Lake Eildon, The home of the pro riders
Lake Eildon is one place that you absolutely must wakeboard when you are in Victoria.
Home to many pro riders but more importantly the location well known for the house in the Australian cult movie ‘The Castle’.
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Lake Eildon has been at the centre of wakeboard history for over a decade with many famous names growing up on its waters. The likes of the Watkins, the Priestleys, The Mackey’s, the Van Muers and many more grew up making the slash at Eildon.
Aside from the famous wakeboarding faces you will also see a few celebrities getting around the lake as quite a few Melbourne personalities have houseboats parked in the Eildon Boat club.
Lake Eildon has also played host to events like ‘board stock’ that have taken place at Fraser national park which has put it firmly on the map.
Wake magazine based itself from Lake Eildon on two luxury houseboats for their annual board testing.
Lake Eildon Stats
With a shoreline spanning over 500kms and a water capacity that fills Sydney harbour 5 times over Lake Eildon is definitely by far a large lake with plenty of room to move for everyone.
Filled with nothing but fresh water and fish, the only thing to watch out for is the occasional dead tree that pokes up from the banks when the water is low.
Unfortunately the lake will never reach its maximum percentage again as the government sells off the water as fast as it drains in but there is always enough water for a ride.
Due to the water level’s constant fluctuation, the boat ramps around Eildon can vary in position. Be sure to check water levels before heading up there so as you know which ramp to head towards.
Generally, the ‘Jews Creek’ ramp is always accessible as is the Eildon ramp, located at the dam wall. Any other boat ramp will usually be inside one of the many caravan parks dotted around the shores or straight off the bank.
Places To Stay
If you are looking for a place to stay in Eildon or on the water then there are loads of caravan parks around the lake from the Bonnie Doon end to Big River. If that doesn’t appeal to you and you want to float around the lake then you can hire a houseboat with all the luxuries you could dream of having including a spa, BBQ, and pumping stereo equipment that will make your holiday an absolute pleasure.
Lake Eildon is on the way everywhere and you can find a million ways of getting there but for argument’s sake, we will keep it simple and give you the options from Melbourne heading to Bonnie Doon and then Jerusalem Creek.
The eastern suburb of Lilydale is the gateway heading out to the lake, from there it is quite simple to follow signs heading through Yarra Glen, Yea, and next stop Bonnie Doon.