Recreational areas

Many of our drinking water reserves are also great locations for sightseeing and recreation. While most of our facilities are closed for operational and safety reasons, we provide access to some reservoirs, for walking, fishing, bird watching, mountain biking, sightseeing and picnicking.

To maintain the health and water quality of our catchments and reservoirs, water sports, including swimming, boating, canoeing and kayaking are not permitted at any of our sites.

Fishing is allowed within designated sections of certain sites.

West Barwon Reservoir

Located in the Otway Ranges National Park, the West Barwon Reservoir is both one of Geelong’s most important water sources, and one of our most picturesque sites. It is very popular with mountain bike riders.

Activities

  • Bushwalking
  • Mountain biking
  • Fishing (from the bank)
  • Birdwatching

Facilities

  • Parking (asphalt, including space for buses)
  • Two free undercover electric barbeques
  • Designated mountain bike trails
  • Picnic tables
  • Public toilets

Things to note

  • Beware of snakes and European wasps which are often active in warmer months.

Getting there

The entrance to the reservoir is on the Forrest-Apollo Bay Road, south of Forrest.

Wurdee Boluc Reservoir

The impressive Wurdee Boluc Reservoir is Geelong’s largest surface water storage. It’s a popular spot for recreational fishing, and is home to a large population of kangaroos.

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing (from a designated section of the reservoir)

Facilities

  • Carpark (gravel with space for a bus)
  • Small picnic area with tables
  • Public toilet

Things to note

  • While the reservoir is surrounded by a gravel path, only a designated section is open to the public.
  • Please take your rubbish home as there are no bins on site.

Getting there

The reservoir is about 37 kilometres from Geelong, on the Cape Otway Road south of Winchelsea.

Wurdee Boluc Reservoir’s visitor amenities (PDF, 104.2 KB)

Painkalac Reservoir

Painkalac Reservoir, north of Moggs Creek, once supplied water to the nearby townships of Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven. With these towns now connected to the greater Geelong water supply network, the reservoir is now open to the public, and is a picturesque setting for a range of activities.

Activities

  • Bushwalking
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain bike riding
  • Bird watching
  • Fishing

Facilities

  • Picnic tables
  • Interpretive signage

Getting there

Access is by foot, from the Distillery Creek picnic area off Bambra Road. Take Moggs Creek - Distillery Creek Track, and then the Dam Walk. The trek is approximately three kilometres and takes around 45 minutes, each way.

Things to note

  • Beware of snakes, particularly in warmer months.
  • Please take your rubbish home as there are no bins on site.
  • As the access route is via the Great Otway National Park, dogs are not permitted.

Bostock Reservoir

Bostock is a storage reservoir, constructed across the Eastern Moorabool River, just below its junction with Paddock Creek; and the Stony Creek Reservoirs. It is also popular evening location for amateur astronomers.

Activities

  • Bushwalking
  • Mountain biking
  • Fishing

Facilities

  • Carpark
  • Picnic areas
  • Public toilets
  • Playground

Getting there

The entrance to the reservoir reserve is off Shaws Road in Ballan.

Bolwarra Weir

The tranquil Bolwarra Weir, located about 7.5 kilometres north of Ballan, is a lovely location for picnicking and bird watching.

Activities

Fishing is permitted from the bank, however, not along the weir wall.

Facilities

Picnic tables are available.

Getting there

Entry to the weir is via Dehnerts Road, north of Ballan.

Upper Stony Creek reservoirs

The three Upper Stony Creek reservoirs are about 40 kilometres from Geelong on the Geelong-Ballan Road, north of Anakie. The reservoirs also include a number of heritage-listed buildings, including the former caretaker’s residence, timber workers hut and water outlet towers.

Stony Creek Reservoir No 1 (east of Geelong Ballan Road) is a popular spot for recreational anglers.

Activities

  • Bushwalking
  • Birdwatching
  • Picnicking
  • Fishing (Upper Stony Reservoir No 1 only)

Facilities

  • Wood barbecues (please bring your own firewood)
  • Picnic shelter
  • Public toilets

Getting there

Vehicle access to the picnic area is available from Geelong-Ballan Road.

Recreational fishing

Many of our reservoirs support healthy populations of fish. Fishing is permitted within designated sections of:

  • West Barwon Reservoir
  • Wurdee Boluc Reservoir
  • Bostock Reservoir
  • Upper Stony Creek Reservoir No 1
  • Painkalac Reservoir
  • Bolwarra Weir.

To ensure our catchments remain safe and clean, please observe these simple rules when fishing at our sites:

  • No boats.
  • Fish from the shore only (no wading).
  • No cleaning of fish on site.
  • No berleying, ground baiting, or digging for bait.
  • Don’t litter. Please use the bins provided or take your rubbish home.
  • Recreational fishing licence required. Fisheries officers regularly check our reservoirs for illegal fishing.