Location: King River, King River
Distance: 8km one way
Trail Marker: Unmarked trail, easy to follow
Duration: 2 - 3 hours
Cost: $0, free entry
Toilet Facilities: No
Dog Friendly: No
Date Paddled: 1st February 2020
The King River Paddle Trail is a beautiful 8km paddle through a sheltered flat water location with minimal currents, easy entry and exits and never more than 500m from safe landing sites making it a great paddle for all abilities and experiences. I have started at two separate entry/exit points now, Coraki Park at the Lower King Bridge and the King River Bridge on Chester Pass Road. Both very accessible by 2wd vehicles, both easy entry/exit with watercraft. For this blog I began at Coraki Park, paddling upstream East to West, regretting it a short time in for two reasons, 1. The tide was very low and sticking to the channel was non existance. I had to get out and drag my kayak through inch deep water lol 2. The wind picked up as soon as I rounded Parker Bay, and the river narrowed to about 100m wide, and I was going nowhere fast.
The upside was that there were many shallows where water birds were feeding and I am sure laughing at this silly woman who did not think to read tide or wind conditions. I managed a further 2km upstream, passing houses on the south bank in Norwood Estate and jumped at the chance to exit at a small launch site with a grassed area, and got hubby to pick me up hahaha photos are from other days from this point. So still continuing on upstream the river narrows to 30-50m wide, paddling past some of the most amazing granite boulders which provide good photo opportunities especially on calm days when the rocks are reflected on the water surface.
The river winds past farms on both sides for another 3km before coming to the King River Bridge where Chester Pass Road crosses the river. Just before the bridge there is a landing/launch site on the west (left) bank with a picnic area. I use this launch area the most as it's closer to home. The trail passes by under the bridge passing caravan parks on both sides of the river and continues to narrow. It is possible to paddle approximately 2km further upstream before the river becomes impassable and paddlers need to turn back. This part of the river is very protected and a good option on windy days.