Lake Eildon National Park

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Lake Eildon National Park

Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Taungurung Traditional Owners have to Lake Eildon National Park, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

Camp by Lake Eildon and enjoy a whole world of watersports in a spectacular setting. Go swimming, canoeing, waterskiing, sailing and fishing in the shadow of the Victorian Alps. Enjoy bushwalking or cycling along a network of trails. You'll share the picture-perfect surroundings with kangaroos, wombats and a huge variety of beautiful birds. The park is also an important home for a number of significant species including large forest owls (Powerful and Barking Owls), bats and the endangered Spotted Tree-frog and Brush-tailed Phascogale.

Take a day trip to Lake Eildon or stay overnight at one of the picturesque campgrounds. Choose from the well-equipped Devils Cove and Candlebark Campgrounds or the more basic Lakeside, Mountaineer, O’Toole Flat, Coopers Point, Taylors Creek or Jerusalem Creek Campground.

Boat, sail, waterski, canoe or kayak on the lake. Bring your own gear or hire from local providers.

Take a walk and stop at Merlo Lookout or trek up to Blowhard Summit for unrivalled views over Lake Eildon and out towards Mount Buller or you could stay on a houseboat for a more sedate holiday.

As rivers, lakes and reservoirs are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Lake Eildon National Park is a safe and enjoyable one.

Things to do in the area

A couple and their dog camp around a fire at Jerusalem Creek camp ground.

Jerusalem Creek Campground

There are eight camping areas with unpowered sites. Fireplaces and pit toilets are provided. View Jerusalem Creek map below for numbered site locations
A man brings a kettle to the picnic table where his partner is sitting, while an older couple sit around a campfire in the background.

Lake Eildon Picnic Areas

Lake Eildon is a great place for a day out with the family. Herb Fitzroy and Forsyth Flat have free gas barbecues and there's access to the water via boat ramps. Go fishing and boating - and watch the sunset over Merlo Lookout before returning home.
A man unpacks an esky from the tray of a ute while his partner hammers a tent peg into the ground at Candlebark Campground at Lake Eildon National Park.

Candlebark Campground

Pitch a tent or park your caravan in the shady woodlands of Candlebark Campground. Situated between the Devil Cove and Lakeside Campgrounds, this well-equipped site is perfect for families or groups.
Two men warm up next to campfire at Devil Cove Campground at Lake Eildon National Park

Devil Cove Campground

Open in peak periods, Devil Cove Campground is tucked away just to the north of Candlebark.
Two friends relax under the shelter of their camper trailer at Fraser Camping Area in the Lake Eildon National Park.

Lakeside Campground

Lakeside Campground is on the south side of Coller Bay. Free gas barbecue, hot showers are provided.

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Lake Eildon National Park

Lake Eildon National Park was once the centre of a gold rush and abandoned mine shafts are a real danger in the Jerusalem and Fraser Blocks. Do not attempt to enter these structures. They are unstable and may be home to bat colonies.

A five-knot speed limit applies within 50 metres of the shore, other vessels, navigation aids, swimmers and fixed or floating structures, and within 50 metres of vessels displaying a dive flag. Keep an eye out for hazards and other vessels. Refer to the Victorian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook for information on staying safe while boating.

When to go

Cool down in the refreshing waters of Lake Eildon. Take a dip, waterski, boat, sail, canoe or hire a house boat for a relaxing weekend escape.

Junior Ranger activities run over the summer school holidays and are a great opportunity for your 6-12 year-old kids to learn more about nature. From discovery walks to outdoor games and detective sessions, Junior Rangers will explore the park and learn how to care for the environment.

Need to know

Lake Eildon National Park

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • O'Toole Flat Camping Area (Lake Eildon National Park)

    O'Toole Flat Camping Area and Gap Track Bridge CLOSED

    What?
    Due to the failure of Gap Track Bridge over O'Toole Creek, the O'Toole Flat Camping Area and the section of Gap Track accessed by the Gap Track Bridge, are closed until further notice.
    Why?
    This is to protect O'Toole Creek from damage by vehicles fording the creek without a bridge. O'Toole Creek flows directly into White Creek which is home to the critically endangered Spotted Tree Frog. Spotted Tree Frogs are threatened by loss of vegetation on creek banks, and by sediment in waterways.
    When will it be re-opened?
    Gap Track Bridge, over O'Toole Creek, is funded for replacement under the Victorian Government's Asset Regeneration Program (High Risk Assets Capital Program). Construction is expected to begin in 2024. The area will be re-opened once the new bridge is in place.

    For more information on the Asset Regeneration Program (High Risk Assets Capital Program) – including individual project scopes and live project timeframes, visit the Parks Victoria Asset Regeneration Program page:
    https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/statewide-projects/asset-regeneration-program

  • Lakeside Campground (Lake Eildon National Park)

    Closed 30 January to 30 June 2024

    Lakeside Campground is closed from 30 January to 30 June 2024. Vehicles, boat launching/retrieval, and camping, are not permitted in Lakeside Campground during this time.
    Next closest campgrounds:
    Candlebark Campground and Devil Cove Campground, off Fraser Park Road, Devils River VIC. Bookings are essential.
    Next closest boat ramps:
    Main Ramp off Lakeside Road, or Candlebark Ramp off Fraser Park Road, Devils River VIC
    Next closest picnic and toilet facilities:
    Herb Fitzroy Day Visitor Area off Lakeside Road, Devils River VIC



  • Candlebark Campground (Lake Eildon National Park)

    Open to 30 June, reduced sites

    Candlebark Campground is open for camping to June 30. Bookings are essential.
    Change in campground site availability:
    The top row of the campground closest to Fraser Park Road, including sites 102-111 are closed.
    Sites 113-117; 132-133; 149-155; 158; 164-166; 168; and 173 are closed.
    Vehicles and camping are not permitted in closed rows and sites.
    Campground tap water:
    Underground pipes which supply water to the campground taps and toilet blocks have been having ongoing issues. Rangers will monitor the water infrastructure closely while the campgrounds are open, and will notify booked campers as soon as possible if issues worsen. Please ensure your booking information is up to date, and carry enough water with you, in case of a sudden change in conditions.

  • Devil Cove Campground (Lake Eildon National Park)

    open to 30 June, reduced sites

    Devil Cove Campground is open for camping to  30 June 2024. Bookings are essential.
    Change in campground site availability:
    Sites 201-224; 254-263; and 266 are closed. These campground rows have been closed.
    Vehicles and camping are not permitted in closed rows and sites.
    Campground tap water:
    Underground pipes which supply water to the campground taps and toilet blocks are having ongoing issues. Rangers will monitor the water infrastructure closely while the campgrounds are open, and will notify booked campers as soon as possible if issues worsen. Please ensure your booking information is up to date, and carry enough water with you, in case of a sudden change in conditions.

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