Lake Eildon National Park

Lake Eildon National Park

Lake Eildon National Park


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, Candlebark and Lakeside Campgrounds or the more basic 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.

Tours and adventure experiences in parks

One of the best ways you can get into nature is with a Licensed Tour Operator.

There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.

Discover more than 60 different types of nature-based experiences including hiking, mountain biking, boating, four-wheel driving, indigenous culture tours, birdwatching, surfing, diving and so much more. 

Licensed Tour Operators know all the best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.

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How to get there

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.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Seasonal road closures 2022

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate from after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.

  • Coller Bay Walking and Cycling Track (Eildon Water Reserve, Lake Eildon National Park)

    Collar Bay Walking and Cycling Track - partial closure

    Parts of the Collar Bay Walking Track at Lake Eildon National Park are un-passable due to being inundated by the rising lake level. The trail will remain closed until the lake level drops. 

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Temporary closure of Herb Fitzroy Day Visitor Area, Main Boat Ramp Carpark and Lakeside foreshore

    Access to Herb Fitzroy DVA, the Main Boat Ramp and Lakeside foreshore will be temporarily unavailable on Wednesday 05 October 2022 due to filming of "The Clearing" - an Australian 'event series' adapted for screen, based on the novel by JP Pomare. 

    Boat launching ability will be temporarily unavailable at the Main Ramp and Lakeside boat ramps during the course of the day. Launching will be unaffected at other sites including Candlebark and Jerusalem Creek.

    The Australian Film and TV industry requires the support of the local communities in which we operate to produce Australian content that we can showcase to the world and we thank you in advance for your understanding, it is greatly appreciated.

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