The Lake Bolac Eel Festival Committee postponed the 13th Lake Bolac Eel Festival, scheduled for March 20th and 21st 2020. This decision was made in line with medical advice in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.

The 13th Lake Bolac Eel Festival will now be held on the weekend of the 20th March, 2021. The Art Auction will be held on Friday the 19th March, and the main Festival day on Saturday the 20th March 2021. We thank you for your support and understanding.

All ticket holders have been contacted with many opting to retain their tickets for 2021.  We plan to retain as much as possible of the advertised 2020 program but there may be some changes because of the postponement.  We will let you know when new tickets become available.

Wetland Photo competition – in conjunction with GHCMA

Did you know the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment area has 44% of the total wetland areas in Victora? It means they are pretty special places and the 2020 Lake Bolac Eel Festival, in conjunction with GHCMA, are celebrating them with a photo competition aimed at capturing these environmental, social and community assets. Spring is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the wetland areas – it is when they are at their wettest, and their most beautiful with birdlife, invertebrates, flowers and plants.

Further details can be found at the GHCMA website.

2020 Festival Launch – 27th October 2019

We officially launched the 2020 Festival on Sunday October 27th, 2019 with a Spring picnic at the beautiful native grassland reserve in Woorndoo.  Woorndoo is just down the road from Lake Bolac and is situated on the banks of the Salt Creek, the waterway that is vital to eel migration to and from Lake Bolac.  Thanks to all those who made it along!

A Special Place

Lake Bolac is a sacred site – a gathering has happened here for tens of thousands of years. In the eel migration season our great clans gathered for special and important business, especially the exchange of ceremony, marriage and lore and despite the enormous challenges our people have faced, we are still here.

Today, the festival continues to bring people from all walks of life out on to country to gather by the water on sacred lands – to this place where we share, learn, remember and we celebrate. A place where we meet in friendship.


“What an amazing vibe. The little festival with a big, beautiful heart!”

“It was sensational, we had the best time; relaxing, inspiring, creative, friendly environment, a good time for the whole family”.

“A truly moving and revelatory experience. Thank you”.

“A welcoming and friendly atmosphere! Lots of great people happy to talk, share and get involved”.