Paddlers plan 355km downstream river odyssey

Yamba SLSC president Alan Schofield discusses the River Odyssey with Alex Abrahams and Richard Bennett. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED
Yamba SLSC president Alan Schofield discusses the River Odyssey with Alex Abrahams and Richard Bennett. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

A TEAM of walkers, canoe and raft paddlers will tackle the Nymboida, Mann and Clarence River system in a three week, 355km downstream River Odyssey from Barren Mountain on the Dorrigo Plateau to Yamba in March.

Alex and Stephen Abrahams, Richard Bennett, Bob Wonders, Paul Macdonald and Shaun Walsh will start the paddle at the source of the Nymboida River on Barren Mountain, 1470m above sea level.

The first stage will involve three days walking to reach sufficient water and avoid the 90m drop at Rob Roy Falls, two days canoeing and two days rafting to reach the Nymboida Hotel on March 15.

Brothers Alex and Stephen with Richard and Bob will complete the paddle into the Mann and Clarence Rivers to finish at sea level on Main Beach, Yamba, subject to good weather, a good flow in the rivers and suitable tides and swell on March 26.

The paddle is raising funds for the Maitland Hospital Foundation and Yamba Surf Lifesaving Club - donations can be made at mycause.com.au/page/54157.

"Our family has a continuing connection with Yamba and a 60-year history with the three rivers," Alex Abrahams said.

Topics:  clarence, mann, nymboida, river odyssey



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