EILDON IS LOCATED A PLEASANT 2 HOUR DRIVE AND APPROXIMATELY 140KM’S NORTH-EAST OF VICTORIA’S STATE CAPITAL, MELBOURNE.
Crossing Australia’s Great Dividing Range takes you into a different world away from, but not too far from the hustle and bustle of city life. This is why Eildon has become a year round short break destination for ‘Melbournites’, as well as an annual vacation destination for couples and families escaping for a few weeks.
Whilst the town of Eildon has a permanent population of around 650 people, and is now essentially tourism based, the town itself has an interesting history. With the local rivers and Lake Eildon on its doorstep, many thousands of water-skiers, pleasure boaters, and fishermen, share vacations with some 800 permanently located luxury houseboats. Many of these houseboats are a private home away from home which can accommodate 10 or more people.
Lake Eildon is not a closed catchment and is open to Trout fishing 12 months of the year, it has a shoreline of almost 600 Kilometres when at full supply. It’s prime function is provide irrigation for food bowl areas of the lower Goulburn River Anywhere up to 30,000 people per day take advantage of boating and all forms of watersport in the region during summer.
A visit to the Freshwater Discovery Centre at Snobs Creek is a must, and you will also enjoy some magnificent wildlife. The Lake Eildon National Park features the former highly regarded Fraser National Park with some great walking tracks and many lakeside established camping areas with boat ramps down to a lake level of 9%. Another big attraction of the area can be seen in the growing number of 4WD and dirt bike enthusiasts who have discovered the unique beauty and adventure to be experienced in our mountainous areas.
Whilst many residents work in the agricultural and allied industries, the timber industry also features strongly. The infrastructure to support these, power generation, irrigation plus the leisure and tourist industry covers most occupations. Life is very relaxed in the Eildon area. The clean mountain air and open spaces mean we all spend a lot of time outdoors. Eildon has a good sense of community which is rare in these times. Eildon has a Kindergarten and State Primary School located on the same site in the township. The manicured school grounds make many larger schools envious, these facilities have catered for fewer than 100 pupils in recent times.
The local Lions Club have created the ‘Eildon Lions Leisure Park’ by the Eildon Pondage, on Riverside Drive. The park includes a huge rotunda with free electric BBQ’s and seating for 80+ people and it is wheelchair friendly. There is a purpose built pier over the Pondage which enables fishing access for the disabled. There is a fenced childrens play-ground; and a toilet block that is also wheelchair friendly. Another community project by the Lions has been to construct an island in the pondage as a wildlife breeding sanctuary.
When You Visit Visitors to the region are invited to obtain a copy the seasonal publication ‘Official Visitors Guide – Lake Mountain, Lake Eildon & Upper Goulburn River – Murrindindi, Victoria”. This is produced by the Standard Newspaper, for Murrindindi Regional Tourism Association, and features information, maps and a calendar of events in Murrindindi Shire. Copies are available free of charge from Visitor Information Centres, and from many retail shops throughout the Shire.
Two radio station’s which transmits throughout the Eildon area, regularly announces community events and news. UGFM 106.9 and STAR FM 93.7
Eildon Tourist Visitor Information Centre
Opposite the Eildon Shopping Village, in Main Street.
PHONE : (03) 5774 2909