Lake Eildon National Park camping upgrades

Project status

 Estimated timeline for the VGO works at Fraser Block. Planning and assessments in progress from 2023-2024. Stage 1 interim works will be completed in mid 2024. Stage 2 final designs will be released in mid 2024. Procurement of stage 2 contractor will be mid-late 2024. Stage 2 works to start in early 2025.

 

  • Development of a Cultural Heritage Management Plan is underway.
  • Procurement is in progress for stage 1 works, which includes delivering an interim solution for the water supply issues at Lakeside, Candlebark and Devil Cove campgrounds, the Parks Victoria office, works centre depot and Herb Fitzroy Day Visitor Area.

The above timeline is subject to assessments, regulatory approvals, contractor availability and on-ground and construction industry conditions.

Last updated: April 2024


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The project

This project is being delivered on Taungurung Country.

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

The Fraser Block camping area in Lake Eildon National Park will be upgraded to provide new and accessible visitor facilities, and to update the ageing infrastructure which is currently impacting the water supply to the area. The works will be delivered in stages:

Stage 1: Interim water supply solution
An interim solution to the water supply issue has been developed that will see water tanks installed at each campground. These works will enable Lakeside, Candlebark and Devil Cove campgrounds and the Herb Fitzroy Day Visitor Area to be reopened while the stage 2 upgrades are planned and completed.

Stage 2: Long-term solution and campground upgrades
A long-term solution will be delivered to address the ageing infrastructure currently impacting the water supply to the area, along with new and accessible visitor facilities at Lakeside Campground and Candlebark Campground. 

Environmental and cultural heritage assessments will inform exactly what, where, when and how components of the project are delivered.


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.

Pictured above: Visitors having a picnic at Lakeside Campground.  

 

Project benefits

Visitors

The upgrades will provide a solution to the existing water supply issues at the Fraser Block sites, making it possible for the campgrounds to stay open for visitors, so that more people can enjoy camping at Lake Eildon National Park. Upgrades to the facilities will make the campgrounds more accessible, providing more opportunities for people with diverse needs and abilities to get into nature.    

Environment

Updating the water supply and waste management systems will bring the Fraser Block sites in line with current environmental requirements, and some areas in the campgrounds will be revegetated to support the habitats of native plants and wildlife. 

 

Project funding

This project has been funded by $4.1 million from the Victorian Government’s Victoria’s Great Outdoors program. 
 
Victoria’s Great Outdoors is a $106.6 million investment by the Victorian Government into better campgrounds, walking trails, 4WD tracks and visitor facilities across Victoria’s parks and state forests. 

 

Environment and cultural heritage management

Environmental and cultural heritage assessments will be undertaken for this project, to ensure that cultural heritage and plants and wildlife will be protected during works.

Who are we working with?

Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
Taungurung Land and Waters Council

 

Access changes

Works to deliver upgrades as part of this project have not yet started. Partial or full closures will be in place over the coming months due to current water supply issues: 

  • Devil Cove Campground and Candlebark Campground are both currently open for bookings. Both campgrounds are operating at half capacity, with some campsites closed. 
  • Lakeside Campground will be available to book over the Easter period. Bookable dates are from Thursday 28 March to Sunday 14 April 2024. Please note the campground will be operating at half capacity, with some campsites closed and showers closed.  

We don’t expect there will be any changes in access during the Stage 1 interim works. Partial or full closures may be required during the Stage 2 works. 

Check the Lake Eildon National Park page to stay up to date with temporary closures expected during 2024.

 

Putting safety first

Visitor safety is our number one priority when considering risk in parks. While nature will always be unpredictable, our projects and maintenance works help minimise risks and help people explore the great outdoors safely.

Parks Victoria is responsible for continuously managing and maintaining over 50,000 pieces of infrastructure across the state annually. We’re also delivering new projects to help visitors get into nature. These are thoroughly planned and prepared to keep people and projects separate – and safe.

When visiting a park where projects are happening, especially during construction, it’s important that people follow the direction of signs, stay out of fenced and restricted areas, and listen to Parks Victoria staff and work crews.

 

Staying updated

Subscribe to receive updates on this and other projects and news in parks. You can also email us with enquiries at engage@parks.vic.gov.au. As the project progresses, information on this page will be updated regularly.

 

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