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Murray Source to Sea ending today

Brett close to the sea

Brett closing in on the ocean. The last days.

In a few hours Brett Merchant will start the last leg of his epic journey from the source of the Murray River to the sea.

On 9 April 2013 Brett rediscovered the source of the Murray River. A day later he was in his kayak and paddling towards the ocean. Today, sixty-five days later he will get his long-awaited taste of salt water.

This if a feat of endurance and tenacity, and even without any serious white water there are few who dare to take on a challenge of this scale.

The Murray River is Australia’s longest river. It rises in the Australian Alps from where it travels for 3,750 kilometres (2,330 mile) (2520 kilometers according to murrayriver.com) in a generally Western direction past the towns of Wodonga, Albury, Echuca, Swan Hill, Mildura, Renmark and opens into the ocean after passing through lake Alexandria south of Adelaide. It spans three states, has four major dams, sixteen storage weirs, 15 navigable locks and is the third largest water catchment on earth.

You can read Brett’s diary on his facebook page, where you will also get the last few progress updates if you are quick.

If you live close to the river mouth, go check out his ocean entry and cheer him on during his last few forward strokes!

Source of the Murray

Brett making his entry in the visitors notepad at the source of the Murray.

Photos courtesy Brett Merchant. With a bit of luck we will convince him to write a short account of his journey for trailblazerguide.com

Some info from Brett’s facebook page, the balance from http://www.murrayriver.com.au/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_River

Post by Franz Fuls

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About Franz Fuls

Adventurer Freelance Journalist Photographer Bunny Hugger Engineer January 2014 I depart on a 2,500km eco-expedition called Triwaters Tour. The website link is in my profile. Go check it out.

2 comments on “Murray Source to Sea ending today

  1. Hi all. Brett Merchant here and recent paddler of the Murray River.

    I recently finished this huge and wonderful journey on the 22nd of June after paddling 2335.2km on a river as varied as the seasons. The scenery, natural wonders, the people and the history of the river have combined to reward me with my life’s greatest adventure. I have no regrets and loved almost every piece of this unique experience.

    I don’t expect I’ll stop at this adventure, many more await in this big wide world.
    Thanks for the great webpage and interest Franz! 🙂

    Brett.

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