Ross River, Townsville

Ross River, Townsville

 

The paddle

 

The launch point is from Kimball Street pontoon at Aitkenvale. From this point you can paddle about 1 to 2 km in both directions. In one direction you will meet the Gleesons weir, whilst in the other direction you will meet Aplins weir.

 

This is a good introductory paddle, assists with exercise and skill development in a protected section of the river.

 

How to get there

 

Kimball Street is located near the Nathan Street bridge in Aitkenvale, Townsville.

 

What to expect Ð water conditions, etc

 

This is a protected section of the river between two weirs.

 

Distance/Time to allow

 

Approximately 2 kms in both directions to the weirs. Allow 1 to 2 hours depending on the focus of your paddling activities.

 

Camping facilities, accommodation, etc

 

There are a range of camping and accommodation choices available in Townsville. A starting point is the Tourism section of Townsville Online: http://www.townsvilleonline.com.au/

 

Other attractions in the area

 

Magnetic Island.

 

Other useful information

 

City Wide maps are available on the web from the Townsville City Council website at:

 

http://www.townsville.qld.gov.au/community/accesstsv/citywide_map_ndx.asp  

 

Further maps and local information is available from:

 

http://www.townsvilleonline.com.au/     

 

A bird brochure is available at: www.thuringowa.qld.gov.au/thuringowa/info/BIRDS_OF_THUR.pdf

 

Townsville Canoe Club paddle on this creek regularly and if you are local joining the club is a good way to find out about other secret canoe trips and to enjoy the company of like minded paddlers.