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

    Temporarily closed for repair works

    Lakeside Campground is temporarily closed due to water supply issues. 

    Camping is still available nearby at Candlebark Campground and Devil Cove Campground. Bookings are essential and can be made now at: www.bookings.parks.vic.gov.au/book 

    Boat launching is available from the main boat ramp, next to Herb Fitzroy Day Visitor Area. 

    Works are planned for the Fraser Block camping area in Lake Eildon National Park to update the ageing infrastructure which is currently impacting the water supply to the area. Find out more about these upgrades at the Lake Eildon National Park camping upgrades project page.

  • Candlebark Campground

    Open with reduced campsites

    Change in campground capacity 
    Candlebark Campground is open for camping at half capacity.  
     
    Sites 112; 118-131; 134-148; 156-163; 167; 169-172 and 174 are open for booking. 

    Vehicles and camping are not permitted in closed rows and sites. 

    Showers, toilets and drinking water 
    Drinking water, showers and toilets are currently available, however water supply issues have limited the capacity of the campground. Parks Victoria rangers are monitoring the situation closely and will notify booked campers as soon as possible if issues arise. Please ensure your booking information is up to date and carry enough water with you, in case of a sudden change in conditions. 

    Bookings are essential and can be made now at: www.bookings.parks.vic.gov.au/book
     
    Works are planned for the Fraser Block camping area in Lake Eildon National Park, to update the ageing infrastructure which is currently impacting the water supply to the area. Find out more about these upgrades at the Lake Eildon National Park camping upgrades project page.
     

  • Devil Cove Campground

    Open with reduced campsites

    Change in campground capacity 
    Devil Cove Campground is open for camping at half capacity.  
     
    Sites 225-253; 264; 265 and 267-280 are open for booking. 
     
    Vehicles and camping are not permitted in closed rows and sites. 

    Showers, toilets and drinking water 
    Drinking water, showers and toilets are currently available, however water supply issues have limited the capacity of the campground. Parks Victoria rangers are monitoring the situation closely and will notify booked campers as soon as possible if issues arise. Please ensure your booking information is up to date and carry enough water with you, in case of a sudden change in conditions. 
     
    Bookings are essential and can be made now at: www.bookings.parks.vic.gov.au/book
     
    Works are planned for the Fraser Block camping area in Lake Eildon National Park, to update the ageing infrastructure which is currently impacting the water supply to the area. Find out more about these upgrades at the Lake Eildon National Park camping upgrades project page.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Blue-Green Algae Warning for Lake Eildon

    Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) has detected high blue-green algae levels within Lake Eildon.
    Blue-green algae present a risk to the health of humans and animals. The algae detected may cause gastroenteritis if ingested. Characteristic signs of algae contact are skin rashes or itchiness; sore eyes, ears and nose; or if swallowed, nausea or vomiting.
    The situation is being closely monitored by GMW and the following precautions are recommended:
    • People and pets should avoid contact with the water.
    • Untreated water should never be used for human consumption (e.g. drinking, cooking, showering, bathing, washing).
    • People who come into contact with the water should wash affected skin immediately in clean cold water.
    • Boiling the affected water will not make it safe to use. Blue-green algae release toxins into the water when heated.
    You can determine if the warning is still current by visiting the GMW website https://www.g-mwater.com.au/water-operations/bga or by ringing 1800 013 357.
    Please remember that water in Lake Eildon is not suitable for human consumption without first being properly treated.

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