Basically from Perricoota Marina (Goldsbourgh Rd) to Torrumbarry is open. Otherwise we have exclusive use all day 7am to 7pm.
Sunday the whole river from Torrumbarry to Echuca is closed water.
Those familiar with the Southern 80 will be aware that the Murray River is closed to the public during race times to ensure safety for both competitors and spectators.
Much work is done behind the scenes to ensure this is done efficiently and effectively and the Moama Water Sports Club has developed a map to ensure everyone is up to speed with river closures from 6am until 7pm on both days of racing.
Campers along the river will be familiar with the sweep boat, which travels along the course prior to racing to mark the official closure of the river by flying a red flag and then again after the day of racing to officially reopen the river to the public by flying a green flag.
Please keep a close eye on any inflatables. If they float away on the river they will cause a hazard and could potentially stop the race. This has happened in the past.
Swim on Race Day
No person is permitted in the river during Southern 80 race times. (9am-6pm).
Enter the water on race day – no way! It is for everyone’s safety that there are barriers in the water at the finish line. This is for the spectators and crews competing alike. This rule was brought in, as some spectators were in the water whilst the boats were travelling on the water. We want everyone to enjoy the spectacle of the Southern 80. Don’t be the person to stop the race by being in the water!