Horseshoe Bend V02

Jennifer Craker

Rupanyup, Australia

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The Wimmera River rises in the Pyranees Ranges near Ararat, flows through Horsham and Dimboola and eventually drains into Lake Hindmarsh, a short distance beyond Jeparit. It is the longest land-locked river in Victoria.

The River lies between the town and the Little Desert. In high rainfall years river flow can be large with occasional floods. During times of low rainfall, the weir retains water near the town while elsewhere the river becomes a series of pools.

The Wimmera River forms a vital link between several different wildlife habitats, such as the Little Desert and the Big Desert.

There are several areas along the river where red gum and black box woodlands support an understorey of native species that have disappeared from other cleared areas. The variety of birds, plants and animals is extensive beside the river.

You can fish in wetter seasons for Murray Cod, Freshwater Catfish, Golden Perch, Redfin, Tench and European Carp.

Sadly, the Wimmera River suffers from salinity, weed and reed infestations, eutrophication and massively reduced flow. Much of the river and its tributaries are considered to be in marginal to very poor condition.

A good 6-km gravel road leads south from Dimboola along the Wimmera River to the shady and attractive campgrounds of Horseshoe Bend and Ackle Bend at the eastern tip of the park .

There is a network of walking tracks with heavy concentrations of waterbirds and kangaroos by the river and adjacent woodlands.

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