Jerusalem Creek Campground

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Jerusalem Creek Campground

Just south of Eildon township, the Jerusalem Creek Camping areas lie among tall eucalypt trees on the southern edge of Lake Eildon.

The eight separate camping areas offer basic dog-friendly camping nestled on the southern tip of the Jerusalem Block — it's the perfect base to explore all Lake Eildon National Park has to offer.

Jersulam Creek has pit toilets at camping area and firepits throughout the campground. Campsites are numbered and must be booked in advance. No more than six people are permitted per campsite.

Make the most of the waterside location at Jerusalem Creek. Go swimming or launch a canoe, kayak or boat from the nearby boat ramp to explore further afield. Discover unexplored swimming holes and the submerged township of Darlingford. If you're an avid angler, both Rainbow and Brown Trout are plentiful throughout the lake system and the occasional Murray Cod can be seen jumping from the water.

Trek to the top of The Pinnacle for impressive views over Lake Eildon and the southern foothills of the Victorian Alps. The trail leads off from the Jerusalem Creek Day Visitor Area and follows Barnewall Creek. As you climb out of the grassy gully, the vegetation closes in and follows the ridgeline to the summit of The Pinnacle. Alternatively, drive up to Foggs Lookout for beautiful views across the lake and township.

Back at camp, watch the friendly kangaroos laze the day away and colourful native birds such as Laughing Kookaburras, Crimson Rosellas, King Parrots and Gang Gang Cockatoos calling among the trees.

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Things to do in the area

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.
Four friends relax by the edge of the Yarra River as their curly brown dog gets ready to jump in the water.

Dog walking

Round up your dog, grab the lead and visit dog-friendly parks near Melbourne and across Victoria.
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Sunrises and sunsets

Spectacular sunsets from the summits and to west, and picturesque sunrises in the east , top-and-tail your day the perfect way.
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Wildlife viewing

Get up close and personal with some of Australia's shy native wildlife or look up to spot tree-dwelling mammals and flocks of colourful birds,
Stargazing in the Murray Sunset National Park.

Stargazing

Escape the city lights to remote nature locations to see the spectacular starry southern night sky.

How to get there

Jerusalem Creek Campground

Lake Eildon National Park is approximately two hours' drive north-east of Melbourne and is easily accessed by following the Eastern Freeway towards the Maroondah Highway. Drive towards Taggerty and just before reaching the township, turn onto the Taggerty-Thornton Road, heading towards Thornton. From there, the Goulburn Valley Highway will lead you to the township of Eildon and the entrance to the National Park. The eight Jerusalem Creek Camping areas are located approximately 10-kilometres east of Eildon Township, along Jerusalem Creek Road.

While the campgrounds are more basic than those within the Fraser Block, they have everything you need for a comfortable stay - fireplaces with grills, shaded campsites and the added bonus that dogs are permitted on leads. Please bring your own firewood or barbecue coals, as firewood collection is prohibited.

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When to go

Summer is a popular time at Lake Eildon, with visitors flocking to the water to escape the heat. Enjoy a walk around the shoreline followed by a dip in the lake to cool off.

Need to know

Jerusalem Creek Campground

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.

  • 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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