The 68,600-acre Lake Eildon National Park is situated nearly 110km northeast of Melbourne CBD in the Central Highlands region of Victoria. This area used to be the traditional homeland of the Taungurung people before the European invasion.
The construction of the original Sugarloaf reservoir began in 1915 and was completed by 1929 to provide irrigation water to farmers in the Goulburn Valley. The dam was situated on the Goulburn River below the junction of Delatite River. In 1929 and 1935 it was modified to increase the storage capacity. To satisfy the increasing demand for water for irrigation especially during drought years, a feasibility study was undertaken. It was decided to expand and build a larger dam at the site
In 1955 the wall was extended flooding Goulburn and Delatite Rivers to create Lake Eildon. Around 6,600 acres of land that was not flooded was declared Fraser National Park in 1957. To protect the Lake Eildon catchment from being polluted, Government reserved 59,000 acres of nearby state forest as Eildon State Park. In 1997, Fraser National Park and Eildon State Park were combined to create Lake Eildon National Park. Lake Eildon has a shoreline of 515km and holds over 3,000,000 megalitres of water that is six times the amount of water in Sydney Harbour. The Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District is considered as the largest area of irrigated farmland in Australia.
Lake Eildon National Park offers variety of entertainment for the visitors. Visitors can engage in cycling, boating, bushwalking, fishing, picnicking or even water skiing. This remains a haven for birdwatching and to see the wildlife. The park is home to a variety of wildlife including, Koalas, kangaroos, echidnas and wombats. The flora here is as vivid as its fauna.
Location: Lakeside Rd, Devils River VIC 3714
Fraser camping area is located 17km east of Alexandra and Jerusalem Creek camping area is 10km east of the Eildon
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The following information is from Parks Victoria brochure, presented in an easy-to-understand format.
Things to see and do
Picnic Areas – Forsyth Flat, Herb Fitzroy Day Visitor Areas.
Facilities: shelters with free gas barbecues, picnic tables.
No Rubbish Bins provided. Take your rubbish home
Cycling permitted on roads, walking and cycling tracks but not permitted on walking tracks. Coller Bay Walking and cycling track links three campgrounds.
There are walking tracks suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Most walks are of moderate to steep grade and includes variety of forest types and includes remains from gold mining area.
For the walks below, estimated times do not include breaks.
Perfect Cure Creek Nature Trail – Grade 2 – 1.5km, 1 hour circuit
Candlebark Nature Trail – Grade 3 – 2km, 1 hour circuit
These short walks are for enjoying natural features and mining history of the park and to watch flora and fauna.
Coller Bay Walking and Cycling Track – Grade 2
3.5km, 45 mins one way
This shared-use track follows the lake edge, connecting all camping and day visitor areas from Devil Cove to Lakeside.
Wallaby Bay Walk – Grade 3
Cook Point – 2.5km, 40 mins one way
School Point – 7km, 2 hours one way
Begins at Wallaby Bay car park and follows the lake shore to Cook and School Points. Stop at one of the points for a swim, before returning the same way. Take a short detour from the car park to the Merlo Lookout for stunning views across the turquoise waters of Coller Bay.
Estate Spur and Bolte Bay Tracks – Grade 4
Point Mibus or Lakeside – 3 km, 1 hour one way
Bedrock Creek – 2.2 km, 45 mins one way
From the park office, climbs steeply to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Estate Spur, the track is open and undulating, offering expansive views before descending to Poin Mibus or Lakeside. For a slightly longer walk, turn right and then left down the well-shaded track which descends to Bedrock Creek, and follow the Bolte Bay Track to Point Mibus. Return along the lakeshore to Point Mead and the Lakeside Camping Area.
Keg Spur and Blowhard Spur Tracks – Grade 4
Perfect Cure to High Camp – 1.5km, 30 mins one way
Perfect Cure to Cook Point– 5km, 1.5 hours one way
Perfect Cure to School Point – 4.6km, 2 hours one way
High Camp to Blowhard Summit – 1.7km, 45 mins one way
Blowhard Summit to Merlo Lookout – 1km, 30 mins one way
This is a challenging walk, with sections of track steep and slippery, suitable for people with some bushwalking experience. Walkers needs to be self-reliant with sufficient water, first aid kit and be prepared for challenging weather conditions.
Pinnacle Walking Track – Grade 4
10km, 4 hours return
From the southern end of the Jerusalem Creek Campground, this track leads up to The Pinnacle for views across the lake. There are some short steep sections, and the track can be slippery in wet weather. Some bushwalking experience is recommended. Important to be self-reliant. A topographic map and compass or GPS are recommended.
There are many areas suitable for swimming along the park
Boating and water sports
The national park is popular for boating, paddling and water skiing. Boats can be hired from local operators. Recreational Boating Safety Handbook which can be found at www.transportsafety.vic.gov.au.
There are many great fishing spots available. Fishing requires a Victorian fishing licence, which can be purchased from many local outlets and online from www.vfa.vic.gov.au.
Car and boat-based camping opportunities available. Camp sites are unpowered. The Fraser camping area can accommodate tents and some caravans and campervans.
Fraser camping area – Lakeside, Candlebark and Devil Cove
All three campgrounds in the Fraser complex offer flushing toilets, hot showers, drinking water, free gas barbecues, shelters and picnic areas, with wheel-chair accessible toilets and showers at Candlebark and Devil Cove. Camping fees apply throughout the year. Bookings are required and can be made at www.parks.vic.gov.au/stay.
Lakeside is a beautiful campground on the edge of Lake Eildon, providing panoramic views of Coller Bay. It is a great spot for motorised boating and watersports enthusiasts. There is a boat ramp below the campground offering access to the lake year-round. Candlebark is a large campground with camp sites close to the edge of the lake surrounded by woodland. It is an excellent base for walking and for non-motorised water-based activities like canoeing, paddle-boarding and swimming.
The Devil Cove camping ground can accommodate tents and some caravans and campervans. There is no boat ramp, making it best suited for walkers and nature lovers looking to relax. Wake up to the sights and sounds of native birds and grazing kangaroos.
Jerusalem Creek camping area
Jerusalem Creek has eight camping areas. Fireplaces and pit toilets are provided. Bring your own drinking water and firewood. Dogs are permitted at this camping area but must be kept on a lead. Camping fees apply. Bookings are required and can be made at www.parks.vic.gov.au/stay.
Launch a boat or canoe in Jerusalem Inlet and discover picturesque coves, unexplored swimming holes and the submerged township of Darlingford. Walk up to the Pinnacle or walk or drive to Foggs Lookout for beautiful views across Lake Eildon.
Self-sufficient campers can relax and fish at the remote and secluded Taylors Creek, Mountaineer Creek and Coopers Point campgrounds, which can only be accessed by boat or on foot. No bookings or fees apply. Composting toilets are provided at all three campsites. Fireplaces are provided at Taylors Creek and Mountaineer Creek. Bring your own drinking water and firewood.
Restrictions at the park
- All plants, animals, other natural features and cultural sites are protected and must not be disturbed or removed.
- There is no rubbish collection in the park, please take all your rubbish home with you for recycling and disposal.
- Dogs and other pets are not permitted in the park, except at the Jerusalem Creek Campgrounds where dogs are permitted but must be on a lead at all times.
- Firewood collection is not permitted in the park. Please bring your own firewood or barbecue coals.
- Fires must only be lit in the fireplaces provided that:
- It is not a day of Total Fire Ban.
- Never leave the fire unattended. An adult must supervise at all times.
- Put the fire out with water, not soil. Make sure you have at least 10 litres of water available for immediate use.
- If the campfire is cool to touch, it is safe to leave.
- Feeding wildlife is bad for its health. It is an offence to feed or leave food where it is accessible to wildlife. Penalties apply.
- Please abide by speed limits within the park, drive safely and watch for wildlife.
- No vehicles, including bicycles, are permitted on walking tracks, except for the Coller Bay Walking and Cycling Track.
- Seasonal road closures apply in the park. Please comply with local signage.
- Loud noise can disturb wildlife. Please respect the local wildlife and your fellow campers and keep noise to a minimum.
- Firearms are only permitted in designated areas of the park from the first Saturday after Easter to 30 November for hunting Sambar deer by people who hold a current Game Licence for Deer and a current Firearms Licence. At other times and in other areas of the park, firearms are not permitted. Refer to the Lake Eildon National Park – Deer Hunting factsheet for further information. In an emergency call Triple Zero (000) for fire, police and ambulance.
If there is a green emergency marker sign near you, read the information on the marker to the operator. Phone signals are unreliable in the park. Campers at remote sites and walkers on longer hikes should consider carrying a radio or personal locator beacon.
Take care when swimming, boating or paddling – deep holes, submerged objects, and currents may not be obvious. Supervise children at all times in or near water.
Lake Eildon National Park is in the North Central fire district. Bushfire safety is a personal responsibility. Anyone entering parks and forests during the bushfire season needs to stay aware of forecast weather conditions. Check the Fire Danger Rating and for days of Total Fire Ban in the ‘Prepare and Get Ready’ tab at www.emergency.vic.gov.au, on the VicEmergency smartphone app or call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.
No fires may be lit on Total Fire Ban days. On Code Red Fire Danger Rating days this park will be closed for public safety. Closure signs will be erected but do not expect an official warning. Check the latest conditions at www.parks.vic.gov.au or by calling 13 1963.