Dight’s Falls is a high use recreation area. It is also the point where Merri Creek meets the Yarra River and continues to flow out into Port Phillip Bay.
This area has an historical weir (see pictures), built in the late 19th century, as a part of the Dight’s Falls Flour Mill.
However this weir has created a barrier for some indigenous fish species, such as the Common Jollytail (Galaxia maculatus) which swim downstream in autumn to the estuary, where the Yarra River meets the ocean. There it spawns on the fringing vegetation, then in spring these fish travel back upstream. Therefore a fish ladder was created to aid their journey (see picture on the right).
Not all of the action is happening in the water...
This site is used by geologists as a teaching tool, due to it being easily accessible and it has a number of different geological and geomorphological features that form the basis for an informative and challenging geological excursion. To find out more about the geology of this site click here.
Silurian rocks showing depositional and tectonic features.