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Recreation

Supporting an active community

Recreational facilities

We have facilities in diverse and environmentally significant locations across central Gippsland. Where possible we provide public access for groups, families and individuals to visit and enjoy these unique environments.

Areas surrounding water storages can provide opportunities for bushwalking, barbeques, swimming, boating and fishing. Our treatment lagoons provide a safe habitat for a wide variety of water birds.

Moondarra Reservoir

Moondarra Reservoir is our largest catchment and storage reservoir.

We maintain access to parts of our land at Moondarra Reservoir for bushwalking, walking or jogging and picnics. Facilities include barbecues, picnic tables, toilets and lookout areas. These are great areas to enjoy a range of individual or family activities.

North of the dam spillway is the start of the Wirilda walking track, a 14km bushwalk which generally follows the Tyers River to our pumping station at the Wirilda Environmental Park.

Shared water, shared facilities

We share water from major reservoirs operated by Southern Rural Water and contribute to support the public use of recreational facilities at these reservoirs.

Each of these reservoirs offers a unique recreation experience, from water skiing and sailing on the open water of Lake Glenmaggie to the smaller and quieter waters of Cowwarr Weir best suited to kayaking and canoeing.

Plan your visit and find out more about the facilities managed by Southern Rural Water:

  • Cowwarr Weir – facilities cater for kayaking, fishing, swimming, picnicking
  • Lake Glenmaggie - facilities cater for kayaking, fishing, swimming, picnicking, caravan sites, sailing, boating
  • Blue Rock Lake - facilities cater for kayaking, fishing, swimming, picnicking, boating, sailing

Birdwatching

Our storages and settlement ponds at our treatment plants attract a rich variety of birdlife. By special arrangement we can organise for groups to observe the birdlife or participate in bird counting surveys. We are also considering permanent and accessible bird hides at some sites. Enquire about accessing our sites.

Community partners

Our support for an active community involves collaboration on projects aimed at increasing or protecting recreational activity and enjoyment. Recent projects have included:

  • Working with the Friends of Tyers Park who maintain the Wirilda Walking Track.
  • Maintaining road access to Tyers pump station, through Wirilda Wilderness Park that benefits both us and park visitors. We also maintain a number of roads in Tyers State Park that benefit park users.
  • Collaborating with Southern Rural Water, Tanjil Landcare Group, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, graziers and Baw Baw Shire Council to protect Blue Rock Lake from pollutants by planting a gully with native shrubs and grasses to manage pollution for both recreational use in the storage and protect water quality.
  • Collaborating with the Tanjil Landcare Group who built and maintain the Blue Rock Walking track around Blue Rock Reservoir. We have donated plants to complement their work on the popular track.
  • Facilitating water bird surveys by Field and Game at our land adjacent to the State Game Reserve and lakes at Dutson.

About us

Gippsland Water supplies fresh clean drinking water to more than 70,000 customers, and wastewater services to more than 63,000 customers across an area of more than 5,000 square kilometres. It maintains a $1 billion infrastructure network, which includes more than 2,000 kilometres of water mains, 15 water treatment plants, over 1,700 kilometres of sewer mains and 14 wastewater treatment plants.

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Contact us

55 Hazelwood Road, Traralgon, VIC, 3844

Phone: 1800 050 500

Fax: (03) 5174 0103

Interpreter service: 1313 450


TTY: 1800 555 677

Email: contactus@gippswater.com.au