‘Steering is going to be a challenge’: a beginner’s guide to river tubing squib

Paddle in hand, Stephanie Convery rolls on an unexpected branch of the Yarra River

For most Australians, mention of the Yarra River likely brings to mind the opaque sludge that wends its way through Melbourne’s central business district. But the river didn’t always look like that, and if you follow it upstream towards its source in the Dandenong Ranges, the vista is one of verdant bush, clean air and bubbling cold rapids.

This is the part of the Yarra on which we are going tubing – that is, rolling down the river on little more than a tyre tube.

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