Bostock reservoir and Ballan Mineral Spring

176 Inglis St, Ballan

Bostock reservoir and Ballan Mineral Spring

176 Inglis St, Ballan

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58 m
3.91 km
Easy

Walk from the Police Station in Ballan's main street to Ballan Mineral Spring and Bostock Reservoir

Bostock reservoir and Ballan Mineral Spring

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Summary

Walk from the Police Station in Ballan's main street to Ballan Mineral Spring and Bostock Reservoir

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Walk along tarred then gravel roads seemingly in the middle of nowhere to Ballan Mineral Spring and then not far further is Bostock Reservoir.

Bostock is a storage reservoir formed by an earth and rockfill dam constructed across the Eastern Moorabool just below its junction with Paddock Creek. The holding capacity of the reservoir is 7,640 megalitres. The reservoir is connected to the remainder of the Eastern Moorabool system by an open channel 9 km in length. The Ballan channel has been constructed across country and runs generally in a southerly direction for a distance of 37 km, passing through the Parishes of Moorabool West, Gorong, Yaloak, Bungeeltap, Ballark and Beremboke. The water from the Eastern Moorabool River - after being raised in elevation by the Bolwarrah Weir - enters this channel and flows out of the catchment area in which it was collected across country and into the main storages which are situated in the catchment area of the Little River in the Brisbane Ranges. The Ballan Channel is capable of transmitting 65 megalitres of water per day. The water transmitted by the channels is discharged into the storages at Stony Creek. The official opening of the Bostock Reservoir was by the Hon. Clive Phillip Stoneham, M.L.A. (Minster of Water Supply) at Ballan, Victoria on December 15th, 1954. Bostock Reservoir is not just an excellent area for fishing, but also on the list of locations in Victoria for "Dark Skies Victoria", a group of amateur astronomers who are interested in locating the very best dark skies for astronomical observations in Victoria! So looks like a couple of areas within the location of Bostock are perfect!
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Points of Interest

1. View across the paddocks

View across the paddocks

2. Gravel road on the way to Bostock Reservoir

Gravel road on the way to Bostock Reservoir

3. Ballan Mineral Springs

Signpost to Ballan Mineral Springs

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4. Ballan Mineral Spring

Tap to obtain water from Ballan Mineral Spring

5. View up the creek to Ballan Mineral Spring

View up the creek to Ballan Mineral Spring

6. Gate to Bostock Reservoir

Gate to Bostock Reservoir

7. Forest around Bostock Reservoir

Forest around Bostock Reservoir

8. Water measuring gauges

Water measuring gauges show the water is low at Bostock Reservoir

9. Bostock Reservoir Picnic Ground

Bostock Reservoir Picnic Ground


Features

Picnic Spot Picnic Spot
Drinking Water available Drinking Water available
Seating Available Seating Available
Public toilets Public toilets
Lake, creek, river Lake, creek, river