Chowilla – Salt Creek Murray Loop

Start PointBorder Cliff Customs House boat-ramp
End PointBorder Cliff Customs House boat-ramp
Distance45km return
Time4 Days – Canoeing
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This loop trail in the anabranch creek system you are paddling against the flow most of the distance (approx. 21 kms). When you reach the Murray River you will paddle downstream. On this trail you cover the upper third of the anabranch creek system and entering into NSW.

1. Start at Boarder Cliffs Customs House boat-ramp (Lat: 33974532 S, Long: 140.958220 E)

2. Paddle downstream to the “Shute” (approx. 150m) a fast-flowing, narrow creek (leaving the main river on the RH side) joining Murray River and Hyperna Creek. (If the “Shute” is considered hazardous for the skills of the group the alternative is to paddle upstream to portage point at 399 River miles portage into Hypurna Creek (approx. 75 m) and then paddle down to the junction of the “Shute” approx. total distance = 2.2 kms + 75m portage)

3. When reaching Hyperna Creek take LH until reaching the junction of Hyperna Creek and Salt Creek
(approx. 200m). Remains of an old footbridge are near the junction.

4. Turn RH into Salt Creek for approx. 4 kms. To the junction with Punkah Creek (on the LH side) After
about 750m there may be another junction with Punkah Creek. Keep right.

5. Keep to the RH and follow this for approx. 3.5kms where Salt Creek divides into 2 branches. You are on the border between SA and NSW. LH branch approx. 1.5kms may have some snags to negotiate through. RH branch approx. 3.5kms travels along a shallower horseshoe lake which in low river flow years may be dry. (Large flocks <150 birds of Black Swans or Australian Pelicans may be seen in the horseshoe lake) 6. At the junction take RH branch. Salt Creek and continue for a further 7.5 kms. 7. At the Junction continue on the LH branch for a further 3 kms to reach the Murray through numerous snags which will severely slow your progress, or take RH for 5.5 kms to reach the Murray with some snags. 8. Follow the Murray back downstream to Border Cliffs boat-ramp approx. 20 kms taking the fast flowing Higgins Cutting at 654 kms Novice to Intermediate:, 3 – 4 days, Overnight lightweight camping required, Camping Permits available at SA Parks and Wildlife Service at This loop can be reversed in periods of low river flow with the modification of deleting the paddle up the “Shute” when returning and instead go to the portage site (399 river miles) This variation will add approx. 2.2 kms + 75m portage.

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