Government Dam

The Government Dam is on Bullfinch Road adjacent to the turn off to Hunts Soak.

The discovery of gold in 1887 set off a chain reaction which, in the space of two years, placed the Public Works Department under extreme pressure to provide even the most basic water supplies to the area.

Hunts Soaks did not provide enough water for the ever-expanding population. A strong water supply was also required for the eastern railway and locomotives.

Government Dam was constructed in a rock out crop with natural catchment to provide the much-needed basic water supply. As well as being used by the railway, the dam  supplemented water for stock, horses and men during the boom years.

It still contains water today.


Bullfinch Road, Southern Cross 6426