Lake Bolac Eel Festival

Welcome to the Lake Bolac Eel Festival, an event truly like no other. Music, dance, delicious food will make sure this event lasts long in your holidays to remember. Focus of the event is on the environment particularly around Lake Bolac. While it is taking a break in 2015, read this guide so you're prepared when it returns!

What To Expect

The festival unites together those who appreciate and respect the environment as well as those who want to learn about the Aboriginal cultural heritage. It is unclear when the next Lake Bolac Eel Festival will run, as it is taking a break in 2015. The festival hosts Indigenous dance and ceremony, an environmental forum, displays and workshops, soulful music and with plenty more to see.


The Meaning Behind The Festival

The aims of this festival is to offer the community with an event filled with arts and culture. A platform to promote the restoration of Lake Bolac and the stream systems that is ecologically sustainable for flora and fauna that it is home to.

The significance of the festival is to highlight the importance of the environment and respect the Lake Bolac’s heritage. The intention is also to create a meeting ground of respect and understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.


A Historical Visit

Lake Bolac is rich in Australian history. The Lake Bolac Hotel (built in 1862) still stands tall and the Memorial Hall (built in 1922) is a building to see to capture the true essence of the heritage this region holds. Read the story of Lake Bolac and District as you walk along the Heritage Walk.


Children will find this interesting walk and story entertaining, as they count eel stencils embedded in the path and complete a quiz to see how much they remembered. For those seeking brilliant and romantic architectural, book an appointment to view the Narrapumelap Homestead. Built in 1873, this homestead brings ageless to mind, if the building's appearance still strong and elegant and is seen to be one of Victoria’s finest examples of the French Gothic Revival.


Explore The Region

  • Lake Bolac itself is 1460 hectare freshwater lake about six feet deep. Water activities such as fishing for yellow belly, redfin, perch or eel is common, boating is popular as well as swimming along the designated beaches.
  • To experience a rare out-of-town adventure, visit the Gampans Pure Sheep Dairy, watch sheep be milked daily from eight am or five pm and buy the finest sheep milk yoghurt and cheeses.
  • Aradale Ghost Tours are another popular attraction in the area. The tour is in the country’s largest abandoned asylum. Opened in 1867 the Ararat asylum houses tens of thousands of people who were titled lunatics, idiots or imbeciles. 13,000 people passed away in the Asylum and because of this tortured way of living and death is considered one of Australia’s most haunted locations. An hour’s drive from Lake Bolac, this Ghost Tour is a challenge for the brave.
  • Thirty-five minutes down the road is the historic town of Mortlake. Discover the unique jewellery that is created from green crystals that is from an olive volcanic mineral that is mined locally.


Accommodation At Lake Bolac

To really stay in a heart-felt home, seek holiday rentals for your next venture away from home. Holiday rentals offer close proximity to the places and attractions you want to visit. They also give you the opportunity to enjoy your own space, privacy and independence. The Lake Bolac Eel Festival will be one to add to your calendar, make sure you book enough time to checkout all the area has to offer.

Daylesford & Macedon Ranges Accommodation