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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.
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.

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
Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3
Stage 4
Stage 1 / 12km - Gunbower to Thompson's Bridge Weir
Stage 2 / 11km - Thompson's Bridge Weir to Hipwell Weir
including O'Reilly's Bridge
Stage 3 / 8km - Hipwell Weir to Wee Wee Rup
including O'Reilly's Bridge
Stage 4 / 15km - Wee Wee Rup to Cohuna (Finish Line)
including Dalton's Bridge
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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Phone Lines

Line 1: 02 9969 4590

Line 2: 02 9960 4389





NSW Location

81 Parriwi Road - Smiths Boat Shed
The Spit Bridge, Mosman 2088


Victorian Location

Murray River Adventures

Cohuna, Victoria

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Certificate of Operation Holder.

Address for all official correspondence

Sydney Harbour Kayaks Pty Ltd

Eora Country

81 Parriwi Road - Smiths Boat Shed
Mosman 2088

There is a lot of parking close to us at the Spit Bridge, however it is council paid parking.

Free parking Information
There is some free parking north and south of us at Upper Parriwi Road, Mosman or Avona Cres, Seaforth.

Both locations will require a few hundred metres walk back to our Spit Bridge location.

Note: make sure you always check the parking signs.


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Opening Hours

SUMMER HOURS - October to April

Monday & Tuesday: 9am to 3pm

(last rental at 1.30pm)

Wednesday: 9am to 5pm

Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Friday: 9am to 5pm

Saturday and Sunday: 7.30am to 5pm

Last rental each day is 3.30pm unless listed.

WINTER HOURS - May to September

Monday / Tuesday CLOSED

Wednesday & Thursday: 9am to 3pm

Friday: 9am to 5pm

Saturday and Sunday: 7.30am to 5pm

(last rental at 3.30pm)

Note: The last rental each day is 3.30pm

when we close at 5pm

or it is at 1.30pm when we close at 3pm.

We will be closed:

Easter Sunday

Christmas Day

Boxing Day

New Years Day