What a spring. The rains and flooding just keep on going. It’s been snowing in the high country. Many events are being cancelled or rained out (luckily the recent Rogaining Victoria event at Mt Stirling dodged most of the rain), and Falls Creek is isolated from Mt Beauty until next year. Many dirt roads are impassable and there is widespread damage to the road network. On the plus side we won’t be facing fires in the high country any time soon, but its currently not great walking, riding or camping weather.

But there is one group who’s happy this spring: the paddling community. With epic conditions in our river valleys, even smaller streams are currently able to be paddled.

Check some of these recent images:

The West Tanjil

A lovely short film. ‘A descent of the Tanjil River West Branch during winter 2022, Sean and Leigh explore the mountainous river on the southern slopes of Mt Baw Baw. This Mossy, granite boulder river winds its way through lush temperate rainforest making it an exciting and beautiful paddle’.

Available here.

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The Thomson in flood

Image: Kelly Van Den Berg

The Thomson

The Snowy River Extreme Race 2022

Image: Matthew Brooks

Snowy River

The Barkly River

Image: Bruthen Outdoor Gear


The Rose River

Image: Rolf Schönfeld

Rose River


If you are interested in the rapidly growing sport of pack rafting you definitely need to join this group. Packfest is ‘an annual get together for people interested in pack rafting for a weekend of paddling and fun’.