For those who won’t be in Halls Gap over the weekend and are looking for something to do:
Dights Falls – Abbotsford.
Parking is in a carpark off Trenerry Cres.
A naturally occurring rock falls just below the junction of the Yarra River and Merri Creek, Dights Falls refers to John Dight who, with his brother Charles, built the Ceres flour mill, completed in 1841. The mill was powered by water from a weir above the Falls constructed to manage the highly variable river flow.
For most of the 20th century, Dights Falls was relatively inaccessible to the general public. The completion of the Eastern Freeway in 1972 involved changes to the course of the Yarra which destroyed the Deep Rock Basin and transformed the area.
In the 1990s significant enhancements included the construction of a Koorie Garden; restoration of the bluestone mill race, parts of the mill and landscape restoration around the mill site; the addition of a fish ladder to allow native fish to travel upstream to spawn; and improved public access.
In the early 21st century, canoeists ride the rapids, cyclists and pedestrians use the flood-prone Trail, and ‘urban adventurers’ explore the nearby drains.
I think it will work better in the morning than the afternoon so it’ll be a 9am kickoff.