: Eungella gauge
Character: Grade 2 + drops and long bouncy races
Suits: White water kayaks
This is a picturesque 13.5km paddle through lush temperate rainforest and cleared rural land. On a clear day the final kilometre to the finish provides brief glimpses of the lesser-seen north face of Mt Warning's imposing tor.
While possibly a bit much for complete beginners, a well-supervised trip makes an excellent introduction to white water for novice paddlers who have mastered basic boat control. The river has many good Grade 2 drops and bouncy races (some several hundred metres long) and three relatively straightforward Grade 3 rapids. Although generally quite open, watch out for overhanging branches (particularly at higher river levels) and the occasional tree strainer.
There is only one long (about 1.5km) flat section, however even this is very pleasant as it occurs along a lushly vegetated stretch of the river. Depending on river level there are several low bridge crossings that may require portaging. The prettiness of the surrounding country combined with the fun bouncy rapids make for a very enjoyable trip indeed.
Putting In: Under E.J. Bartrim Bridge over Brays Creek on Tyalgum Road at Tyalgum. A small clearing beside the guardrail on the northeastern side of the bridge provides a handy spot for unloading boats. Follow a narrow concrete drainage channel that heads off toward the creek for several metres to the nearest point with sufficient headroom to get in under the bridge. Although unchecked lantana growth here occasionally requires a bit of pruning or bush bashing, once under the bridge the path down to the water is relatively straightforward. Barbwire fences and steep bank drop-offs usually hamper access from other parts of the bridge. Vehicle parking is available in front of a small park on the Tyalgum side of the bridge.
Taking Out: A dirt track from the river up to parkland on the north-east side of the bridge on Tyalgum Road at Eungella.
Entry Date: May 09 2009
Verified Date: April 11 2012
Verified by: Acacia Canoe Sales and Hire
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