Lake Eildon National Park
Lake Eildon National Park
Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Taungurung Traditional Owners have to Lake Eildon National Park, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.
Camp by Lake Eildon and enjoy a whole world of watersports in a spectacular setting. Go swimming, canoeing, waterskiing, sailing and fishing in the shadow of the Victorian Alps. Enjoy bushwalking or cycling along a network of trails. You'll share the picture-perfect surroundings with kangaroos, wombats and a huge variety of beautiful birds. The 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.
Take a day trip to Lake Eildon or stay overnight at one of the picturesque campgrounds. Choose from the well-equipped Devils Cove and Candlebark Campgrounds or the more basic Lakeside, Mountaineer, O’Toole Flat, Coopers Point, Taylors Creek or Jerusalem Creek Campground.
Boat, sail, waterski, canoe or kayak on the lake. Bring your own gear or hire from local providers.
Take a walk and stop at Merlo Lookout or trek up to Blowhard Summit for unrivalled views over Lake Eildon and out towards Mount Buller or you could stay on a houseboat for a more sedate holiday.
As rivers, lakes and reservoirs are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Lake Eildon National Park is a safe and enjoyable one.
Things to do in the area
Tours and adventure experiences in parks
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How to get there
Lake Eildon National Park
A five-knot speed limit applies within 50 metres of the shore, other vessels, navigation aids, swimmers and fixed or floating structures, and within 50 metres of vessels displaying a dive flag. Keep an eye out for hazards and other vessels. Refer to the Victorian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook for information on staying safe while boating.
When to go
Cool down in the refreshing waters of Lake Eildon. Take a dip, waterski, boat, sail, canoe or hire a house boat for a relaxing weekend escape.
Junior Ranger activities run over the summer school holidays and are a great opportunity for your 6-12 year-old kids to learn more about nature. From discovery walks to outdoor games and detective sessions, Junior Rangers will explore the park and learn how to care for the environment.
Need to know
Lake Eildon National Park
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.
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Candlebark, Devil Cove, and Lakeside Campgrounds CLOSED, bookings open at 11am on 6 December, for dates from 20 December – 30 January
Candlebark, Devil Cove, and Lakeside Campgrounds are currently closed to camping, day visitors, vehicles, and boats (launching/retrieval). This is because of water service and associated critical infrastructure failure.
Boat launching is available from the main boat ramp, next to Herb Fitzroy Day Visitor Area.
For camping bookings, a ‘pre-queue’ will open at 10:20am (AEDT) on Wednesday 6 December. If you join the pre-queue before 11am, the system will randomly allocate entry from the pre-queue into the Virtual Waiting Room at 11am. People who join from 11am will join the end of the queue in the Virtual Waiting Room after those in the pre-queue. You’ll be able to see how long the estimated wait time is and your place in the queue. This allows us to manage the booking system during periods of high demand.
Lake Eildon camping open for summer
Information released Wednesday 22 November, 2023
Three popular campgrounds at beautiful Lake Eildon on Taungurung Country will be open this summer school holidays.
The three Fraser Block campgrounds – Devil Cove, Candlebark and Lakeside – are nestled on the shores of the lake and have played host to generations of campers.
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.
Blue Green Algae Warning for Lake EildonGoulburn-Murray Water (GMW) have issued a blue green algae warning for Lake Eildon today Thursday 07 December 2023. GMW is warning the public to avoid contact with water in Lake Eildon after monitoring detected high levels of blue-green algae.Warning signs are being placed at major recreational areas.
Further information can be obtained from GMW's website at: https://www.g-mwater.com.au/water-operations/bga
- It is recommended that alternative supplies for stock drinking be used.
- Stock and other animals should be kept away from recently irrigated areas.
- Stock and pets should be kept away from the water.
- Watering of edible garden plants should be avoided.
Arborist works in Jerusalem Creek Camping AreaContractors will be undertaking tree works during the period of Thursday 7th December to Thursday 14th December within the Jerusalem Creek Camping Area.Some campsites will be closed off however the Campgrounds will remain open during this time. Please be aware there will be increased traffic and noise from machinery during the hours of 8am - 5pm.
O'Toole Flat Camping Area (Lake Eildon National Park)
O'Toole Flat Camping Area and Gap Track Bridge CLOSEDWhat?Due to the failure of Gap Track Bridge over O'Toole Creek, the O'Toole Flat Camping Area and the section of Gap Track accessed by the Gap Track Bridge, are closed until further notice.Why?This is to protect O'Toole Creek from damage by vehicles fording the creek without a bridge. O'Toole Creek flows directly into White Creek which is home to the critically endangered Spotted Tree Frog. Spotted Tree Frogs are threatened by loss of vegetation on creek banks, and by sediment in waterways.When will it be re-opened?Gap Track Bridge, over O'Toole Creek, is funded for replacement under the Victorian Government's Asset Regeneration Program (High Risk Assets Capital Program). Construction is expected to begin in 2024. The area will be re-opened once the new bridge is in place.For more information on the Asset Regeneration Program (High Risk Assets Capital Program) – including individual project scopes and live project timeframes, visit the Parks Victoria Asset Regeneration Program page:https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/statewide-projects/asset-regeneration-program
Herb Fitzroy Day Visitor Area (Lake Eildon National Park)
Toilet Block CLOSEDThe toilet block at Herb Fitzroy Day Visitor Area is closed. This is because of water service and associated critical infrastructure failure.Visitors can continue using the picnic shelter, tables, barbecues, and carpark at Herb Fitzroy Day Visitor Area, as well as the main boat ramp, which remain open.Parks Victoria is working on a solution to be able to re-open the toilet block at Herb Fitzroy Day Visitor Area. Unfortunately a date for re-opening cannot be provided at this time.