From the headwaters down to where it joins with the Barwon River, the Moorabool River tells us if Country is well. Look to the sky, look for Bunjil, where the eagles fly we know the river is healthy.
The Moorabool River is on the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung people who have had an ongoing connection with the river for thousands of years. Moorabool means ‘monster’ in the language of the Wadawurrung. It’s the local name of the Stone Curlew, a bird who lives by the river. Of a night time the Stone Curlew is renowned for its eerie high pitched wailing. The parents in the Wadawurrung communities would use the Stone Curlew’s frightening call to warn their children away from the river, “Moorabool, Moorabool (Monster Monster)” they would tell the children to make sure they didn’t stray close to the dangers of the river in the dark.
Whether you're interested in a picnic with family and friends, learning about its’ cultural significance, visiting stunning waterfalls, going for a walk or fishing in one of the tranquil water holes, the Moorabool has it all!
The Corangamite CMA is supporting projects that deliver on ground works to protect and enhance the Moorabool River to improve the overall health of the system. To find out more check out the Corangamite CMA website
Water for the environment is an important part of this process. The system has been highly modified for human use and water for the environment provides additional water by mimicking natural flows throughout the year. Check out this great video to see more