Aura Vale Lake


Aura Vale Lake

Aura Vale Lake is a popular location for recreational fishing, canoeing, sailing, rowing and picnicking. Ramped paths provide access to picnic areas and toilets. Visitors are welcome to bring their own gas fired BBQ.

Just north of Cardinia Reservoir, Aura Vale Lake plays a very important role in Melbourne's water supply. It forms part of a drainage system designed to channel run-off water from neighbouring properties and roads and stops it entering the main reservoir.

Although recreational fishing is permitted in Aura Vale Lake, consumption of fish is not advised. A Recreational Fishing Licence is required for all forms of fishing in Victoria's waterways.

Fishing is only permitted from the banks.

Henley Picnic area is a fantastic spot to spend the afternoon relaxing by the lake, providing ramped paths to picnic area and accessible toilets.

A boat ramp provides access for small non-powered boats.

Swimming is not permitted in Aura Vale Lake.

Park gates are open between dawn and dusk all year round for vehicle access.

How to get there

Aura Vale Lake

Need to know

Aura Vale Lake

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash



Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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.

Blue-Green Algae Outbreak

There is a blue-green algae outbreak at Aura Vale Lake.

Visitors are advised that contact can be harmful to humans and animals.

  • No sailing permitted.
  • No fishing permitted.
  • No swimming permitted.
  • Do not touch or drink the water.

Aura Vale Lake - Changed Toilet Facility Conditions

Permanent toilet facilities at Aura Vale Lake (Cardinia Reservoir) are closed due to plumbing issues.

Temporary toilet facilities have been placed within the car parking area whilst this issue is being resolved. Please note that these temporary toilet facilities do not provide a Unisex Accessible Toilet.

The nearest Public Unisex Accessible Toilets are located at Cardinia Reservoir Park, Crystal Brook picnic area. 

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