Win­dow Seat

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The call of the Mur­ray River’s wind­ing creeks and wet­lands

The maze of horse­shoe bends in Nock­burra Creek, off the Mur­ray River in South Aus­tralia’s River­land re­gion, begs to be ex­plored by ca­noe or kayak. Time stands still in the back­wa­ters of the an­cient in­land river, which the nearby Ngar­rind­jeri peo­ple be­lieve was cre­ated in the Dream­time when an an­ces­tral hero called Ngu­run­deri chased the gi­ant Mur­ray cod, Pondi, in a bark ca­noe. The fish carved out the wa­ter­way with every mighty swish of its tail. Dot­ted around this part of the Loch Luna Game Re­serve are small, ba­sic camp sites from which you can launch your own wa­ter­craft. As you nav­i­gate the turns of the slow, shal­low creek, every oar stroke is a med­i­ta­tion on nat­u­ral beauty, each scene framed by tow­er­ing river red gums and shrubby tan­gled lignum. Be guided by a map of the Nock­burra Creek Ca­noe Trail or fol­low the cackle of the darter to wet­lands abun­dant with other aquatic birds such as black swans, pel­i­cans, royal spoon­bills and white-faced herons. Along the way, you might spot kan­ga­roos and goan­nas and, if you’re lucky, snatch a furtive glance from a na­tive water rat.

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