Kevtoberfest #22 Nicholson River
Where there’s water, there are boats!
We spent a day exploring the Nicholson River on board Kevin’s vintage cabin cruiser Deeann J. A wide slow-moving waterway, the river flows south-east for 83 kilometres from the foothills of the Victorian Alps to Lake King.
From a small marina near the Princes Highway we sailed upstream, passing fertile farmland and weathered sandstone cliffs.
Dozens of opaque jellyfish floated just below the water’s languid surface and waterbirds near the riverbank basked in the sunshine.
When we turned and sailed downstream, the landscape changed from gently sloping green hills to grassland and marshes.
We sailed under an aged timber bridge, formerly a part of the Bairnsdale to Orbost railway line. Where trains once crossed over the river, cyclists and walkers now follow the path of the East Gippsland Rail Trail.
At the point where river meets lake, white markers created an imaginary line across the water. Beyond them Lake King’s vast expanse of water stretched away to the distant shore.
Closer to us a tiger snake swam by, gliding swiftly across the water and passing just a few metres away. Luckily it was more intent on reaching the far shore than bothering with us.
After the excitement of Kevtoberfest, a slow day on the river was the perfect way to relax.