MacIntyre River Upstream, Goondiwindi

Macintyre River Upstream, Goondiwindi   

 

The paddle

 

Turn left from the boat ramp and head up the river. Paddling upstream you will cross under the Green Border Bridge and just after that on the left side – Apex Park (approximately 1 km from boat ramp). Whilst the park stairs almost go the river from Apex Park, it is not really a stopping area unless the river is at a higher level. However further upstream you should notice a sand bank close to the left side of the river where you could stop for a rest on the way up or the way back.

 

Paddling up further you may notice the Serpentine Creek inlet on the left which also has a weir. After a further paddle up Macintyre river you will cross under the Cunningham Highway bridge. It is worthwhile paddling further if you have the time.  

 

Here you have the opportunity to head further up Macintyre river and possibly locate the weir (as estimates of distance vary) or return back to the boat ramp.

 

At the end you will need to head back downstream to the boat ramp where you started from.

 

There are a few variations to the paddle upstream you can organise. 

 

How to get there

 

The launch point is the Goondiwindi Boat Ramp, which is located near the town centre on the bank of the Macintyre river. The Boat Ramp is in Elizabeth Street. Perhaps the easiest way is to travel down Marshall Street to Elizabeth Street and turn right. Shortly after this turn you will see a toilet block on the left, and you will need to turn down the boat ramp path on the left shortly after the toilet block. Proceed down the path to the ramp. There is an excellent turning space at the bottom of the ramp for cars without trailers.

 

Distance/Time to allow

 

You probably need to allow at least 3-4 hours, though you can tailor your distance to your available time.

 

What to expect Ð water conditions, etc

 

The Macintyre river has a weir upstream and downstream, though a current is still noticeable at different times. It is wise to be cautious around water pumping stations and weirs on the river and creek. Submerged trees and rubbish risks need to be considered, especially if you go down any side tributaries.

 

The temperature in Goondiwindi should also be considered in determining the best time for a paddle. As a general rule the earlier in the day the better depending on the time of the year.

 

Toilets are available at the Water Park near the boat ramp.

Camping facilities, accommodation, etc

 

Goondiwndi has a variety of accommodation to suit a variety of requirements. The main caravan parks in the area are:

 

Gundy Star Tourist Van Park

Old Cunningham Highway Goondiwindi

Phone: (07) 4671 2900

Email: gundystarvanpark@bigpond.com           

Web: www.gundystar.com.au  

 

Goondiwindi Tourist Park

Hungerford Street, Goondiwindi

Phone: (07) 4671 2566

Email: goondiwinditouristpark@bigpond.com   

 

Other attractions in the area

 

Border Bridge, Gunsynd Statue, Customs House Museum, Fishing, Bird Trails, River Walk. Annual Hell of the West triathlon event.

 

Other useful information

 

A bird list is available from the Goondiwindi Information Centre.

 

Website: www.goondiwindi.org