Eildon

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Eildon is located 138km northeast of Melbourne on the outskirts of national park. The town’s picturesque lake system incorporating the dam is a recreational fishing and boating reservoir. The lake with its scenic mountainous backdrop is a beautiful spot to throw a line in and relax on the water.

The local dam is accessible via Sugarloaf Rd. A boat launching area is adjacent to the dam wall as is a picnic area. The views from the dam wall of the mountainous countryside are just stunning.

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Below the dam wall in the Pondage boating is prohibited, however, fishing is permitted all year round from the banks. eildon-trout There are no size limits here however daily bag limits of 5 Trout per person apply and fishing licences are required which can be obtained from local fishing tackle shops. Suitable baits include live worms and chunky cheese and rainbow candy pulp baits and lure fishermen will find spinners and tassie devils are a good choice.

Fishermen or anyone for that matter wanting to cruise the lake for an extended period and soak up the scenery have the option of hiring a houseboat at nearby Boat Harbour, which is a private marina.

There are several caravan parks around town, or those venturing into the national park will find plenty of designated bush camping sites along the Eildon - Jamieson Rd.

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Lake Eildon National Park offers Trout fishing, trailbike riding, four-wheel driving, birdwatching and deer hunting. The drive along the Jamieson Road on the parks boundary is very scenic and finds Big River where keen anglers can wet a line and camp by the river. Fresh Trout caught and cooked on an open camp fire in the bush sounds like a nice outing in the national park.

Trailbike riders and four-wheel driving enthusiasts can explore the many gravel tracks veering off the main road and winding all over the mountain ranges throughout the state forest. Some of the views from these off-road tracks are superb and the adventurous driving is excitement in itself.

Birdwatchers and bushwalkers will enjoy the chirping and squawking of the park’s birdlife including rosellas, wrens, cockatoos and the intriguing lyrebirds. The park has many walking trails through bushland and around the lake with beautiful scenery and native plantlife.

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Deer hunting is permitted in the park and the season commences from the first Saturday following Easter and ends on 30 November each year. Hunting is restricted to Sambar Deer in designated areas only and hunters must hold a current Game Licence for deer and current Fire Arms Licence. Further information and regulations can be obtained from Parks Victoria.

The overall drive between Eildon and Jamieson is really beautiful with magnificent valley and mountain views along the way which photography cannot do justice due to the abundance of trees. The essence is captured whilst in motion as the scenic landscape passes by.

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Towards the end of the drive about 7km from Jamieson is a scenic lookout with stunning views of the river valley and its mountainous backdrop. This less frequented or promoted national park is a beautiful piece of countryside offering invigorating outdoor activities and delightful scenery enjoyed from the comfort of your vehicle or on foot amongst nature.

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Echuca

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Glenrowan

Great Ocean Road

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Marysville

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Phillip Island

Port Fairy

Portland

Queenscliff

The Dandenongs

The Grampians

Warburton

Warrnambool

Wilsons Promontory

Yarra Ranges

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