In the Spring it is a pleasant drive through golden canola fields from Nagambie, Vic
to the Goulburn Weir. Australia’s Irrigation scheme was the brainchild of later to become Prime Minister Alfred Deakin. Built of large granite blocks the Goulburn Weir was opened in 1891 and was the first ‘diversion structure’ in the scheme. Water from the Goulburn River is diverted from here into the Stuart Murray Canal which flows north to Rushworth and the Waranga Basin. When the weir opened it housed one of the Southern hemisphere’s first hydro-electric schemes which attracted tourists to marvel at the ‘illumination’. A statement which shows how much we take electricity and lighting for granted these days. To this day the weir is still an important part of the irrigation scheme and was modernised in the 1980’s.
The Goulburn Weir is a delightful picnic spot with plenty of parking, lawns, BBQ’s an informative interpretation centre and a fascinating walk across the weir.