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sections of the Avon remaining paddleable.
Remember to take care – protruding rocks
and branches are there all year round. Last
year, water levels were at their lowest since the
Avon Descent began, creating some portage
areas and leading to longer finishing times.
However, things are looking more positive
for this year’s event on August 6 and 7, and
major whitewater obstacles are possible
along the grueling 124km race. Luckily,
you can tackle the Swan pretty much all
year round. Launch from the jetty at
Woodbridge House and meander around
marvelling at the scenery.
Dampier Archipelago | A multi-day sea
kayaking expedition through the islands of the
Dampier Archipelago or Murujuga is an exciting
way to see Western Australia’s richest marine
biodiversity habitat. The area also contains
the largest concentration of rock art in
the world, estimated at perhaps a million
petroglyphs. A suggested itinerary is launching
from the boat ramp at Withnell Bay, following
the Burrup Peninsula north-west and taking
Flying Foam Passage near Dolphin Island.
Dependant on tide and wind direction, go to
Angel and Gidley Islands, or end at Legendre
Island. Prior research for this trip is essential,
but discovering the islands and rock art is an
Donnelly River | The classic paddle starts
at the Donnelly River Boat Landing and
follows the river until reaching the river
mouth. It is possible to make it an overnight
trip and camp at the river mouth. Start at
the Donnelly River Boat Landing, off Vasse
Highway. Paddle downstream while enjoying
the tranquillity of the surrounding bush.
Depending on the conditions, the river mouth
can be open to the ocean or closed by a sand
bar. Either way there are great places to pitch
a tent on the sandy banks of the river. Return
the same way.
The experts recommend the top four
experiences for winter and spring around WA
Perth | Winter is possibly the best season to
paddle around Perth. Try Swan Canoe Club
on Mosman Bay to The University of Western
Australia’s boat sheds on Matilda Bay, about
16km return. Launch from the SCC then head
towards Point Walter, keeping an eye out for
boat traffic as you cross the spit, and aiming
for Point Resolution. Then keep to the Dalkeith
bank past the Perth Flying Squadron Yacht Club
and around Pelican Point to the University Boat
Club sheds. Return the same way.
Avon and Swan | The rivers are fairly dependent
on rainfall at this time of year – limited rain
in the summer months results in only some
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