Sanatorium Lake is situated at Mount Macedon Regional Park, around 65km North West of Melbourne CBD. Sanatorium lake was built around 1899 to supply water to the Tuberculosis Sanatorium, which was situated on a five-acre property in the hills on the Mounts on the Towrong side of the Willimigongong Creek.
There was much opposition to the Sanatorium as many residents of Macedon Ranges thought it inadvisable to build a place for consumptives in a fashionable health resort like Mount Macedon. The lake was built to supply water to a new larger sanatorium which was never built due to opposition and lack of funds.
The Sanatorium had a short history, closing on 18th March 1910. Today the lake provides ideal habitat for variety of wildlife.
The Sanatorium Lake Walking Trail
The walk is approximately 2.6km long and passes through several vegetation communities including all Eucalypt forests and wet fern gullies. It is an ideal space for family stroll, with many natural wonders to see along the way.
Dogs must be on leash all time.
All plants, animals and other natural features are protected and should not be disturbed or removed.
Fires are permitted only on fireplaces provided and not on total fire ban day.
Bicycles and horses are not allowed on walking tracks.
No camping and no fishing and yabbying.
Swimming is not permitted due to submerged snags.
Sanatorium Lake Eco Tourism Trail
Distance: 2.6km Time: 1hour Grade2 – Easy
Access and parking available at Days Picnic Ground, Lions Head Road carpark and Sanatorium Lake Picnic Ground
Sanatorium Picnic Ground to Camels Hump Summit via Days Picnic Ground
Distance:3.1km Time: 1.5hours Grade3 – Easy to Moderate
The Summit of Camels Hump is the highest point of Macedon Ranges at 1011 metres above sea level.
These walking trails joins with Macedon Ranges Walking trail which 29km in length and incorporates Mount Macedon’s other attractions including Memorial Cross and Camels Hump.
Location: Lions Head Rd, Mount Macedon VIC 3441, Australia
Grade 2 means no bushwalking experience required. A hardened or compact surface. May have gentle hill sections or occasional steps.
Grade 3 is suitable for most people with moderate level of fitness. Some bushwalking experience required. Track may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface, some rock hopping, and many steps.