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Lakes & Rivers

Fresh water, fishing and fun

Rivers and creeks, lakes and waterfalls - if you’re planning a trip to the High Country, better bring your bathers. Five rivers and countless creeks run down these hills and along these valleys offering fishing, swimming, canoeing and kayaking. High Country lakes are popular with families who love the fresh water and offer plenty of opportunity for fun. Wakeboarding, water-skiing and boating are just for starters.

Fly-fishing in the High Country

The Delatite, Jamieson,  Howqua and Goulburn rivers offer some of the finest fly-fishing in Australia complete with gorgeous scenery, unspoilt banks and bright blue kingfishers right alongside you. If you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of an angler fishing High Country style - on horseback. Horses, so the legend goes, don’t scare off the fish.

The Howqua - a unique river

Featured in the ABC TV production, A River Somewhere, The Howqua is a Victorian Heritage river and a fly-fishing icon. On this stretch of water, billionaires tangle lines with local anglers. Fishing here is an experience not to be missed. If you’re new to the sport, drop into one of the local outfitters for gear and advice.

Howqua River Greenstone
The Howqua has always been significant to the High Country. It was once a major trade route across the Great Dividing Range for the local, Taungurung speaking people. Greenstone quarried from this area has been found as far away as Adelaide.

Lake Eildon

Lake Eildon is Victoria’s largest inland lake and despite the recent years of drought, the lake still offers great fishing, wakeboarding and houseboating. Drive the Skyline Road for marvellous views across the lake’s finger bays. But if you have a little time, then the best way to experienceLake Eildon is from the water. Hirea tinnie for an afternoon’s fishing.Or, better yet, unwind with a cruise around the lake aboard a houseboat. Most of the land around Lake Eildon is national park and there are plenty of private, unspoilt bays you can call your own. Locals will tell you this is one of the best ways to spot wildlife, such as kangaroos and wallabies as they come down to the lake to drink. Sublime.

Wakeboarding and water-skiing
Few thrills compare with the speed and spray of wakeboarding- so called because you jump thewake as you ride behind the boat. Lake Eildon offers a wakeboarding and water-skiing paradise thanks to its long straight stretches of water. There are plenty of spots to camp right on the lakeshore. For ideas and accommodation speak to the friendly staff at the Mansfield Visitor Information Centre.

Lake fishing - what’s on the end of the line?

Wondering what is biting in the High Country? If you’re fishing lakeside, look for Yellowbelly, Redfin, Carp, Brown Trout and even Murray Cod. You can fish from the shoreline or, for a peaceful afternoon, rent a tinnieand find yourself a secluded spot.

Recreational fishing licences

Don’t forget, you will need a licence to fish in the High Country. Licences are available online or from designated outlets. For information, go to

Lake Nillahcootie

With its grassy banks, great picnic facilities, BBQs and boat ramp, Lake Nillahcootie offers a different experience on water. This is a fun place to try sailing, canoeing, or simply enjoy a cooling afternoon beside the water. The lake is fed by the Broken River. It was originally dammed as a water catchment and there is a vineyard nearby.

Waterfalls and riverbanks

The High Country is dotted with green parks and swimming spots where you can pull over for a picnic and a refreshing swim in clear, cool mountain water. Particularly lovely places are the 'weir’ at Mirimbah - not actually a weir, but rather a built-up ledge perfect for swimming - and the grassy riverbanks in Jamieson Township. If you’re touring or bushwalking on Mt Stirling, lookout for Bindaree Falls - ten minutes walk off Circuit Road. It’s a pretty spot for a rest and a snack. Lake Cobbler and Dandongadale Falls- Victoria’s highest falls - are also pleasant places to stop.

Want to know more? Ready to plan your trip?

Discover what the High Country has to offer, speak to our friendly team for great ideas and efficient service.
Mansfield-Mt Buller High Country Reservations.
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