Action-packed, adrenalin-pumping white-water adventures or gentler, carefree river paddling in the wilderness. Whatever your preference, kayaking with MUMC caters for a wide range of canoeing/kayaking destinations and experience levels. Our trips provide great opportunities to experience great thrills and spills into some extreme white-water rapids, while journeying through magnificent and scenic wilderness areas.

The club also participates frequently in canoe polo, play-boating, slalom, down-river, extreme races and pool-based kayaking.

How do I find out what is going on?

Paddling trips are often organised 1 or 2 days in advance because in Victoria we are heavily dependent on where the rain falls to get reasonable river levels.

A good way to stay in the know is to come along on Tuesday nights and keep in touch with the active paddlers.

Destinations

A prominent feature of kayaking with MUMC is the variety of experience levels that are catered for. Beginner trips are run frequently through the year, especially in the period after the start of the academic year, and are open to people with no experience required. These trips are often run in areas such as the upper Yarra River, the Goulburn River in central Victoria or to the beach for surf kayaking.

On the upper reaches of the Amazon River by Ben Webb

On the upper reaches of the Amazon River
Photo: Ben Webb

Intermediate trips are then run to fun and beautiful rivers such as the King, the Mitchell and the Jamieson rivers, all found in central to eastern Victoria. We also find ourselves in the local play-spot of Gardiners Creek and further afield at the Penrith White-water Stadium in Sydney, or down to the surf coast or west coast for some small boat action.

A full scope of increasingly more difficult trips are also run, through to advanced Grade V (or more difficult) rapids in remote areas. Recent examples include:

  • A two-week epic adventure down the remote and treacherous Franklin River in Tasmania
  • Summer paddling west coast creeks in New Zealand
  • Far North Queensland paddling the spectacular wet season rivers
  • African trips to the White Nile in Uganda and the Zambezi in Zambia
  • Late spring trips to NSW to paddle the Indi, Thredbo, Snowy and Geehi rivers
  • Numerous assaults on the wild Mitta-Mitta, Kiewa and Cobungra Rivers nestled deep in the northern Victorian ranges.

You can read about these adventures in our club publication - The Mountaineer.

Duration

We have lots of day trips, plenty of weekends away (sometimes driving up to 1,200 kms in one weekend) and a few long weekends, extended week, month long trips to exotic and distant destinations such as New Zealand, Tasmania, Penrith, NSW Snowy Mountains, Far North Queensland or along the beach.

Kayaking at the Beach

Kayaking at the beach during drier seasons.
Photo: Mac Brunckhorst

Styles

Mostly our trips are car camping based. That means we drive to the put in, shuffle the cars around, get to take out, get all the car together, then drive our way to the pub and camp, or home. 

OK, occasionally we do find ourselves removing rear pillars from boats, stuff them full of clothes, spirits, food and camping gear, to spend up to 10 days on a river. The extended trips are a wonderful experience and the more experienced paddlers have plenty of options here, even in the warm months of summer!

Are you ready?

Okay, you've got some old shoes and think you are up from some intense, heart-pounding fun in some extreme white-water rapids, or just want to give canoeing a bit of a go, MUMC Kayaking is a great place to get involved.

Generic rapids, neither here nor there

Photo: Mac Brunckhorst

Upcoming Kayaking Trips

Thomson River

Sat 1 Apr - Wed 31 May 2017

Post Day Job Throw bag practice

Tue 4 Apr 2017 7:30pm - 7:30pm

Postponed- Full moon on da Yarra

Fri 14 Apr 2017 8:30pm - 11:00pm
This trip has been cancelled.

Beginner Kayaking #3 April

Sun 23 Apr 2017 7:30am - 6:00pm

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Past Kayaking Trips

Sunset Sessions on the Yarra

Wed 15 Mar 2017 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Beginner Kayaking #2 March

Sun 12 Mar 2017 7:30am - 5:00pm

Kayak Rolling Session II (intense)

Sun 5 Mar 2017 11:30am - 5:00pm

Surf kayaking

Sun 26 Feb 2017 11:00am

Kayak Rolling Session (intense)

Sun 19 Feb 2017 12:00pm - 5:00pm

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