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Black Swan2020

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The Black Swan
Gunbower to Cohuna
46km / Gunbower Creek 
Start time: CANCELLED
Start Location: Felix L’Huillier Park in Gunbower, Victoria
The Black Swan, is a 46km paddling race along the narrow and tightly winding Gunbower Creek.
The race starts at Creekside park in Gunbower, Victoria and finishes at Cohuna, Victoria in Apex Park.
This unique race is going to be a lot of fun and to win, you will need to have a lot of turning skills and strategy in very narrow conditions.
The creek has very little flow however there are several obstacles; a short 'white water' fish weir, three bridges, that depending on the creek height, you will get to go under or over and it also has a main weir that definitely requires a portage.
There is a main channel, however the creek is full of tree stumps and low hanging branches to make it all that more interesting.
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Gunbower and Cohuna are wonderful Victorian country towns, that have some really nice accommodation and restaurants.
The race will start mid morning and the presentation will be held in Cohuna, early evening.
Traditionally, Gunbower Island was frequented by two clans; the Barapa Barapa and the Yorta Yorta. The Barapa Barapa and Yorta Yorta people have long connections with the area now known as Gunbower National Park.
The area was known as Kanbowro – twisting and tortuous like the necks of the black swans.
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Registration OPEN


Adults = $49.00

Under 18 = $34.00

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Stage 1 - 12km

Stage 2 - 11km

Stage 3 - 8km

Stage 4 - 15km

Race Time and Cutoffs
Start at 10am.
Government Regulations have been imposed due to Duck Shooters in the area, therefore racers must be off the water by 5pm.
There will be 2 cut off times: [Strictly Enforced]
Wee Wee Rup @ 2.30pm
Dalton's Bridge @ 3.30pm
Four Stages / 46km - Gunbower to Cohuna
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Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3
Stage 4
Stage 1 / 12km - Gunbower to Thompson's Bridge Weir
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Stage 2 / 11km - Thompson's Bridge Weir to Hipwell Weir
including O'Reilly's Bridge
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Stage 3 / 8km - Hipwell Weir to Wee Wee Rup
including O'Reilly's Bridge
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Stage 4 / 15km - Wee Wee Rup to Cohuna (Finish Line)
including Dalton's Bridge
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Black Swan Creek Marathon - Check Point Fly-over
Things to expect or to anticipate the unexpected
This race is open to individual paddlers or relay teams.
  • Kayak
  • Canoe
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Outriggers
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