The 2020 Lake Bolac Eel Festival will be held on the weekend of the 21st March, 2020

2020 Festival Launch – 27th October 2019

We will be officially launching the 2020 Festival on Sunday October 27th, 2019 at an informal Spring picnic at the beautiful native grassland reserve at 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.  If you can join us from 11am – 2pm please bring some picnic food and a drink plus a musical instrument if you have one. Tea and coffee provided.  Wear sturdy shoes/boots as we plan to have a walk along the creek during the afternoon.

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.

All photos entered will be exhibited at the 2020 Lake Bolac Eel Festival

Further details can be found at the GHCMA website.

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”.