Nelbuck Island Loop Trail

A loop trail which starts from Murtho (Canoe the Riverland) and travels via Kylie Creek, Ral Ral Creek and Nelbuck Creek back to the Murray River and returns to the start point. This trail can be extended to 2-days by paddling on through the Ral Ral wide waters and around Reny Island (past Calperum Station). Campsites can be found along the way. Be aware that you are travelling through National Park and reserve areas.

Paddle overview : Paringa Nelbuck Island

Nelbuck Island loop trail

Region Riverland
Nearest Town Renmark/ Paringa (265 K from Adelaide) View in google map
Distance 24 km return or 44 km for the extended 2-day trip
Paddle Time One day (or two days for the extended trip)
Difficulty Easy to moderate
Facilities Secure car parking; camping facilities including showers and toilets also available.
Conditions Visit BOM for weather conditions
Conditions Protected waters – river and river backwaters
Parking Available at launch point

Trail Notes

The trail starts at Canoe the Riverland located 8.35 km from Paringa on the Murtho Road.
Canoe the Riverland near Paringa (GPS 34.1117 S 140.8009 E)

Trail notes
The trail starts at Canoe the Riverland located 8.35 km from Paringa on the Murtho road. 

Turn left from the launch site into the Murray River, turn left again and travel about 3.25 km to Kylie Creek located on the RHS at Point
M (GPS34.1216 S 140.7723 E). 

Keep left for about 3 km in this creek ignoring any creek entrances on the RHS until you reach a T-intersection at Point H (GPS 34.1303 S 140.7513 E). This wide creek is Ral Ral Creek. 

Turn right into this creek and travel for 6.4 km until you reach Ral Ral wide waters. At this juncture Point G (GPS 34.0902 S 140.7310 E) turn hard right into Nelbuck Creek.

Note: There may be quite a strong flow to paddle against in this creek.

Travel about 3.7 km along this picturesque creek until you reach a T-intersection with the Murray River at Point K (GPS 34.0831 S 140.7554E). Turn right into the river

From here it is an easy 6-8 km paddle back to the launch site.

Note: There is a short cut that can be taken through Log Creek at about the 3 km mark from your entrance into the Murray River and this cuts off a loop in the river of about 2 km.

Two day trip:
This trip can be extended into a two-day trip by including Reny Island on the trip.

At Point G instead of turning right into Nelbuck Creek continue into Ral Ral wide waters for about 2 km until you see the continuation of Ral Ral creek on the LHS. Continue along this creek for about 2 km; the creek divides at this point into three, take the middle route. Travel a further 5 km and you will reach Calperum Station. Immediately after Calperum Station, the creek makes a hard right turn.

There are numerous campsites available along this section of the creek and some even have toilet facilities. Campsites can be booked at the station. Note: Calperum Station is part of the Riverland Biosphere Reserve (formerly Bookmark)

Travel for a further 5 km and you will reach a major intersection at Point D (GPS 34.0463 S 140.7615 E). Turn right here into this creek. 

Travel about 2 km along this creek and you will re-enter the Murray River at Point E (GPS 34.0590 140.7611E).

Turn right and travel about 12 km downstream to your launch point at Canoe the Riverland.



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

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Secure car parking, camping facilities including BBQ, Firepit, Kitchen (fridge and oven), power, showers, toilets, and change room all available at Canoe the Riverland.
Limited on-site dormitory accommodation is also available.
The moored paddle steamer Julie Fay is also available as an Airbnb. Canoes and Kayaks can be hired from this site

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