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Paynesville Australia Is A Boating And Nature Lovers Paradise

Posted on June 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

Without a doubt, Paynesville, a former ship building center, is the most popular spot in all of Victoria for water sports. You can find nearly any kind of water related activity here, as well as fantastic scenery and an abundance of wildlife. It is the perfect spot for any nature enthusiast or water lover.

Paynesville is a charming village that is surrounded by three lakes amidst Australia’s famed Gippsland waterways, about 300 kilometers from Melbourne. Its unique location between Lake Wellington, Lake King and Lake Victoria gives visitors excellent access to saltwater as well as fresh water activities around the region’s vast network of lakes, rivers and coastal waterways.

Paynesville is certainly the area’s center for boating. There are boundless marinas around to dock, launch or rent a boat. An extensive canal system makes it simple to move throughout the whole of East Gippsland. Boaters here can do their own sailing or charter a vessel for sightseeing, dining or fishing.

There are also many opportunities for canoeing, tubing and kayaking in the Mitchell River. This is a terrific place to experience the magnificent scenery, wildlife areas and wilderness landscapes. An interesting natural feature here is the Silt Jetties. These are eight kilometer long delta formations at the mouth of the river that are the second largest of their kind in the world.

In addition to the many aquatic recreational activities, Paynesville is also noted for being a place to examine many native wildlife species, plant varieties and geological formations. Besides the many lakes and other waterways, the local environments also include marshlands, woods and grasslands. Nature enthusiasts gather here to observe a wide variety of animals that are abundant in their natural habitats.

One of the most popular attractions for nature lovers is the Rotamah Island bird observatory, located on the shore of Lake Victoria. This is a facility operated by the Royal Australian Ornithologists’ Union and is an internationally known field study center. It also functions as a museum that features artifacts, photography and art. Visitors here can find a multitude of fascinating exhibits related to animal behavior, plant life and local ecology.

Birdwatchers will find hundreds of species of mammals, fish and native birds in the famous Lakes National Park, including many rare varieties of swans, pelicans, and ducks. This area is considered to have the most significant of all populations of rare wading birds found in Australia. There are also guided tours that enable the tourist to catch a glimpse of kangaroos, koalas and emus in the wild.

Naturally, the lake systems are heavily used for both commercial as well as recreational fishing and virtually all the lakes are easily accessible by boat. While the waters have a diverse variety of fish species for anglers, the most popular and plentiful are the notable black bream and the mullet. Fishing trips and boat tours around the lakes and rivers are always available from the marinas in Paynesville. Many water skiers, windsurfers and divers regularly visit to take advantage of the water.

Of course, you can also find excellent accommodations, restaurants and shopping. There are also many festivals, market events and yacht races. Without a doubt, Paynesville is the premier location in Australia for nautical and natural vacationing.

Wilderness Survival Gear Guide

Posted on June 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

Wilderness survival gear encompasses many facets of maintaining a level of security while out in the elements. Which backpack, tent, sleeping bag and clothing you choose can make all the difference in the world when actually utilizing these items in nature. With comparative research, you will be able to procure the proper equipment best suited to your wilderness survival needs.

An important piece of wilderness survival gear to have is a quality backpack. Because this piece of equipment will end up taking quite a bit of abuse out in the wild, you want to make sure you buy the right model for your specific needs. There are two styles to choose from when shopping around for a backpack. Using lightweight aluminum, an external frame backpack is well-suited to most backpackers who carry ample loads. Internal frames are usually made out of a heavier material like glass or carbon fiber, but offer better balance by creating a lower center of gravity.

Having the proper kind of shelter is just as important as procuring the right backpack. The types of tents vary from family-sized shelters that comfortably sleep up to 10 people to small backpacking tents built for one. There are some models that allow for standing room up to 6’5″ tall while others have a simple crawl-in entrance. While the luxury of a larger tent may seem beneficial, factoring in the weight of the materials on your pack load is necessary.

Your bed for the evening will most likely be a sleeping bag. Your location will be a huge factor in deciding on a model and style for your needs. If you will be in snow, you will want to find a sleeping bag with a draft collar as this feature retains heat while preventing cold air from entering. In hotter climates, look for a well-ventilated sleeping bag with a side zipper stretching the entire length of the sleeping bag. This allows you to air out your lower extremities. There are literally hundreds of different models, styles and brands to choose from when shopping for this type of wilderness survival gear so your needs are sure to be met.

The type of clothing you will need for your survival in the wilderness is also heavily determined by the type of climate your will be in. A very important cold weather clothing item to obtain is some type of hat, preferably wool. As you lose 40 to 45% of heat through your exposed head, it is plain to see why wearing protective covering is important. In any kind of climate, wearing many loose layers is beneficial as tight clothing restricts blood flow and circulation. In cold climates, this tactic encourages insulation while in warmer temperatures, removal of clothing in layers as you see fit results in proper ventilation.

Discover Some of the Best Wilderness Trout and Bass Fishing Just One Hour West of Toronto, Ontario

Posted on June 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

Just one hour from Toronto we experienced guided platform raft fishing on the Grand River in Paris. The river offers abundant small mouth bass, fall/spring rainbow trout… as well as pike, walleye and big carp.

The platform fishing was excellent. Two fishermen could easily fly fish for bass or trout with lots of space. For those that bait cast, there were deck chairs elevated above the water allowing easy vision of striking fish.

The speed of the raft allowed many casting opportunities. At each pool and swift there was lots of time to hit every spot with numerous casts.

In April to mid-May rainbow trout or steelhead are abundant in the river… as the river gets warmer these fish head for Lake Erie… but return in September, offering lots of action. There was also excellent fishing for rainbow trout and brown trout in the pristine cold waters of Whiteman’s Creek, which joins the Grand River.

In July/August the small mouth bass dominate the Paris section of the Grand River. Locals expressed no surprise at catching 40 bass in several hours at the beginning of the bass season.

Pike and pickerel were present in this section of the Grand River, but minor in comparison to the trout and bass. The nearby Nith River offers much better pike and pickerel fishing opportunities.

People that are traveling in the area and in need of tackle can simply rent from the Big Catch fishing shop in Paris for twenty dollars per day. If looking for accommodations, the countryside setting of the River Ridge Bed & Breakfasts caters to fishermen. It offers excellent accommodations and breakfast… but it is the soothing outdoor hot tub for the tired fisherman that appeases most!

Part of the Grand River in this area has been zoned Exceptional Waters to preserve the fish populations against heavy fishing pressure. This barb-less, bait-less, catch & release zone contains some very healthy fish populations.

The biggest surprise was soaking in a wilderness fishing experience so near to the city of Toronto. The platform raft fishing offers some of the best fishing on the Grand in Southern Ontario. Definitely a great river for a days fishing!