The weir is 5.8 metres high and is fitted with 13 vertical lift gates, a pump station, and a storage capacity of 10,000 megalitres.
A cairn commemorates the crossing of the river by Thomas Mitchell in 1846. We found it amongst some landscaped gardens adjacent to the weir. A plaque also denotes the spot where Mitchell camped, naming this natural crossing point St George Bridge, as it was discovered on St. Georges Day.
The Andrew Nixon Bridge, completed in 1953, runs across the top.
We had another look, as this time was after the massive floods they had, when some of St. George was flooded. It certainly was amazing at how high the water got, way above the top of the weir, and the Bushes and Trees, how they had been moved by the incredible force of water!
Not far away from the 1st Mural, is the History of Cotton Mural.
This one was sponsored by the St George Cotton Growers Association, and is another large Mural.
The Mural depicts the history of the local cotton industry. It shows the Cotton growing in the paddocks, and the Cotton Harvester reaping the Cotton. The Jack Taylor weir is also in the Mural, as water is important in the cotton industry.
Cnr Balonne & Victoria Street, St George Qld 4487
If you picked up your free map from the information centre on points of interest in the town, you would have noticed the Murals.
History of Transport Mural is a large Mural [13metres long] painted on the side of the BP Service Station.
The scenes on the mural are titled "Racing the Storms". "Crossing the Balonne" and "To the Sales".
Scene 1......Is of the Yuleba to St George Cobb & Co. Coach racing a fierce storm.
Scene 2..... A bullock team crossing the Balonne.
Scene 3......A family heading into town for the sales
LOCATION.......BP Service Station,Cnr Victoria & Scott Street, St George
St. George Visitor Information centre had a good array of Australian gifts.
What I liked, was once again, I found gifts that I had not seen elsewhere. A different gift, and cheap, was cards with Waltzing Matilda written on them, and a nice painted Australian scene.
Lots of ideas for lightweight gifts for getting back home without paying excess baggage!