"Lake Eildon (Legend, Wine & High Country)" State of Victoria Things to Do Tip by leffe3

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Lake Eildon is a massive man-made reservoir north east of Melbourne. So big in fact that the shoreline alone is in excess of 500kms. Construction began in 1915, but it was in the 1950s when it was increased to the present size - resulting in the town of Bonnie Doon in the north being moved to higher ground. But it's still not enough - at time of writing the reservoir/dam wall is being highered.

With such a sized lake, its hardly suprising that Eildon has become the premier water sports location in Victoria. There are numerous boat launches round the shoreline, a private boating club hogs a large part of th shoreline at the town of Eildon itself (you need to drive 6kms out of town to the Jerusalem Ramp to get to the water's edge at Eildon).

Surrounding the reservoir is the Lake Eildon National Park, where there are plenty of tracks (walking, car, 4WD) and heaps of bush campsites to be found. the main settlements are Eildon and Bonnie Doon - neither being much more than service towns for tourists who self-cater on the boats or in the cabins around the shoreline. Don;t expect gastronomic delights here! :)

Signs of the drought are very apparent - namely the obvious water levels dropping significantly, leaving 'scrub beaches' all along the shoreline.

Directions: About 2 /2.5 hours drive north east of Melbourne

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  • Updated Apr 24, 2006
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