Lake Wendouree

Lake Wendouree at sunset with a swan in the foreground

About Lake Wendouree

Lake Wendouree has been a community destination for the more than 150 years.

Located in central Ballarat next to the Ballarat Botanical Gardens and near Victoria Park, Lake Wendouree offers a wide range of attractions and recreational activities both on and off the water.

Facilities include the six-kilometre Steve Moneghetti running and walking track, cycling trails, playgrounds and excellent picnic and BBQ facilities. The lake offers opportunities for fishing, sailing and rowing. The world-class 2000 metre rowing course hosted rowing events at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games and remains a venue for school, club and high-level rowing and sailing competitions.

Lake Wendouree current conditions

The lake looking east towards the CBD from the west end. Automatically updated every 10 minutes.

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More information about current conditions at the lake can be found at the Lake Wendouree Dashboard

Features

  • Public toilets
  • BBQs
  • Playgrounds
  • Restaurants
  • Water pursuits including fishing
  • Rowing course
  • 6km walking track
  • Home of rowing in the 1956 Olympics

Paddle Boat Hire

There are 10 paddle boats for hire on Lake Wendouree. 

The paddle boats operate every day from 10am to 7pm, weather permitting, from the western side of Lake Wendouree, between the adventure playground and Pipers by the Lake

People 13 years and above can hire a boat. Boats fit two to four people depending on size. 

Pricing per 20-minutes of use

Couple with two children under five years of age or no children - $12

Couple with two children under 13 years of age - $15 

Rowing regatta regulations

City of Ballarat as the declared waterway manager for Lake Wendouree, makes the following declaration under section 203(3) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic). 

For the purposes of boating activity conducted by Rowing Victoria, persons and vessels involved in the Rowing Victoria Regattas on Lake Wendouree, as detailed in Table 1, are exempt from the following requirements: 

State Rules made under the Marine Act 1988 

1. Clause 2(c) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of another vessel; 
2. Clause 3(a) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of the waters’ edge. 

Waterway Rules made under the Marine Safety Act 2010 / Marine Act 1988 

3. Clause 42.1 of Schedule 42 – 5 knot speed restriction for all the waters of Lake Wendouree for vessels equipped with engines used for propulsion

Subject to the conditions detailed below:

Masters of rescue vessels must ensure they comply with the gazetted waterway rules and Marine Safety Act 2010 in respect to minimum speed and distance requirements, unless otherwise undertaking a rescue operation to retrieve persons in distress, provide for their initial medical or other needs and deliver them to a place of safety on shore.

  • Masters of competing vessels are only exempt from item 1 for the duration of the events. 
  • Masters of marshal/umpire vessels are only exempt from items 1 and 3 when following competing vessels in a race or at the conclusion of a race when returning to the start line for the next race and must not exceed the speed of a competing rowing vessel. 
  • Occupants of powered vessels used in conjunction with the event must wear a personal flotation device at all times during the event. 
  • The event is operating under the auspices of Rowing Victoria, including the Rowing Victoria Safety Management Plan, which meets the criteria of Clause 3 of the Exemption Notice made under the Marine Regulations 1999 in respect of the exemption for rowing vessels to not carry or wear a personal flotation device. 
  • The above exemptions apply for the dates, times and events detailed in Table 1, to the persons and vessels participating in the Rowing Victoria events within the exclusion zone waters on the whole of Lake Wendouree, provided the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the application form and associated documentation are adhered to. 

Marine Safety Act 2010 
Section 208(2) 

NOTICE OF BOATING ACTIVITY EXCLUSION ZONE 

City of Ballarat as the declared waterway manager for Lake Wendouree hereby gives notice under section 208(2) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) that all persons and vessels not registered to take part in the Rowing Victoria Lake Wendouree Regattas 2022-2023 are prohibited from entering and remaining in the following waters. 

Waters of Lake Wendouree – Entire Lake.  

2023/24 Lake Wendouree Events

Start Date Start Time End Time Event Location Lake Closed Roads Closed
3/02/2024 6:00am 6:00pm Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Regatta Lake Yes No
4/02/2024 6:00am 6:00pm Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Regatta Lake Yes No
10/02/2024 6:00am 1:00pm RV Head of School Boys Regatta Lake Yes No
10/02/2024 6:00am 2:00pm Lakeside Farmers Market  Nursery Drive Lake Wendouree No No
11/02/2024 11:00am 1:00pm Ex-POW Memorial 20th Anniversary Ex-POW Memorial No No
11/02/2024 6:00am 2:00pm American Chrome & Coffee  North Gardens No No
17/02/2024 1:00pm 5:00pm Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant Lake No No
18/02/2024 12:00am 11:59pm Ballarat Cycle Classic Windmill Drive No Yes
24/02/2024 1:00pm 5:00pm Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant Lake No No
24/02/2024 6:00am 2:00pm Lakeside Farmers Market  Nursery Drive Lake Wendouree No No
25/02/2024 6:00am 1:00pm BAS Head of Lake Lake Yes Yes
1/03/2024 6:00am 1:00pm Victorian Rowing Championships Lake Yes No
2/03/2024 6:00am 1:00pm Victorian Rowing Championships Lake Yes No
3/03/2024 6:00am 1:00pm Victorian Rowing Championships Lake Yes No
9/03/2024 1:00pm 5:00pm Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant Lake No No
9/03/2024 6:00am 2:00pm Lakeside Farmers Market  Nursery Drive Lake Wendouree No No
9/03/2024 12:00am 11:49pm Ballarat Begonia Festival  Ballarat Botanical Gardens No No
10/03/2024 1:00pm 5:00pm Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant Lake No No
10/03/2024 12:00am 11:49pm Ballarat Begonia Festival  Ballarat Botanical Gardens No No
11/03/2024 1:00pm 5:00pm Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant Lake No No
11/03/2024 12:00am 11:49pm Ballarat Begonia Festival  Ballarat Botanical Gardens No Yes
16/03/2024 1:00pm 5:00pm Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant Lake No No
23/03/2024 6:00am 2:00pm Lakeside Farmers Market  Nursery Drive Lake Wendouree No No
23/03/2024 6:00am 6:00pm Two Fly Fly fishing Lake Yes No
23/03/2024 6:00am 6:00pm Two Fly Fly fishing Lake Yes No
23/03/2024 1:00pm 5:00pm Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant Lake No No
24/03/2024 6:00am   Harmony by the Lake View point No No
30/03/2024 6:00am 6:00pm ZZOCM 50th Anniversary  Nursery Drive Lake Wendouree No No
6/04/2024 1:00pm 5:00pm Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant Lake No No
13/04/2024 1:00pm 5:00pm Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant Lake No No
13/04/2024 6:00am 2:00pm Lakeside Farmers Market  Nursery Drive Lake Wendouree No No
18/04/2024 12:30pm 3:45pm Damascus Lap of Lake St Patricks Point No No
20/04/2024 1:00pm 5:00pm Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant Lake No No
20/04/2024 12:00pm 6:00pm BRAC Lake Relays Durham Point No No
21/04/2024 6:00am 2:00pm Memory Walk Windmill Drive No No
24/04/2024 12:00pm 3:00pm Ballarat Grammar Lap of the Lake Lake No No
27/04/2024 6:00am 11:59pm Ballarat Marathon Lake No Yes
27/04/2024 6:00am 2:00pm Lakeside Farmers Market  Nursery Drive Lake Wendouree No No
28/04/2024 12:01am 6:00pm Ballarat Marathon Lake No No
28/04/2024 12:00am 8:00pm Ballarat Marathon Lake No Yes
4/05/2024 1:00pm 5:00pm Ballarat Yacht Club Winter Series Lake No No
11/05/2024 1:00pm 5:00pm Ballarat Yacht Club Winter Series Lake No No
11/05/2024 6:00am 2:00pm Lakeside Farmers Market  Nursery Drive Lake Wendouree No No
18/05/2024 1:00pm 5:00pm Ballarat Yacht Club Winter Series Lake No No
25/05/2024 1:00pm 5:00pm Ballarat Yacht Club Winter Series Lake No No
25/05/2024 6:00am 2:00pm Lakeside Farmers Market  Nursery Drive Lake Wendouree No No
25/05/2024 12:00pm 6:00pm BRAC Lap of Lake St Patrick's Point No No
27/05/2024 1:00pm 5:00pm Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant Lake No No
1/06/2024 10:00am 4:00pm Ballarat Yacht Club Popeye Race Lake No No
8/06/2024 6:00am 2:00pm Lakeside Farmers Market  Nursery Drive Lake Wendouree No No
22/06/2024 6:00am 2:00pm Lakeside Farmers Market  Nursery Drive Lake Wendouree No No
13/07/2024 6:00am 2:00pm Lakeside Farmers Market  Nursery Drive Lake Wendouree No No
27/07/2024 6:00am 2:00pm Lakeside Farmers Market  Nursery Drive Lake Wendouree No No
4/08/2024 5:00am 1:00pm AV 15km Road Championship Windmill Drive No Yes
10/08/2024 6:00am 2:00pm Lakeside Farmers Market  Nursery Drive Lake Wendouree No No
24/08/2024 6:00am 2:00pm Lakeside Farmers Market  Nursery Drive Lake Wendouree No No
14/09/2024 6:00am 2:00pm Lakeside Farmers Market  Nursery Drive Lake Wendouree No No
28/09/2024 6:00am 12:00pm Lakeside Farmers Market  Nursery Drive Lake Wendouree No No