Aura Vale Lake (Cardinia Reservoir Parks)


Aura Vale Lake (Cardinia Reservoir Parks)

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 (Cardinia Reservoir Parks)

Need to know

Aura Vale Lake (Cardinia Reservoir Parks)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash


  • No firearms allowed
  • No drones without a permit
  • No camping
  • No swimming
  • No fires permitted


  • Water hazards
    • Shallow water
    • Submerged obstacles
    • Deep water
  • Terrain hazards
    • Uneven ground
    • Slippery surface
  • Other warnings
    • Trees may fall take care

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.

Aura Vale Lake Park Closed

In the interest of public safety, Aura Vale Lake Park is currently closed. Parks Victoria recognises the value of the park to visitors and is working to minimise the impact of this closure where possible. Alternate parks nearby include Lysterfield Park or Cardinia Reservoir Park.

Aura Vale Lake Toilet Closure

The toilet facility at Aura Vale Lake Park is closed until further notice due to significant plumbing issues. 

We recognise the value of Aura Vale Lake Park to the community and are working to find a resolution. Nearby toilets are located in Cardinia Reservoir Park at the main Crystal Brook Picnic Area and at Emerald township. 

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