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Lock 11 & Mildura Weir

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Published March 6th 2022
The only weir and lock separated by an island
Lock 11 & Mildura Weir
Entrance to Lock 11 & Mildura Weir


Fascinated by the weirs and locks in South Australia, we decided to pay Lock 11 and Mildura Weir a visit while stopping over at this vibrant regional city recently. A series of fourteen weirs and locks have been established along the River Murray to regulate its water level and river flow.

Lock 11
Lock 11


Completed in 1927, the construction of Lock 11 and Mildura Weir took a total of four years. An island was formed separating the lock from the weir. This is the only weir and lock of its kind on the river.

Lock 11
Crossing the lock


If you happen to be there at the right time, you might just see a paddle steamer pass through the lock. Unfortunately, we weren't so lucky that particular day.

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The island separating lock and weir


Members of the public are allowed to cross the lock to visit the island at any time during the day and that was exactly what we did! A short walk will lead you to the weir. However, for those who prefer not to foot it, you can catch a glimpse of the weir from the main road.

The island separating lock and weir
The island separating lock and weir


Also on display near the lock is an old capstan. Any idea what this was used for? Well, operated by hand, the capstan opened and closed lock gates in the mid-1900s!

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Walking to the weir


Entrance to Lock 11 and Mildura Weir is via Hugh King Drive. There's plenty of parking as well as a toilet onsite for your convenience. Do visit next time you're in Mildura.

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Glimpse of weir from road

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Why? The only weir and lock separated by an island
When: During the day
Where: Hugh King Drive, Mildura
Cost: Free
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How unique
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|5083) 158 days ago
Interesting article Audrey. When we were in Mildura in the 1980s we went on a paddle steamer trip and passed through the lock both ways. It was a fascinating experience to see the lock working from aboard the steamer.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4259) 157 days ago
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