The Moorabool ~ Alternate Perspectives
A 'Fyansford Explorations' BLOG series
SheOaks Films (July 2019)
Views of Moorabool River valley
from the Ted Wilson trail in Hamlyn Heights
Jo Mitchell's Barwon Blog is not just about the Barwon.
It also features blogs on the Moorabool River.
A presentation by Ralph Cotter on the restoration work done in the Moorabool Gorge
Moorabool River Flow near Hunt's Bridge April 2008 after release from Lal Lal
A series of 6 photographs over 20 minutes showing the transition from dry bed to flowing river.
The Moorabool River flowing at the Batesford gauging station for the first time in over two years.
Moorabool River Environmental Flow just north of Meredith. A sweet rarely heard sound.
The Effect of Environmental Water on the Moorabool River
Landcare benefits for the Moorabool River
Moorabool River Viaduct
8km up Moorabool
Our Moorabool looks great when carrying water...
J. Flatt 2018
What bird is that?
People for a Living Moorabool
"The Moorabool River is a hidden gem with spectacular falls at Lal Lal and beautiful spots for swimming and fishing. Supplying water for Ballarat and Geelong and for agriculture has taken its toll and the Moorabool is now Victoria's most flow stressed river".
Avg annual streamflow:97,000 ML
Main towns:Geelong, Ballarat
Overall health rating:Moderate to very poor – most flow stressed catchment in Victoria
The Moorabool River, located in the Moorabool Catchment is the most flow- stressed river in Victoria – in an average year 62% of its water is extracted for use, the highest level of use in the state.
Videoed at the Meredith Pumping Station. It was the first sighting for a couple of years.
Situated adjacent to the Dog Rocks outcrop on the top of a hill in west Batesford, adjacent to the Moorabool
Platypus are considered widespread in the Moorabool River between Lal Lal Reservoir and Batesford, and the increased flows are likely to increase the presence of aquatic insects, fresh water shrimps, worms and yabbies for them to feed on. “Juvenile platypus will start dispersing in autumn so it is important to maintain good flows in the river to connect habitat pools and facilitate the movement of platypus into new areas,” Corangamite CMA River Health Executive Manager Trent Wallis said.
Magic and I love our dawn-n-dusk strolls
around the estate.
Gordon MacRae has reported
three sightings of foxes
since moving into the estate.
The other morning (7.00-ish) I spotted a wallaby over the Moorabool River; first as we walked northward along McAuliffe Drive and again as we headed down Littlewood Drive toward Monier Way.
And, isn't it always the way - my phone hadn't been recharged
"The river flows in flat farmland, and has extensive pools to 2.5 m deep. Substrate is mud in the pools and gravel in the riffles. The same fish as upstream occur here, as well as Australian grayling, European carp and congoli. Fly-fishing, minnow lures and spinners are successful in taking brown trout. Baits such as garden worms are used for catching tench, river blackfish, redfin and short-finned eel. This river is considered to be one of the better brown trout fisheries close to Geelong..". To see more...
"The Moorabool joins the Barwon at Queens Park (Melway 451 B3). It used to be scenic stream skirting the outskirts of Geelong, producing brown and Rainbow Trout, redfin and the occasional good size blackfish. The Moorabool still produces fish but it carries less water and appears far less healthy than when I fished it as a youngster from the bottom of Church Street. Public access to the Moorabool River is restricted to Fyansford and from Batesford (Melway 511 E6). The Moorabool River Joins Sutherlands Creek above Batesford on the Midland Highway, and possibly owes its population of native blackfish to this water. One of the best known stretches of the Moorabool is at Morrisons on the Meredith/Ballan Road (Melway 511 C3). This is a favoured fly fishing area supporting a healthy population of Brown Trout, mostly quite small. However, the occasional encounter with an much larger escapee from Lal lal reservoir, which is several kilometres upstream from Morrisons, is always an attractive possibility: Fishing is not permitted in Lal lal reservoir which also known as Bungal dam... To see more...
Buckley Falls Park
JEMMA RYAN, Geelong Advertiser
June 25, 2016 1:00pm
“Hidden away in Fyansford at the end of Cyril Synot Drive, this is a peaceful spot on a wide stretch of the river, a few hundred metres upstream from the beginning of the falls.”
Drive up Dolder Street late at night and you won't believe the number feeding.
Ask some of the neighbours what they think...
Thanks to Amy McBryde for this image of snails on her back fence. She also posted a great information sheet on the common white snail on Fyansford Community Noticeboard.
Pests ~ And, yes, we have our share
And, every now and then one strikes ‘gold’… Jo Mitchell’s blog
Jo's finishing comment:
“And so after five hours of rocks, prickles, boxthorn, ants,
bees, rushes, reeds, barbed wire and leeches
we were finally done.
Not exactly a "paddle" I would recommend,
however a very interesting part of the Moorabool
to have seen at close quarters”
Some of Jo's images taken while kayaking down the Moorabool River
The Moorabool ~ As others see it....
The term 'Moorabool' is believed to have Aboriginal origins. See: ~
"The name Moorabool has Aboriginal origins. According to the Heritage Centre’s Street names index 'generally regarded as meaning the curlew; however, there is a suggestion that it refers to the supernatural as evidenced by the curlew’s weird cry.' This is confirmed in Place names of Victoria by Les Blake, which defines it as haunt or cry of the curlew."
Source: Geelong Heritage Centre (Email dated 1 March, 2016)
I would appreciate it if someone could throw more light on this...
The Moorabool ~ Alternate Perspectives
Blog #1 ~ Postcards
Blog #2 ~ fred kruger
Blog #3 ~ Barwon Blog (Jo Mitchell)
To view the Blog #3 postings see:
To view the Blog #4 postings see:
Blog #5 ~ a moorabool Makeover
Q. How many makeovers has the Moorabool had?
A ‘makeover’ is a radical change in appearance.
When describing a river it refers to a dramatic altering of its appearance or construction, such as when the waterway is dramatically altered, renovated or re-routed.
Though makeovers are usually referred to in a positive manner, i.e. seen as a way to start afresh or improve the life of the river, in the case of the Moorabool, I have my doubts.
The following gathering of photographs spanning over six decades hints at a cloze-story containing many gaps. For me it is yet another conundrum; a question having only a conjectural answer. There must be people out there who can factually "fill in the gaps".
Exactly how many makeovers has the Moorabool had, when and by whom?
The River Basin Management Society collection ~ 1947, '55 & '63
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Andreas Makarewitsch ~ 1980s
Ron Grant ~ 1990s
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Jo Mitchell ~ 1915
Prior to the limestone quarry beginning operation Ca 1890 the river banks had suffered extensive erosion damage. I can imagine, however, that native flora and fauna thrived with platypus, fish and an abundance of native wildlife being found in the river and its environs. During the century-long period during which the quarry functioned, there were attempts by authorities to alter both the course and flow of the river via the installation of concrete weirs and lengthy channels (both low and high-sided). While these were initially installed, I am sure, with the best of intentions, the embankments and other works have over the years been subject to degradation, wear and neglect; a classic case of "out-of-sight / out-of-mind". While I personally have not recently observed the situation (I detail elsewhere my association back in the mid-fifties with the installations), the above four galleries indicate the extent of this erosion, concrete channelling and its apparent state of disrepair.
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would be very grateful for any comments, photographs or maps regarding:~
the installation of any of the concrete works
the present condition of the installations