Lake Eildon: A Place for Any Adventurer on Melbourne's Doorstep
Surrounded by mountains, Lake Eildon really is a serene place to visit, whether you're camping, on a houseboat or in a caravan. Although it’s a small town, holiday periods attract hoards of eager adventure-seekers to the area, keen to explore the pristine surroundings.
Lake Eildon offers two completely different options, relaxation or hiking. Amongst those hikes are incredible mountain views that myself and many others would take over relaxation any day. However, if hiking isn’t your thing there’s always plenty more fun to be had including water activities such as jet-skiing, canoeing, water skiing, wakeboarding, boating etc. The list goes on.
Along with hikes comes lookouts, and certainly some great ones. Different hikes with spectacular lookout views include: Blowhard Circuit (22km), Estate Spur Circuit (8.5km), Cook Point to High Camp (10.5km), Rock Peak and the Pinnacle (7.3km). these hikes range from roughly 4-8 hours and you will need to be well prepared for them.
Located roughly 250km from the Melbourne CBD, night time is the perfect opportunity to get amongst it with the camera. Being so far away from populated cities and towns mean that the stars are noticeably more visible. The Milky Way can also be spotted, and while it's not as visible to the naked eye, it shows up on camera much clearer and makes for a great photo subject.
Lake Eildon is a perfect getaway - a must see Victorian treasure. To say you need to visit here would be an understatement.
Written by Ben Hawkes. Photos also by Ben.
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