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Cairn Curran Reservoir

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Cairn Curran Road, Baringhup, Victoria 3463

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  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Boat ramp
  • Walking
  • Undercover area
  • Free electric barbecues
  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets
  • Water taps and sinks
  • Trees and rocks to climb
Cairn Curran is a gorgeous reservoir between Baringhup and Joyces Creek which features a range of fantastic visitor facilities and plenty of space for fishing, swimming, boating, walking and photography. 

Cairn Curran is a popular spot for a wide range of recreational activities, including:
  • Boating, both power and sail
  • Skiing
  • Wind surfing
  • Jet skiing
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Swimming

Picnics, barbecues and visitor facilities at Cairn Curran Reservoir

This section of the reservoir has fantastic picnic and visitor facilities, including the following: 
  • Multiple excellent modern electric barbecues, free to operate
  • Barbecues are undercover
  • Multiple picnic tables around the barbecues
  • Many more picnic tables scattered throughout the adjacent grassy areas
  • Toilet block with multiple stalls and wheelchair accessible stall
  • Water taps and sinks outside toilet block
The road leading into the area winds down around to a large gravel parking area alongside the barbecue area, and also brings you down to a boat ramp (with lighting for night time).

The road continues off to the left, following the edge of the reservoir for a while until reaching a second picnic area. This second picnic area offers picnic tables, boat ramp with lighting, and a toilet block.

Swimming at Cairn Curran Reservoir

Cairn Curran is a popular destination for swimming, with lots of great spots along the shore to set up for an afternoon in the water. 

There is also a designated boat-free area for swimming alongside a grassy picnic area.

Walking at Cairn Curran Reservoir

The road between the two picnic areas makes a nice walk, and offers lovely views over the water as well as various rocks and trees for children to climb.

Fishing in Cairn Curran Reservoir

Fishing is one of the most popular activities at Cairn Curran. Late spring and early summer are the best times to find Golden Perch, Brown Trout, Murray Cod and Redfin in the Reservoir's deep water. Try using yabbies as bait on a running sinker to catch Redfin. (source)


The Cairn Curran Reservoir is an enormous water catchment managed by Goulburn-Murray Water. The reservoir was constructed began in 1947 and was completed in 1956. There is a primary spillway and a secondary spillway located 2km south-west of the main structure that will spill before the embankment is overtopped. Cairn Curran Reservoir was constructed to supply water for irrigation, domestic and stock use to customers along the Loddon River.

Attractions nearby

There are lots of great attractions to explore close to the Cairn Curran Reservoir! These include: 


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  • There are hundreds of fantastic barbecue areas throughout the Victorian Goldfields. Some are in parks/playgrounds, others are scattered throughout the bush. Many barbecue areas are located alongside amazing attractions and walks, so go out for a barbecue and get exploring!
  • There are heaps of fantastic swimming spots throughout the Victorian Goldfields, including the Loddon River, Cairn Curran Reservoir, Laanecoorie, Turpins Falls, and many more!
  • Kids love to climb! There are plenty of places throughout the Goldfields with great trees, rocks, fallen logs and more for kids to climb up, around and over.


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