Launch from the Port of Maffra which is a wood jetty parallel to the bank and a wooden ramp for kayak access. There is no public access for powered craft. According to the locals the water is normally up to the bottom of the ramp, however Gippsland Water released water recently dropping the level. The Port is opposite Case International Harvester, about 300m up stream from Murray Goulbourn. There are toilets, BBQ facilities, picnic shelter and angle parking close by.
The McAllister at Maffra is a wide, slow moving river, banks of wattle, statuesque gums, replanted riparian zone. As you move upstream there is obvious evidence of dairy farming, the waft of parfume de bovine, and the occasional deposit left at a pull in spot. Further upstream the river narrows and the flow becomes more obvious, fallen trees call for navigation skills. The picnic spot is a pebble beach on the right, just before the Newry Creek. Newry Creek can be identified as a gully on the right immediately before a high sided embankment (cliff) with cyclone wire fencing running around the top. You can paddle a further 400m or so past this point before snags and pebble races make further navigation in a sea kayak a significant challenge.
Stopping at the pebble beach, there is a short track up the bank, through the trees, which opens onto a grassy glade respendant with picnic table. A further grassy area is above this with access off a bitumen road (Newry) – a perfect camping spot.
With a tail wind combined with river flow the return trip to Mafffra was a leisurely paddle/drift – a perfect way to end a brilliant day
Highly recommend this paddle (Summer/Autumn), an early morning paddle would give the opportunity to see platypus in the wild!! Not suitable for spring/following heavy rain event due to increased stream flow.