Dights Falls is one of only two easy crossing places of the lower reaches of the Yarra River.
It was a favoured camping ground of the Yallock bullock clan of the Woi wurrung. It was also a meeting place for many clans where they would trade together, settle disputes and exchange brides.(Mel. ref 2D B5 to D5)
On a hill above the falls is an historic marker commemorating the "first white men to discover the river Yarra reaching Yarra Falls on 8th February, 1803.
Also to make the first crossing near here with the cattle by the first overlanders John Gardner, Joseph Hawdon and John Hepburn in December 1836". (Melways ref. 2D C6)
Dights Falls located downstream of the junction of the Yarra River with Merri Creek, as the river narrows and is constricted between 800,000 year old volcanic, basaltic lava flow and a much older steep, silurian, sedimentary spur. The north side also contains abundant graptolite fossils in sedimentary sandstone.
Situated by the Yarra River in Collingwood is the industrial relic known locally as "Dight's Mill", one of Melbourne's oldest and most significant industrial sites. In the early 1840's John Dight established Melbourne's first water-powered flour mill on the site. In 1888 'Yarra Falls Roller Mills' built a water-turbine powered mill, which was the largest and most sophisticated of the thirty two water powered mills built in Victoria before 1900.
❊ Address & Contact ❊
⊜ Dights Falls Park Collingwood | Map
❊ Web Links ❊
→ Dights Falls
→ Dights Falls | $1 million boost (1996)
→ Nice photo of Dights Falls
→ Bike Ride - Merri Creek to Dights Falls to Melbourne City
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