Paddling lakes, rivers, estuaries

For recreational paddlers, the volcanic lakes and estuaries generally provide more protected and predictable waters with plenty of opportunities to explore. View more.

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For recreational paddlers, the volcanic lakes and estuaries provide protected waters with plenty of opportunities to explore. 


The Gellibrand River has a viable put in point on Old Coach Road West near the bridge in Princetown. The Gellibrand is navigable for around 12 km upstream and 1.5km downstream of this point. There are no practical upstream exit points (with vehicle access). Return trips are the only option.  The upside of this is some picturesque upstream waters that are rarely traversed.

The Curdies River has a good estuary put in point at the boat ramp and jetty north of the Great Ocean Road (Irvine St). A good northern put in point can be found at Curdievale some 8km upstream. Best access is on the western bank and boat ramp car park although there is an informal jetty directly below the Boggy Creek Hotel. The river is currently navigable for around 4km upstream of this point.

Volcanic Lakes:

Exploring our volcanic lakes by canoe and kayak is highly recommended - Lakes Bullen Merri and Purrumbete (near Camperdown).

Jetties and ramps are located at South Beach 4km south of Camperdown, Lake Purrumbete, Lake Elingamite,, Deep Lake, and Lake Tooliorook. 

* Visitors without equipment can contact the Lakes and Craters Holiday Park in Camperdown.


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Paddling lakes, rivers, estuaries

Phone: 1300 137 255

Kayak Canoe, Volcanic Lakes and Plains, 12 Apostles Coast and Hinterland, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia