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Deniliquin’s Engineering Marvels - Lawson Syphon and Steven’s Weir  

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Pack a picnic basket and enjoy the open air and wonderful river country.

The building of the Lawson Syphon opened up areas to the west of Deniliquin for irrigation and allowed agriculture to expand dramatically.  You can view the syphon on both sides of the river, however you will need to obtain a key with a $10.00 refundable deposit from the Deniliquin Visitor Information Centre to visit the eastern (Finley Road) side.

The western side can be visited by taking the Lawson Syphon road for approx 3 kilometres then turning left onto a dirt road following the canal which will be on your left as you drive along.  You will cross a narrow one-lane bridge over Aljoes Creek where a second syphon takes the canal under the creek. Follow the road all the way to the river then look across the river to see the Syphon structure on the Finley Road side.  Coming back you will see where the canal appears. Walk up onto the canal bank and see the water suddenly coming up from the two large pipes, take a moment to look at the memorial for the lost workers and 50th anniversary then follow the canal to where it disappears again.

Back in your car head back to the Cobb Highway and turn right heading towards Wakool.  Approx 15 kilometres turn right onto Calimo Road to Stevens Weir approx 10kms. The weir was built in 1938 and was considered the most important structure for Deniliquin and District as not only did it guarantee a permanent water supply for the town, as well as Barham and Wakool, it enabled the air school to be established during World War  II,  a prisoner of war camp at Wakool and the establishment of the rice industry.  You will pass through farm land, forest and Greg Graham Reserve crossing the Yallakool Creek with its regulator and fish ladder. Turning right at the turnoff to the weir you will follow the Yallakool Creek, cross the Collingen Creek finally coming to the picnic area at the Weir. The newly completed fish ladder is seen on the opposite side.
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