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Moorabool River
The Moorabool River, between Steiglitz and Meredith
Country Australia
State Victoria
City Geelong
Physical characteristics
Main source Moorabool Reservoir, near Ballarat
37°30′33″S 144°5′0″E / 37.50917°S 144.08333°E / -37.50917; 144.08333
River mouth confluence with Barwon River at Fyansford
38°8′39″S 144°18′54″E / 38.14417°S 144.31500°E / -38.14417; 144.31500
Basin features
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    Lal Lal Creek

The Moorabool River is a river in Victoria, Australia that runs past several small towns and areas such as Meredith, Anakie, and Staughton Vale (north-west of Geelong). The river joins with the Barwon River at Fyansford.


Bluestone bridge on Yendon Egerton Road
Bluestone bridge over the Moorabool on Yendon-Egerton Road
MooraboolRiver BatesfordVictoria
The Moorabool River, at Batesford, 1882
Fyansford Geelong1908
Bridge at Fyansford, 1908

The river features several historic bridges, many built in colonial bluestone.

Batesford Bridge

Batesford was originally the site of a ford over the Moorabool River.

The first bridge at Batesford was built by the Corio and Bannockburn shire councils in 1846. Provided with a tollgate, the wooden bridge was located upstream from the ford, and collapsed in 1847. It was again rebuilt in wood in 1848, and was damaged by flood in 1852 and later repaired. A bluestone bridge was built in 1859, which still exists today as a service road. The current concrete bridge of the Midland Highway was built in 1972 on a new alignment.

Fyansford Bridge

The first river crossing at Fyansford was again a ford.

The first wooden bridge was built downriver from the ford by the Shire of Corio and Shire of Bannockburn in 1854, and was tolled until 1877. It was in poor condition by 1898, with load restrictions being put into place. A new bridge was built nearby in 1900 by John Monash and J. T. N. Anderson, the three arch bridge being the largest Monier reinforced concrete bridge in world at the time.

In 1970 a new bridge was built on the site of the old wooden bridge to cater for heavier traffic on the Hamilton Highway, the 1900 bridge retained for pedestrians.

Geelong Ring Road

Work on the Geelong Ring Road bridge commenced in late 2006. Costing $15.5 million, it carries four lanes of traffic and is the largest bridge on the road featuring 70 beams and 12 piers. The final span was installed on March 6, 2008. It has since been named the Lewis Bandt Bridge.

Moorabool Viaduct

The 440-metre (1,440 ft) long bluestone and iron Moorabool Viaduct was opened in 1862 to carry the Geelong-Ballarat railway over the river valley. It remains in use today, having been reinforced with extra steel piers in 1918, to a design of Victorian Railways engineer Frederick Esling.

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