Victorian Downriver Series – 5 Remaining Event Dates



Vic downriver series to offer major spot prize.

The Victorian DR series runs between 11-13 events during the year, and now with 5 remaining events now is a timely reminder that if you participate in 3 or more events you go in the draw to win a major spot prize to  The Barron River Challenge 50/20/12 in far north Queensland

So far we have had 73 competitors, 20 have done 2 or more races and 15 have qualified with 3 or more events.

With 5 races remaining there is plenty of opportunity for others to qualify.

Sun 27-Aug-17 Warburton DR Classic Race: Maher Bridge to Millgrove?
Sun 17-Sep-17 WildWater Classic State Champs, Homestead to Witton’s 3km
Sun 8-Oct-17 WW Rapid Sprint Island rapid: Homestead to Wittons
Sat 11-Nov-17 Goulburn Classic Race Kerresdale to Seymour  (34km)
Sat 25-Nov-17 apid Sprint State Championships  Goulburn River (behind Blugums Caravan Park)

Contact Chris Wharton 0400-043313 for event information

Please contact Tony for more details regarding the prize and how many events you have completed.



The Barron River Challenge 50/20/12

The Barron River Challenge 50/20/12 is a whitewater and marathon event on the Barron River, Far North Queensland.

Paddlers have the choice of 3 distances All race waves start at the low bridge, Herberton Street, Mareeba on Saturday  afternoon.

Registration and scrutineering is between 11am and 1pm on the banks of the river, close to the start.

The 12km race BRC12 finishes at the High Bridge in Biboohra.

The BRC20 course continues a further 10km downstream to finish at “Bilwon-on-the-Barron”.

BRC20 competitors finish at Bilwon.

For BRC50 paddlers this is also the finish of Day 1. BRC50 paddlers restart at Bilwon on Sunday morning and paddle the more challenging final 30km to finish in Kuranda around midday.

It is expected that all paddlers will have experience in moving Grade 1 water. Paddlers in the BRC12 and BRC20 have a number of water races to negotiate, most requiring precise line placement to avoid relying on evasive turning strokes to avoid tree snags.

The BRC50 requires high degrees of stamina and experience in grade 2-3 river paddling. The  BRC50 race restarts early on Sunday in Bilwon. Depending on prevailing water levels, you may encounter one Grade 3 rapid and a number of Grade 1/2 rapids by the time you get to Kuranda.

From Bilwon the Barron River winds through close overhanging trees for 4 km till Koah reef where the river opens to reveal a myriad of turbulent Grade 1/2 races where line selection is paramount.

With the high Kuranda Bridge overhead, the final smooth water sprint to the finish at Kuranda

Beach masks the true Barron River Challenge