Goulburn Valley Vineyards and Lake Eildon
Driving through the Goulburn Valley, eventually we arrived at Lake Eildon, a very pretty area and a huge storage dam for the Goulburn Valley water supply. The dam is on the Goulburn River. This area is a very important wine and fruit-growing region in Victoria. Vines and more vines! Vineyards producing good quality wines – Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Marsanne, Verdelho, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon. So many to choose. All the favorite stone fruits are also grown in this region, apricots, nectarines, peaches, and plums etc. Vineyards and orchards are nearly all irrigated from Lake Eildon storage.
About Lake Eildon
- Originally known as Sugarloaf Reservoir; constructed between 1915 and 1929.
- Storage capacity of Reservoir modified in 1925 and again in 1935;
- Storage increased to 377,000ML, to meet growing demand for water in Goulburn Valley.
- Storage capacity considered limited if drought conditions prevail.
- Feasibility study undertaken 1951.
- Enlargement of existing dam site completed 1955, dam renamed Lake Eildon.
- Lake capacity increased to 3,334,158ML, six times the size of Sydney Harbor.
- Lake Eildon has 540 km of shoreline.
Barbeque and fishing- beautiful Lake Eildon
Arriving at Lake Eildon around lunch time; note the women set up the food and started the barbecue while the men went fishing? Wouldn’t you know it? A very nice picnic area provided undercover with tables, seating and nice clean barbeques, easy to lite, easy to clean, and easy to cook on.
It was a great spot for a picnic and a bit of fishing. A handy fishing pier with wheelchair access; there is fishing along the river banks; seating along the bank to sit and enjoy the view. Lake Eildon is a beautiful area, very picturesque.
Fishing and Houseboats
Past the bridge we spotted two fly fisherman. On the opposite bank people were fishing too. Apparently there is fishing all year round at the lake. A variety of fish such as brown trout, rainbow trout, red-fin, perch and Murray cod to name a few species, are an attraction for anglers at Lake Eildon.
Lake Eildon is open to fishing boats, motor boats, water ski-ing etc. It has three main boat ramps available on the ‘Eildon side’ of the lake. Houseboats are for hire at designated Marinas.
Boating and houseboats became very popular after the dam enlargement in 1955. Now, there are over 700 houseboats on Lake Eildon, would you believe! The houseboats range from standard houseboats with basic facilities, up to spacious two-story luxury houseboats for hire.
At Eildon Visitor Information Center in Main Street you will find an early example of the houseboat “Mimi Jane”. It is interesting to compare the “Mimi Jane” with the sleek style of present day houseboats. What a difference!
Steak and sausages
Steak and sausages were well cooked by this time. The aroma of barbequed steaks lured the fisherman back to camp; alas, they returned empty-handed. We all enjoyed the barbecue and a pleasant afternoon at Lake Eildon. The menfolk fished for an hour or so after lunch. Walking along the river bank admiring the view, I could see golden wattle trees coming into full bloom. It would be a glorious sight in a few days against the backdrop of the lake and purple mountains.
Vineyards and Houseboats
It had been a lovely day. This would make great weekend trip. Take a day to enjoy wine at the vineyards in the Yarra Valley. An overnight stay would be nice as there is plenty of good accommodation available in the region. Complete the journey next day with a visit to Lake Eildon. A picnic at the Lake, a spot of fishing, so much fun in such a beautiful spot. Not forgetting the houseboats, a few days on a houseboat in such an idyllic place would be so relaxing, perhaps one should make this trip a very long weekend. All this, and only 90k from Melbourne city.
Returning to Melbourne via Alexandria, Yea and Seymour (340), came across this truck crawling along the highway with hazard lights flashing, thought it was on fire at first sight; smoke pouring out of its chimney stack. We slowed to see if the driver needed any help, but he signaled us to go on, so perhaps it wasn’t as bad as it looked. It actually looked pretty scary! Hope the man got home safely.
Melbourne sunshine – a rare pleasure in winter
Melbourne turned on the sunshine for my last weekend in Doreen. After three weeks of gloomy weather it was so nice to see the sun and take in the Yarra Valley, Goulburn Valley, vineyards, wineries, and picturesque Lake Eildon. Now back to tropical north Queensland….
- Yarra Valley Vines and Grape Vines – National Park
- Great Egret an elegant white bird
- Melbourne Suburbs-Doreen-Melbourne
- Greensborough Victoria a pleasant place to visit
- Flinders Street Station Melbourne City
- My Favourite Places to Visit Despite the Melbourne Weather
- Skydeck 88 Experience
- Melbourne Attractions
- The Melbourne Zoo
- Places to visit-Melbourne City Australia
- Melbourne City Tours
- Titanic-The Artefact Exhibition at Melbourne Museum
- Caves of kampong trach kampot caves
- Tonle (lake) Bati – Hindu Temple of Phnom Chisor
- Dinkelsbuhl – Medieval fortifications
- Rothenburg – a beautiful medieval town
- Traditional homes country Cambodia
- Temple of Ta Prohm Takeo
- A Mekong cruise on the mighty Mekong River