At last the stars aligned for the scheduled social paddle on Burrill Lake with Una, Deb, Jeff and Bruce joining the trip. On the day of our expedition, Burrill Lake was as quiet as a meditation pond and we were treated to another day of the Endless Summer that has seen us right through Autumn. The water was like a mirror showing perfect reflections of the sky and trees in Stoney Creek.
The idea for the paddle came from the excellent “Paddler’s Guide to New South Wales” by Scott Rawstorne. Without some inside knowledge you would be lucky to find the start of Stoney Creek because the opening is tucked up into the far right hand corner of the top end of Burrill Lake. The shallow entrance to the creek soon opens into deeper water. The creek runs for several kilometres, meandering through farmland and past Cupitt’s winery, before ending abruptly with large, smooth rocks. We saw a sea eagle, little jumping fish and many curious cows. A couple of fishermen told us they were not having any luck. Stoney Creek reminded us of Broughton Creek without the smell; and with more easy places to get out of the kayaks.
We paddled about 16kms including the length of Burrill Lake. The local water ski club members were still sleeping in when we returned to the start at the Big4 Bungalow Park. We encountered only one power boat on the whole trip. The campers were very impressed by the craftsmanship in Una’s woody sea kayak.
If you paddle on Burrill Lake a side trip into Stoney Creek is a very nice option. This is a trip we would definitely do again. We would also highly recommend the Big4 Bungalow Park at Burrill Lake which has a range of accommodation options together with waterfront access to the lake.