Torrumbarry Weir is a very pretty location within a bushland setting and a full range of facilities for visitors. The ride out is pleasant with great views across the surrounding lagoons. The weir and lock were reconstructed in 1996 after flood damage, creating a dam with a capacity of approximately 35,000 megalitres. It delivers irrigation water to about 120,000 hectares of surrounding farmland as well as water for the Kerang wetlands and tourist and recreation facilities in Echuca.
Narrow winding bitumen road with no shoulder that crosses a couple of small bridges through thick forest.
For a lot of the time, this road is very quiet, but the camping ground is very popular and during the holiday period there will be a bit of traffic.
Torrumbarry is 261 kilometers from Melbourne on the Calder Highway turning onto the Northern Highway (B75) at Kyneton. Follow it all the way to Echuca. From Echuca, it becomes the Murray Valley Highway (B400) and the turn off to the Torrumbarry Weir and the start of the ride is about 30 kilometers. VicRoads Map: 30 J2.
Food and Drink
You will be able to get food and drinks from the Torrumbarry Weir Holiday Park general store next to the weir. Water is available at the weir facilities.
If your bikes have suitable tires you can explore River Track, which crosses the road near the weir entrance gates.
The ride starts at the highway turn off, out in the middle of farmland. You will find there is an open area beside the creek to park your vehicle. The route commences along the narrow road that crosses the bridge over the creek. The overhanging trees provide an introduction of the swampy vegetated environment ahead. Just down the road is the turn off to Patho Cemetery.
It’s not far away so you might consider having a look. Continuing through pastureland the road suddenly comes into a scrubby forest that indicates you have come to the swampy land that surrounds the river. As you travel along you will ride beside the creek and then pass over the straight edged ‘National’ irrigation channel at Headworks Road, carrying massive amounts of water to the many dependant farms in the district.
After another short section of open farmland, the road plunges fully into the forest, where from time to time you will pass lagoons teeming with aquatic bird life, croaking frogs and the squeaking whirr of insects. This is a magical place and you could just stop, look and listen for hours. Approaching the weir around some fairly sharp bends through the forest, you will find the popular holiday park on your left and a picnic ground on the right, next to the river.
Passing through the gates of the weir, which are open from 9am to 4pm daily, you enter a well-manicured facility with an impressive modern information center. At the weir you can walk out over the dam wall and stand mesmerized as the water powers through the weir gates. While you are there, check out the fish ladders on the downstream side, which allow indigenous fish to swim upstream, whilst simultaneously capturing the European Carp that cause so much damage to our rivers.
Further out across the weir you can inspect the lock, or just gaze out over the tranquil lake surrounded by dense bush land. After riding out here you might consider staying at the holiday park and further exploring the tracks and walks that lie beside the Murray River.
- 0.0 The ride leaves the open area beside the Murray Valley Hwy heading down Torrumbarry Weir Rd.
- 1.9 Cross over Patho Cemetery Rd turn off to the cemetery.
- 3.0 Cross the National Irrigation Channel next to Headworks Rd.
- 5.1 Follow the made road to the right, heading into the bush.
- 6.3 Cross the narrow bridge taking care that no traffic is coming the other way.
- 7.3 The road curves sharply around to the left. Again The extensive control gates of the Torrumbarry Weir be aware of oncoming traffic.
- 8.0 Pass the right turn onto the River Track.
- 8.1 The entrance to the weir is on the right with the holiday park on your left.
- 8.4 The ride ends in the car park next to the visitor information center beside the weir.
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