|Sarah on the Barwon|
So, with Peter on hand to lug kayaks and do pick ups, we hit the river at Breakwater and headed downstream, behind the businesses along Tucker Street and out through the farms in Marshall.
|Farm machinery on the riverbank at Marshall|
In the reeds on the Marshall bank I spotted a fox which had emerged via track it had clearly used before to drink at the river. Predictably, it froze and watched us closely as I extracted the camera and then with perfect timing disappeared back amongst the reeds the second I attempted to take a shot.
|The aqueduct and Goat Island|
|Looking down the Long Reach|
Sticking close to the bank and riding out the backwash, we paddled on into quieter waters, headed for Reedy Lake. I would love to say that as we rounded the bend, all was revealed and the location of The Willows camp which I spent so much time trying to locate became immediately obvious, however this was not the case. The river narrows at this point and in places there were some stands of non-indigenous trees such as cypress overhanging the river, but no willows and no obvious point at which to camp. Nor was it easy from this point to get my bearings with respect to the outside world (so-to-speak) in order to take a guess at the likely location.
|Passing through Reedy Lake surrounded by a sea of Fairy Martins flitting around overhead|
I took the opportunity whilst on land to arrange our pick up from Tait's Point and to grab a few shots of the lower break before we hit the water for our final leg.
|The lower breakwater in Reedy Lake|
|Gates used to control the flow of water through the break|
|Sunset below the break|
|The tip of Lake Connewarre with the outskirts of Geelong on the skyline|
The only question now, is which bit to explore next?