For my third kayak in five days, I ventured down to Old Noarlunga this time. Allan Horsfall and myself launched our craft(s) here at Old Noarlunga: –

The landing platform was under water this time, due to the winter rains. We paddled upstream, around the township and into the Onkaparinga Gorge.

The gorge itself is spectacular. We saw lots of birdlife there, including more pelicans.

We had to push through some reeds at one stage.

A second lot of reeds further up the river stopped us from proceeding any further upstream.

We weren’t keen to test ourselves out too much, so we turned back and pulled out at a ford (road crossing) to check our bearings. I climbed this side of the gorge.

I found this artefact in the middle of nowhere: –

This was the view of the river from the top of the gorge: –

I met some of the locals up there, including this horse: –

I returned back to the ford to meet up with Allan who had been guarding our kayaks. We pushed off again and paddled downstream, although the flowing river made it lightwork for us both.

We found a tree snag with lots of barnacles on it.

The trip along the river and along the gorge was very enjoyable.

(All photos taken by Steve Reynolds. Apologies for water on lens most of the time.)

By Steve Reynolds

Steve Reynolds is the current President of MLSSA and is a long-standing member of the Society. Steve is a keen diver, underwater explorer, photographer and is chief author of the Society's extensive back catalogue of newsletters and journals.

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