Molonglo Reach boat trip

Sun 16 February 2020 08:00am

Jack Holland

This outing/cruise will be on the upper parts of Lake Burley Griffin (East Basin) and the adjacent Molonglo River Reach, where late summer/early autumn is historically the peak time for breeding of darters as well as three species of cormorant. The area also has a variety of waterbirds, and a range of land birds can be seen on the banks.

The boat trip will last about 2 hours from 8 am and will cost $20, payable in cash on boarding.  We will again be travelling in the electric boat “MV Gull” which can carry around 22 people.  The boat allows both a quiet approach as well as access to areas difficult to get to from the land.

Please note that due to the current low (0.5 m below usual) water levels the point of departure has had to be changed and will be now be from Wharf 6 in Kingston Harbour.  Participants will need to leave their cars in Eastlake Parade, where there is free all day weekend street parking, or in the Glass Works/Bus Depot Markets car park and walk across Eastlake Parade and down Trevillian Quay.  Once you have crossed the canal keep going straight ahead for around 50 m till you reach a gap between the buildings.  Turn right and Wharf 6 and the boat should be visible once when you reach the harbour after 20 m.

Registration for this field trip is essential.  Please book your place on the boat with Jack Holland (on 6288 7840 or by email on

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