Lake Wendouree


Swimming is not allowed in Lake Wendouree unless approved as an element of an event endorsed by Council, Department of Health and the Environment Protection Authority.  

NOTE - Please view the Notice Of Boating Activity Exclusion Zone. Also note the schedule of events for specific dates and times.


Lake Wendouree has been a major social destination for residents for the past 150 years.

The Lake has a surface area of 220 hectars, circumference of 6 km and capacity of 3,860 megalitres. 

Lake Wendouree is situated in the centre of Ballarat and offers a wide range of attractions and recreational activities including the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Steve Moneghetti walking and running track, cycling trails, bird watching, indigenous playground and excellent picnic and BBQ facilities. 

The City of Ballarat and partners have successfully implemented a storm water harvesting project which, inconjunction with the heavy January rains, has refilled the lake and ensured the lakes water supply into the future.

With the refilling of the Lake, aquatic recreational activities including rowing, canoeing and sailing have returned to the lake. Council has secured the 2014 World Masters Rowing event, Grand Prix Canoeing events and suported the staging of the 2012 Head of the Lake Schools Rowing Regatta.

The Lake has been stocked with 90,000 rainbow trout and fishing will return to the Lake when the fish are mature.