posted on 22 Dec 20 | by Explore Bendigo

Enjoy A Day Out At Lake Eppalock This Summer...

If you’re looking for a fun day out exploring the great outdoors or a place to cool off, why not check out Lake Eppalock this summer.

Located in the heart of central Victoria, between Bendigo and Heathcote, the lake is popular spot for recreational sport with a great range of experiences on offer. Free to visit, Lake Eppalock has facilities to suit every visitor, including caravan parks, picnic areas, public toilets and four public boat ramps. Plus, it’s dog-friendly area. And if that’s not enough, you’ll even find a boutique winery on the lake with beautiful views and local wine. 

Check out our local guide to exploring Lake Eppalock…
 

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Water Fun

With such a large mass of water on offer, there’s so many ways you can enjoy the water. It’s a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike for swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, jet skiing, water skiing and boating. The options are endless. 

Kimbolton is a great area with all the facilities nearby plus it’s a favourite amongst groups and those launch boats. Alternatively, head further south to Point King for a different view of the lake and a popular spot for kayaking and fishing.
 

For more info including a map, click here.
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Cycling

Not only are there plenty of tracks along the lake’s edge to enjoy cycling around, but the O’Keefe Rail Trail weaves its way over and past Lake Eppalock on its way to and from Bendigo and Heathcote.   

Click here to learn more about the O'Keefe Rail Trail.
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Pack A Picnic

There are plenty of great barbeque and picnic areas overlooking the water at Lake Eppalock.

The most popular, Kimbolton Recreation Area, offers new undercover areas complete with electric barbeques (free to use, bonus!), picnic tables and toilets.  

If you’re looking for somewhere a little quieter to throw your picnic blanket down and enjoy your surroundings, check out Mangans Lane, Bo Bay or Kirrang Point swimming area. 

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Fishing

Lake Eppalock is home to Golden Perch, Red Fin, Trout and Murray Cod, with a stocking program to ensure there’s great supply and a pretty good chance of bagging a fish.

You can expect to find Red Fin around Derrinal and Kimbolton pools at the north end of the lake.

Head to the mouths of the Coliban and Campaspe rivers you’ll find Murray Cod and Golden Perch.

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Bird Watching

The lake is a beautiful natural resource that attracts an abundance of wildlife. It’s known to be a popular spot for bird watching in the region with common sightings of whistling kites and wedge-tailed eagles, to honeyeaters, laughing kookaburras and parrots – just to name a few.