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Joyces Creek Mineral Spring Steps

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Pyrenees Highway, Joyces Creek VIC 3364

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  • Historic site of the Joyces Creek Mineral Spring
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Did you know that Joyces Creek once had its own mineral spring recreation area, developed with concrete steps, seating, a parking area and ornamental trees? 

Lost beneath the seasonal waters on the edge of Cairn Curran Reservoir for more than half a century, the site has only recently been rediscovered.

Rediscovery of the Joyces Creek Mineral Spring

Local Newstead resident, Chris Simmins, unearthed the site. 

There is a fantastic Facebook post in the Lost Baringhup Facebook group with photos and lots of information about the site's rediscovery, excavation and history.

Location of the Joyces Creek Mineral Spring

The concrete stairs of the mineral spring have been excavated, and are located along the bank of Joyces Creek. 

These steps can only be viewed when Cairn Curran's water levels are low. 

See the map above for exact location. 

If you look at the mineral spring area using Google Maps satellite view, you can see the altered colour of the water downstream from the springs, caused by the mineral water entering the creek.

History of the Joyces Creek Mineral Spring

The mineral spring at Joyce's Creek was developed by the Joyce's Creek Mineral Spring Committee. 

About 1937 the spring's immediate surrounds were concreted, seating provided and deciduous trees planted (source: Heritage Study of the Shire of Newstead)

The following article regarding the development of the springs was printed in The Argus, Thursday 19th March, 1936.
Trust Formed to Develop
NEWSTEAD, Wednesday.

A joint conference was held to-day at the site of the Joyce's Creek mineral springs, when representatives of the Borough of Maryborough and shires of Tullaroop and Newstead and Mount Alexander and other public bodies decided to form a trust to develop and open up the springs. 

Mr. Watson, analyst, advised that the springs be developed. The water contained solids and other ingredients rarely discovered in Australia. It was nearly up to the standard of the Hepburn and Daylesford springs, and he felt that had the sample taken been obtained at the natural outlet the results would surpass the standard shown in the analysis. 

The spring is three miles from Newstead and 15 miles from Maryborough, on the main road from Melbourne.



  • 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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