2020 Goolwa, South Australia – Sunday 4th October 2020

Row or paddle at your own pace in the first Australian version of the famous Vogalonga rowing event held annually in Venice since 1974.


This is a COVIDSafe event

News Update: 17 September

COVID Safe Plan

We want to keep our event COVID-free and we need all your help. There is a COVID Safe Plan in place.

Click here to read all about it.



The 1st Australian Vogalonga Down Unda

The Vogalonga Down Unda will be held at the historic Port of Goolwa, just over an hour’s drive from Adelaide. Come row or paddle at your own pace through the safe and protected Lower Lake waters of the Murray River.

Main Course

12.5 kms

Travelling from the Goolwa Aquatic Club heading east along the Goolwa Channel shoreline past the Hindmarsh Island bridge, winding through the wetlands of the Currency Creek marine reserve and returning to the GAC.


Short Course

From 5km up to 8 kms

Departing from the Goolwa Aquatic Club, travel through the safe & protected waters of the Coorong Quays marina on Hindmarsh Island and back again. Ideal for families with young children.


Something For Everyone!

Just like in Venice, whether you row sculls, tinnies, wooden dinghies, English skiffs, Irish currachs, paddle kayaks, canoes, dragon boats or SUPs or even something by foot – so long as your craft is human-powered – you are invited to be part of this amazing event.

And with a bit of luck you may even spot a Venetian boat rowed Venetian-style!

If you would like to help us build one of these boats, click here.

Feel free to dress up in colourful themed costumes or simply wear your local team gear or create something special to commemorate your crew’s participation in the event.









Resources for Participants


.Click here to see the nuts & bolts you need to know about the event.



Click here to download a PDF of the compulsory participant waiver.


Safety Handbook

Click here for the SA Recreational Boating Handbook.



Highlights from Vogalonga 2019 in Venice

June 9, 2019 saw the 45th Vogalonga in Venice, Italy. This annual tradition all started one day in 1974 when three friends took part in an informal, unofficial regatta in mascarete boats (a traditional type of Venetian boat). At the time, enthusiasts of Venetian-style rowing (voga alla veneta) were few and far between in a world where more and more locals were inclined to favour the use of motor craft in the Venetian lagoon. Many former Venetian rowers had long since ‘laid down their oars’ and an ancient rowing tradition that had been practiced for centuries seemed to be dying out.

A small group of traditional Venetian rowers came up with the idea of a non-competitive rowing regatta as a way to revive the tradition and, over time, an increasing number of local Venetian rowers were joined by boats and crews from all over Europe rowing and paddling in solidarity with Venice.

2020 will be the first Vogalonga Down Unda in Australia. If you participate, you will be making history with us. Read more.


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Vogalonga Down Unda 2020 is brought to you by

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Our dragon boat club participated in the Vogalonga in Venice in 2013 and we loved it so much we did it again in 2017. The event was so much fun, even though it was a bit of a challenge given the weather conditions each time. We love the fact that it is open to all non-motorized craft and non-competitive – everyone just gets out there and has a good time. It is so great that Australia is hosting its own version of the Vogalonga and we can’t wait to be involved!


Mary-Ann & Steve Holt
Adelaide Survivors Abreast
Adelaide, SA.


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