Paddling through Rain forests, Broken River

by Rod

in White Water Paddling

Upper section of Broken River

Overhanging trees shade the River

Broken River Rain Forest

As Steve and I had been paddling our section of Broken River as I wrote about in the previous post Darryl Voss and Mick Barret had been paddling a higher section. Then on Easter Monday Darryl wanted to show us this section. Steve Pierce and Collin Woodfall and I were keen to see this section before the river stopped flowing. This part of the river is truly beautiful flowing through some of the most spectacular rain forest in North Queensland. Yes there are many walking tracks made by National Parks through this rain forest but paddling through it gives you a totally different perspective.

To travel to this part of Broken River, once at the top of Eungella Range (which is 1 hours drive west of Mackay, Queensland) follow the road to Eungella Dam. 4-5km past the Platypus Bridge there is a road off to the left called the Crediton Loop Road take this until you have crossed the the second bridge. This is the start of the paddle. The paddle takes you through breath taking ponds where the river is almost covered by the rain forest. The trees are covered in moss, vines and crows-nest plants. Then at the end of each pond is a small rapid usually littered with fallen timber that you have to navigate through.

Crows nests and ferns growing in the trees

One significant rapid is a 7-8m slide down a rock slippery slide. As we came to this rapid I did’t take much notice and after a brief explanation Darryl disappeared over the lip. After a brief look I paddled up to the edge and down I went, I was a little too far to the right and hit a ledge with the nose of my kayak which nearly put my knees through the deck, but I survived and splashed into the pond below. Col who doesn’t paddle with us much didn’t think it was too difficult decided to do a 180 as he came down and completed the slide backwards.

Mick going for a slide

When we were within site of the Platypus Bridge we pulled over to the bank and walked the final 100meters back to the road. This was so we didn’t disturb any platypus which may have been swimming around the viewing platform. Below I have posted a few of the photos of the paddle.

One of the many small drops

Looking over the slide

Drifting through the rain forest

Collin and Rod enjoying another drop

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