Lake Eildon camping open for summer
Wednesday 22 November, 2023
Three popular campgrounds at beautiful Lake Eildon on Taungurung Country will be open this summer school holidays.
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.
Lakeside Campground is one of three at Lake Eildon partially open this summer. Credit: Parks Victoria