Loch Luna Nockburra Creek Loop Trail

A short paddle through Loch Luna and Nockburra Creek and associated waterways

Paddle overview : Loch Luna Nockburra Creek

Loch Luna Nockburra Creek Loop Trail

Region Riverland
Nearest Town Kingston on Murray (216km from Adelaide) View in google map
Distance 8-10 km return
Paddle Time Allow half to full day
Difficulty Easy
Facilities No Facilities at the Chambers Creek canoe launch site.Full facilities at the Kingston-on-Murray Caravan Park
Conditions Visit BOM for weather conditions
Conditions River and river backwaters
Parking Available at launch point

Trail Notes

This area is quite a tangled mass of waterways. There are old markers to mark canoe trails (see photo), but many are confusing as some of the routes are now blocked by reeds and weeds.

However, the paddle area for this trail is relatively small and reference is easily made to the highway which is elevated and clearly visible from many parts of the system.

Trail description from Shueard Road Launch point
If launching from the Shueard Road launch point then head due west approximately 1.5km, keeping to the RHS and you will soon see the Eagle Nest.

The large eagle nest can be seen in a tree at Point A (GPS 32.2166 S 140.3716 E) which is clearly visible for some distance and can be used as a reference point if lost.

There are two entrances to Nockburra Creek and both are clearly marked by blue signs on trees.

Both arms of the Nockburra Creek join again about 0.5km north of this point. Follow the creek a further kilometre and you will enter Loch Luna.

Turn left, and you will be back on the Murray River after about 1.25km and you should see Lock 3 ahead of you. You could return to your launch site from this point; however, it is more interesting to go back to where the creek enters Loch Luna and return by a different route.

Go back about 1.5km staying in Nockburra Creek, taking care to avoid the lake on the left as it is impassable further on, blocked by reeds.

Turn left at Point B (GPS 34.2055 S 140.3746 E) and you can follow this waterway back to the Chambers Creek area. The eagle nest tree will be clearly visible ahead of you.

From here you can return to the canoe launch site by travelling back the same way you came.

Trail description from Kingston-on-Murray Caravan Park
The trail starts at Kingston-on-Murray Caravan Park. Turn right and travel upstream for 1.8km. Behind Thurk Island you will find the entrance to Hawker/ Chambers Creek, it is clearly marked with a sign with directions to Chambers Creek and on to Lake Bonney and Barmera.

This creek weaves for about 600m and then divides. Nockburra Creek goes due north and Chambers Creek goes in a south-easterly direction.

The directions to Chambers Creek are clearly marked with pink tassels tied to various trees and stumps and an old big broad arrow on a tree.

The large eagle nest can be seen in a tree at Point A (GPS 32.2166 S 140.3716 E) which is clearly visible for some distance and can be used as a reference point if lost.

There are two entrances to Nockburra Creek and both are clearly marked by blue signs on trees.

Both arms of the Nockburra Creek join again about 0.5km north of this point. Follow the creek a further kilometre and you will enter Loch Luna.

Turn left and you will be back on the Murray River after about 1.25km and you should see Lock 3 ahead of you. You could return to your launch site from this point however it is more interesting to go back to where the creek enters Loch Luna and return by a different route.

Go back about 1.5km staying in Nockburra Creek, taking care to avoid the lake on the left as it is impassable further on, blocked by reeds.

Turn left at Point B (GPS 34.2055 S 140.3746 E) and you can follow this waterway back to the Chambers Creek area. The eagle nest tree will be clearly visible ahead of you.

Go to the tree, turn right and you will be back in Nockburra Creek. From here you can go back to the Caravan park.

 

Trail Notes

Loch Luna Game Reserve

This site promotes this destination as a wonderful family camping destination with photos and information about additional activities and review of individual campsites. It also includes maps and information and tips on kids and camping and even on the gear to take with you.

Kingston on Murray

This site promotes Kingston on Murray and includes information for the visitor about accommodation (from caravan parks, camping to hiring houseboats, and features links to local Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre and an events calendar covering the next 12 months of events and things to do. Worth checking out if you plan a visit to the area!

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Caution

Always check weather and wind conditions before embarking (see Meteye)

Note: This is a game reserve and is open to hunters at certain times of the year. Check with the department of environment and water for opening season details, which is generally between March and June.

Avoid the area at these times.  (see Meteye)

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Facilities

picnicParkingCafeBBQToiletsTailem Bend Canoe Trail

No Facilities at the Chambers Creek canoe launch site. 

Full facilities at the Kingston-on-Murray Caravan Park

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