Tambo River

Playgrounds Road to Stuart's Creek Track

Verified! Easy Touring Intermediate Winter Spring CLASS I CLASS II


East Gippsland. Bruthen

Contributed by Tim Willersdorf


Class: II - II+

Season: Winter and Spring is best for consistent river heights

Time: 3 hrs+

Length: About 13 km's

Level: Min 1.0 m at Ramrod Creek gauge

Gauge: Ramrod Creek

Shuttle: 30 - 45 mins on sealed and gravel roads

Character: Fun, easy trip

Suits: All whitewater boats, except large rafts

This is a nice paddle for intermediate paddlers, or someone wishing to take a beginner on a whitewater trip. The rapids are all quite predictable, with easy lines and no major consequences should a spill occur.

The only thing to consider is the walk out would be quite challenging, with the river being a fair distance from roads for the majority of the paddle.

The river alternates between sections of closely spaced rapids and long pools with slightly larger rapids in between.

The gauge at Ramrod Creek was taken out of action after the recent floods, it is back working again.

There are some alternative water level indicators. The bridge at the takeout can be used to gauge the level. If the water is flowing over the bridge you will have a good Grade II+ run.

If the water is just below the bridge you will still get down, but some rapids will start to become a bit bony.

Comments: There is a good pub and a brewery in Bruthen to quench that post paddling thirst.

Stefan Carey May 18, 2015 - River gauge seems to be working now (follow the URL given above)

Putting In: Drive to Bruthen, then follow the Great Alpine Road towards Omeo. About 15 k's out you will see Playgrounds Road off to the right. It is on a right hand bend so be careful when turning in. Follow this track until you get to a bridge crossing the Tambo. Put in anywhere near the bridge, or carry the boats down the short washed out track to the right just before the bridge for a sandy beach to put in.

Taking Out: From Bruthen, take the Great Alpine Road towards Omeo. Keep an eye out for a red and white Bollard on the left that signifies the start of the windy section. Stuart's Creek Track is the track off to the right that you see at the bollard. Follow it down, taking the right branch of the Y junction. The track will start dropping towards the river, and a low bridge marks the takeout. The left branch of the Y is Peters Creek Track, which connects to Playgrounds Road and can be used for the shuttle if you have a 4WD. However, there are lots of trees over it as of 02 July 2012.

Camping: Caravan Park in Bruthen, or pleasant camping at the put in (carry your gear down the washed out track to the right just before the bridge on Playground's Road)

Entry Date: 03 July 2012

Verified Date: 18 May 2015

Verified by: Stefan Carey


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