The freshwater lake was created approximately 20,000 years ago. The lake is the result of the natural formation of a dam from lava flows. The lake is enormous and covers 1460 hectares. When full, Lake Bolac is about 6-7 feet deep and is a popular tourist area, particularly for boating.
This year, the Lake Bolac Eel festival theme is aptly named Return to Country. This beautiful location honours the current and past elders. The event is a well loved occasion by family and friends.
The Art Exhibition opens on Friday evening from 6pm and features Richard Weatherly. This will be followed by dinner in the Lake Bolac Hotel with Leah Flanagan performing. Bookings for dinner are essential. Please contact the hotel on 03 5350 2303 to book.
Saturday kicks off from 11am with something for all members of the family. There will be live music until late, a busker's stage, twilight celebration, workshops, Punjabi dancing, displays, craft and produce market stalls and plenty of children's activities. Stallholders are welcome.
The music line-up includes Neil Murray with Sammy Butcher, Shane Howard, Carus Thompson, Leah Flanagan, Tom Richardson, Miles 2 Go Trio, The MikMaks and Brett Clarke. Put on your dancing shoes (or take them off) and get into the swing of things.
Lake Bolac is located on Glenelg Highway/Ararat-Mortlake Road, 50 kilometres south of Ararat and is within easy driving distance to The Grampians and The Great Ocean Road.
The festival program is still being finalised. For more information check out the website.
Tickets are $40 and adult, $70 family, U18 $15 and U12 Free. A $5 discount applies to all tickets booked online. Remember to bring your own festival chair or camping available.
Note that the Healing Walk will be based at the Lake Bolac East Beach with communal cooking. Walkers need to arrive on Wednesday afternoon, March 12th. Please contact Lou Hollis 0408 527 670.