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Cairn Curran Weir

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Cairn Curran Road, Baringhup, Victoria 3463

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  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Undercover area
  • Picnic tables
  • Electric BBQs
  • Toilets
  • Water taps
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.

Things to do at Cairn Curran

Cairn Curran is a popular spot for a wide range of recreational activities, including:
  • Picnicking
  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Swimming
This section of the reservoir lies alongside Goulburn-Murray Water's office and the access gates for the area close at 4.30pm.

Visitor facilities at Cairn Curran Weir

A toilet block and undercover area with picnic tables stand among the trees. Barbecues are not located in this undercover area, but stand separately with their own tables.

Walking at Cairn Curran Weir

Take a walk along the impressive weir and overlook the spillway into the Loddon River below. From the middle of the weir you can make your way down a set of stairs to the Loddon River to stand alongside the gorgeous rock formations and cascade of water (in dry parts of the year water may not be flowing).

This spillway is also accessible via a short, enjoyable walk along the Loddon River.

Camping at Cairn Curran

Camping is not permitted at the Cairn Curran Reservoir. You can find excellent camping and barbecue facilities just a moment's drive down the road at the Cairn Curran Reservoir recreation area.

Fishing in Cairn Curran Reservoir

Fishing is one of the most important and 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)


  • 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!


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