Northern Districts

Want to know where to go kayaking, canoeing, and stand up paddling in the Northern Country, North East, and North Central districts of Victoria? These guides are free for Global Paddler members and yearly memberships are available now from the Global Paddler online store. To download a detailed trip description for a great paddling destination with photos, paddle map, GPS coordinates, and recommended places to eat, drink, and sleep, simply click on its name in the table below.

Trip Locator Map for Northern Districts

1. Barmah Lake Barmah Lake is one of the few remaining pieces of a huge lake that covered much of the Barmah-Millewa Forest floodplain 25,000 years ago. It is a showpiece of the largest river red gum forest in the world and a brilliant place to see the many water birds that come here to breed.
2. Barmah National Park 667 This paddle from Ulupna Beach to Tongalong Beach is the first of three trips that make it possible for you to ride the flow of the Murray River for its entire 100+ kilometre journey through the largest river red gum forest in Australia. Why not combine all three for a multi-day paddle camping odyssey?
3. Barmah National Park 699 This is the second of a trilogy of day trips that allow you to experience the Murray River’s complete 100+ kilometre journey through the largest river red gum forest in Australia. Complete all three trips back-to-back in a single visit and you will have a totally awesome paddle camping adventure.
4. Barmah National Park 736 This is the last of three day trips that take in the full length of the Murray River’s meandering 100+ kilometre journey through the largest river red gum forest in Australia. Each day is amazing individually but together they make for a truly unforgettable paddle camping experience.
5. Big River Arm Lake Eildon’s glittering stretches of open water and idyllic national park setting are not a well-kept secret. Warm weekends see water sports lovers of all persuasions arrive in their droves. However there are still corners that you can have all to yourself and one of the best is Big River Arm.
6. Brimin You’ve probably never heard of Brimin. It’s more of a locality than a town and there aren’t any tourist brochures. However it does have its own winery and it is a fantastic place to indulge in a little bit of Murray River boating, camping and fishing so you really should drop in some time.
7. Bundalong There is a feeling of nervous excitement that comes with realising that you aren’t quite sure where you are or what is coming next. Maybe it should be called the ‘Bundalong feeling’ because it is a constant companion here.
8. Burramine Burramine is a quiet spot on the Murray River between Yarrawonga and Cobram with a name that dates back to the arrival of the first European settler in 1842. Her name was Elizabeth Hume, her property was called the Yarrawonga Run, and she christened her homestead Byramine (Burramine).
9. Cobram Fruitful orchards, vineyards, vegie patches and dairy farms irrigated by Murray River water ensure that Cobram always comes on like a dream with peaches and cream and drinks like strawberry wine. She’s not exactly sixteen but she is beautiful and out on the river it can feel like she is all yours.
10. Delatite Bays & Inlets This is an exploration of a superb series of scenic bays and inlets on Lake Eildon’s Delatite Arm. The stage is set by the rugged hills and verdant forest of the Lake Eildon National Park where peaceful overnight stays are possible in campsites only accessible by boat or on foot.
11. Echuca You can almost smell the rum and sawdust as you glide past the paddle steamers moored at Echuca’s historic timber wharf. The sense that you have been transported back to the mid-1800s is so palpable that you could be forgiven for wondering if your vessel might actually be a tardis.
12. Lake Buffalo It is hard to imagine a time when Lake Buffalo will not be in the top five of the Global Paddler list of great paddling destinations in Victoria. Magnificent Mount Buffalo National Park, gorgeous wildlife filled wetlands and delightful Dandongadale farms are only the beginning of what you will find.
13. Lake Dartmouth Everything about Lake Dartmouth is big. The dam wall that created it is the tallest in Australia. It has a potential surface area of 60 square kilometres and a maximum depth of 150 metres. That makes it the largest artificial water storage in both Victoria and the entire River Murray System.
14. Lake Eppalock Lake Eppalock was created in 1964 when the Campaspe River was dammed just downstream from its junction with the Coliban River. Its primary purpose was to store water for irrigation and town use but it has well and truly evolved into Central Victoria’s premier water sports playground.
15. Lake Mulwala Mulwala is an Aboriginal word that means big lagoon or big back water. It is an appropriate name for the vast pool of Murray River water behind the Yarrawonga Weir which provides the backdrop for this paddle and a chance for you to take the Global Paddler Quest2K challenge.
16. Mitchellstown Mitchellstown is the town that never was. I reckon that’s enough to make it an iconic Aussie tourist destination but I know you want more. How about free waterfront camping and a Goulburn River based winery tour that takes in two of the shining stars of the Nagambie Lakes Wine Region?
17. Nagambie The Nagambie waterways are a network of lakes, backwaters, and wetlands that are jam-packed with islands, interconnected channels, and secret hideaways which inspire the imaginative mind, stimulate the adventurous spirit, and provide endless opportunities for play.
18. Tallangatta Some say Tallangatta was the inspiration for the Elvis Presley song We’re Gonna Move which featured in his 1956 movie Love Me Tender because the entire town was shifted 8 kilometres to the west that very year to avoid inundation by a newly enlarged Hume Reservoir. Surely this was not just a coincidence.
19. Tintaldra “Again! Again!” Sound familiar? Kids often shout it out excitedly after going on an awesome amusement park ride. You could feel the urge to do the same after riding the fast moving and playful waters of the Murray River between Tintaldra and Walwa in the Towong Shire of Victoria.
20. Ulupna Long before white man ever laid eyes upon the Murray River the land on both of its banks from Echuca to Albury-Wodonga was the territory of the Yorta Yorta Nation. The area between Tocumwal and Strathmerton was the domain of the Ulupna clan and much of it still bears their name.
21. Wahgunyah The Victorian town of Wahgunyah may well be the lesser known partner in the cross-border relationship it has with Corowa in New South Wales but that hasn’t always been the case. Corowa was settled eighteen years later and at that time it was simply known as North Wahgunyah.
22. Yarrawonga The stretch of water that lies before you today has a significant place in Australian paddling history and culture as the long-time host of the opening stanza of the yearly whirlwind of paddles that recently changed its name from the Murray Marathon to the Massive Murray Paddle.