Lakeside Campground


Lakeside Campground

Stay in comfort at Lake Eildon National Park's best-equipped campgrounds. Set around picturesque Coller Bay on the shores of popular Lake Eildon, the Fraser camping area includes Lakeside, Candlebark, and Devil Cove Campgrounds.

Situated on the south side of Coller Bay, Lakeside Campground offers toilets, picnic tables, shared fireplaces and a shelter. It is the best choice for motorised boating and watersports enthusiasts, with the nearby concrete boat ramp allowing access to the lake year-round at varying water levels (down to 10 per cent of capacity). Fees apply, and bookings are required.

Launch your boat or canoe and enjoy the walking and cycle trails along the shore or up into the forested hills to one of the lookouts with a magnificent view over the lake.

Lakeside Campground area can accommodate tents and some caravans and campervans. Boat parking is available within and adjacent to the campground. Sites are unpowered.

There are picnic tables and shared fireplaces throughout the campground, however no fires are permitted on individual campsites and you need to bring your own firewood.

Please note that the Lakeside Campground does not have showers or wheelchair-accessible toilets. If you need these facilities, please stay at the Candlebark or Devil Cove campsites instead.


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.
Father and son bird watching on boardwalk

Bird watching

From bushland to wetlands and everything in between, parks provide habitat to an abundance of common and rare bird species. Go for a wander and see how many you can spot.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking are great ways to explore beautiful waterways. Enjoy the tranquility and spot wildlife that hikers don’t normally see.
A three year old boy leads his mum and younger brother through the forest near Grants Picnic Ground.

Family activities

Stash some supplies into a back pack and take the family out for a day trip and in only a short drive from Melbourne you can be surrounded by nature.
A husband and wife stop to take a photo of Masons Falls from the lookout.

Day trips

Pack the car and round up your family and friends. Whether you're seeking relaxation or adventure, parks offer a variety of day trips close to Melbourne.

How to get there

Lakeside Campground

The Fraser area campgrounds are approximately 2.5 hours drive from Melbourne. Access is via the Goulburn Valley Highway, then UT Creek Road and Fraser Park Road.  


Need to know

Lakeside 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.

  • Lakeside Campground (Lake Eildon National Park)

    Lakeside Campground CLOSED, bookings open 6 December, for dates from 20 December – 30 January

    Lakeside Campground is closed to camping, day visitors, vehicles, and boats (launching/retrieval). This is because of water service and associated critical infrastructure failure.

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

    Lake Eildon camping open for summer
    Information released Wednesday 22 November, 2023

    Three popular campgrounds at beautiful Lake Eildon on Taungurung Country will be open this summer school holidays.  

    The three Fraser Block campgrounds – Devil Cove, Candlebark and Lakeside – are nestled on the shores of the lake and have played host to generations of campers. 

    Recent water supply issues saw all three campgrounds closed over the winter – but Parks Victoria will be temporarily reopening with reduced services for the summer school holidays. 

    Around 100 sites will be available to book at the three campgrounds from 6 December, for dates from 20 December – 30 January.

    “We’re really happy to reopen the campgrounds for the busy summer season, but there will be less sites than normal, and less facilities.” Parks Victoria Ranger Team Leader Jane Lloyd says.  

    “If you’re planning to come to Lake Eildon, please be aware some of the facilities will be closed, like the hot showers and barbecues at Lakeside Campground.” 

    Both Candlebark and Devil Cove campgrounds will have their showers and toilets open. 

    “Rangers monitor how things go closely and if there are any issues with the water supply we’ll let everyone know as quickly as possible,” says Jane Lloyd. 

    Campers at Lake Eildon can enjoy a whole world of watersports in a spectacular setting. Families can go swimming, canoeing, waterskiing, sailing and fishing in the shadow of the Victorian Alps, and enjoy bushwalking or cycling along a network of trails.  

    The campgrounds share the picture-perfect surroundings with kangaroos, wombats and a huge variety of beautiful birds. The Lake Eildon National 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. 

    For more information about how to book camping at Lake Eildon visit our Booking Information page. 

    What’s the problem? 

    Often called the Fraser Block, the three campgrounds – Lakeside, Devil Cove and Candlebark – are immensely popular with visitors to Lake Eildon. In their prime they offered easy access to the lake, with facilities like hot showers, drinking water, free gas barbecues, shelters and picnic areas. 

    Unfortunately, in recent times the campgrounds have begun to show their age, and last autumn the water system failed. Significant leaks were found which, if not managed appropriately, could impact on the water supply for visitors and campers in the park. 

    What’s the plan? 

    Parks Victoria has funding from the Victoria’s Great Outdoors program to redevelop campgrounds in the Fraser Block so they don’t have to be closed again. This will mean installing water tanks and new plumbing connections at each campsite.  These works will be subject to approvals, material and contractor availability. 

    Parks Victoria expects to have more details about the long-term works at Fraser Block in the new year. 

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Arborist works within Fraser Visitor Experience Area

    Contractors will be undertaking tree works during the period of Thursday 30th November to Friday the 8th December within the Fraser Visitor Area.

    All Day Visitor Areas remain open however please be aware there will be increased traffic and noise from machinery during the hours of 8am - 5pm.

    Arborist works in Jerusalem Creek Camping Area

    Contractors will be undertaking tree works during the period of Thursday 7th December to Thursday 14th December within the Jerusalem Creek Camping Area.

    Some campsites will be closed off however the Campgrounds will remain open during this time. Please be aware there will be increased traffic and noise from machinery during the hours of 8am - 5pm.

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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

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Open in peak periods, Devil Cove Campground is tucked away just to the north of Candlebark.
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