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Big River puts kybosh on Jandra

Access to the Jandra is becoming impossible as the Darling River floodwaters rise. Photo: TWH. Inset: The Jandra stranded in floodwater on Tuesday. Photo: contributed

The Jandra Paddle Boat has had its tourist season suspended after rising river levels made it too dangerous to operate.

Bourke Council Manager of Corporate Services, Leonie Brown, said it was disappointing the river cruises had to cease but the height of the river at the boat ramp near Kidmans Camp made it too dangerous for visitors and crew to access the vessel. The last cruise was on Wednesday 7th April.

“It’s disappointing at the beginning of our tourism season, but on a positive note isn’t it great to see the flush in our Darling River?” Mrs Brown said.

“It is also a reminder of how quickly things can change – two years ago the boat was sitting on a dry riverbed and is now siting high and mighty on top of it.

“We don’t yet have a prediction for the height of the river from the Bureau of Meteorology, so we can’t say how long the boat will be out of action.

“But there are plenty of other things for people to do in Bourke – the Back O’Bourke Exhibition Centre, Mount Oxley, Gundabooka and Toorale National Parks, the new Bourke Aboriginal Art Gallery in Oxley Street, and Jenny Greentree’s Back O’Bourke Art Gallery at North Bourke.

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