Outdoor Ed Paddles the Murray08/08/2019
For the first two weeks of Term 3 the two Outdoor and Environmental Studies Unit 3/4 classes took part in their last trip for the year. The three-day paddle along the Murray River began 1 hour from Echuca at the Gulf Camping area. After paddling 26km to the first campsite, the students set up their tents and took part in a solo dinner. The solo dinner allowed the students to enjoy the stunning sunset over the water and spend some time in nature.
For the second day the students loaded up the canoes with their belongings and paddled down the river into Barmah Lake. With beautiful weather, everyone was able to enjoy the sights of the Murray, spotting many endemic and migratory birds such as Azure Kingfishers, Wedgetail Eagles and Pied Cormorants, as well as brumbies and River Red Gums.
A primary focus of the trip is learning about the significance of the Barmah Lake and surrounding area. As an internationally significant wetland, Barmah Lake provided students with the opportunity to learn about the importance of healthy outdoor environments on individuals and society. A river cruise with Kingfisher Cruises provided the students with a greater understanding of the importance of the Murray River.
After paddling 60km of the Murray River, each class ended in the small town of Barmah, the only Victorian town north of the Murray river, and headed back home from a trip for the last time.
Natalie Duane, Outdoor Ed Trainee