Mary River Downstream, Maryborough

Mary River Downstream, Maryborough    

 

The paddle

 

From the park launch point head downstream as far as the conditions and your time allows. After heading upstream after approximately 5 to 6 km you should pass the city centre at the town reach section of the Mary River. The Mary River will take you all the way to River Heads if you have the time and the conditions allow. This is approximately another 30 km, and is covered in the Beacon to Beacon directory. There are a limited number of places to stop along the way.

 

You will need to return to your launch point to finish your paddle, so this should factor into how far you decide to paddle. Alternatively arrange for a  non-paddling friend to meet you for a one way paddle. Another alternative could be to paddle one way from River Heads or from the boat ramp near the end of Beaver Rock Road (off Walkers Point Road) at the Middle Bank section of the Mary River.

 

How to get there

 

The launch point is the park on the corner of Ferry and South Street, Maryborough. (If coming from Maryborough turn left before the bridge, if travelling from south of Maryborough turn right after the bridge). This park has a boat ramp. In addition there are toilets and BBQ Tables available. 

 

Distance/Time to allow

 

Allow 2 to 4 hours depending on your time on the conditions and your available time.

 

What to expect Ð water conditions, etc

 

The Mary River will have a tidal effect to take into account, especially the closer the you paddle towards the mouth of Mary River.

 

Camping facilities, accommodation, etc

 

There is no camping in this Park. A range of accommodation options are available in Maryborough.

 

Other attractions in the area

 

Tiaro and River Heads.

 

Other useful information

 

Not far from Hervey Bay and options to explore Fraser Island.