Family/Beginner Friendly Bird Watching Paddle – Coorong

Event:  Family/Beginner Friendly Bird Watching Paddle – Coorong
Date: Sat-Sun 26-27th October
Meet time: 9am to be on the water for 9:30

Duration: Sat: all day paddle down Mundoo channel across to Young Husband Peninsula  Sun: all day paddle exploring backwaters of Hunters Creek
Location: exact meeting spot will be confirmed with registered paddlers prior to the paddle (close to Mundoo Channel Drive, Hindmarsh Island)
ACC Grading for this trip (see notes below): 1-2c depending on weather and final group composition
Organiser and Contact: Ian Brunning  0406 498 232

Closing Date/Time to Register: Wed 23rd October 5pm

Note: Trips are for ACC members only and you must register by contacting the Organiser prior to the closing date.  Single event / temporary members are available at a low cost.

A fun weekend exploring the beautiful Coorong waterways.  Open to beginners and families depending on requirements and logistics – limited number of double kayaks available for hire (suggested use – parent in the back, junior in the front).  Optional overnight shack accommodation on the edge of the water on Mundoo Channel (get in quick, very limited number of beds) and possibly a limited number of spots to put up your tent.

Saturday – a gentle exploration paddle up Mundoo Channel and into Hunters Creek to explore and do the official ‘Bird Watching Week’ bird count.  Picnic lunch before returning back to base eta 4pm

Sunday – paddle down Mundoo Channel and (weather permitting) across to Young Husband Peninsula.  Stop for a tea break and to explore the dunes and the timeless shell middens of the Ngarrindjeri peoples. Do another official bird watching count.  Paddle on to Godfreys Landing for lunch and an optional walk across to the ocean side, find some cockles to eat before heading back to base eta 4pm

(Note for families:  we are looking for ways to get more kids out on the water – however it can be a long day in a boat so you will need to decide if your child will enjoy this aspect or leave them trying to jump over the side and escape!)

ACC Trip Grading:

(1) for ‘Novices’
(2) ‘Flatwater’ (a) day trips (b) car camping (c) kayak camping
(3) ‘Intermediate’ (a) day & weekend trips (b) extended trips
(4) Sea Skills
(The grading document can be accessed here)

Note that ratios/quotas will apply, depending on the number of Instructors or Leaders on a trip.