Mandurah Murray Vietnam & Veterans Group Inc.
One of the pleasures of Kayaking the Murray river
MMV&VG has a very active kayaking group which has an organized paddle each Thursday morning at various locations in the Mandurah area. All levels of paddling expertise are catered for and there is now a growing contingent of lady paddlers. The Group has it's own kayak trailer which carries six Group owned kayaks. These are available for members who don't have their own kayak or for those people who wish to try kayaking before committing to purchasing one.
The Group's Kayak Trailer
The Thursday format is usually a 45 minute paddle followed by a break on the riverbank or beach and then return. The group is normally split in to short and longer distance paddlers according to ability or preference. Generally morning tea is enjoyed after the paddle at either a coffee shop or on the riverbank. We are blessed in the Peel region with many great locations suitable for paddling and we have a growing list of launch spots. We hope to have a kayak launching beach constructed outside our clubhouse on the Murray River in 2008.
Thursday Paddling Group at Sandy Cove
The group also pursue other activities associated with kayaking including providing safety boats for the Cambria Island Swim in February and participating in the Mandurah Canoe Week where we host a kayak paddle, participate in kayak polo, attend training sessions and participate in a white water paddle.
Members Participate in Kayak Polo
For those who have graduated to buying their own Sea Kayak (a rapidly growing list) the Group organizes occasional longer distance paddles of 25-35km. These include paddles from Mandurah to Rockingham, around Halls Head Island, around Garden Island, a midnight full moon paddle from Pinjarra to Mandurah, around the Penguin Island area and Peel-Harvey Inlet paddles.
Members have also completed several three day expedition type paddles including Coral Bay to Yardie Creek along the Ningaloo Reef, Sue's Bridge to Augusta down the Blackwood River and a Cervantes to Leeman ocean paddle. More of these are planned for the future including Yardie Creek to Exmouth in May 2008.
Coral bay to Yardie Creek Finish 2006
Coral Bay to Yardie Creek - 2006
Blackwood River - 2007
Cervantes to Leeman - 2007