Small lakeside settlement west of Ballarat
Lake Bolac is a small settlement located beside
a 1460-ha freshwater lake 100 km west of
Ballarat on the Glenelg Highway and 211 km
north-west of Melbourne. Cropping and grazing
are the mainstays of the local economy.
Things to see:
Lake Bolac is a 1460-ha freshwater, tree-lined
lake with a 20-km shoreline, sandy beaches and
numerous campsites. It is well stocked with
trout, yellowbelly, eels, redfin and perch.
Boating, sailing, windsurfing and duck-shooting
are other attractions. There are picnic areas
with electric barbecues, a caravan park, a
sporting and recreation complex near the lake
shore, boat ramps, safe swimming beaches and
camping facilities. A 4-day yachting regatta is
held every Easter and the Lake Bolac Hotel
offers a bi-monthly prize for the biggest fish
and an annual prize for the biggest eel.
Access to the eastern beach is via a road
which heads south off the Glenelg Highway a few
kilometres east of the town. There is a reserve
and a picnic-camping ground with plenty of pine
trees for shade. This is a good spot for fishing
and for just enjoying the vista of the lake and
To access the western shore head south of
town on the road to Mortlake. Turn left at the
Western Lake entrance and follow the shore.
Aboriginal relics such as fish traps, burial
sites and middens have been found around the
Lake Bolac Hotel
Dating back to 1862 and built of bluestone, the
Lake Bolac Hotel is located at the western end
of town, on the Glenelg Highway.
The Glenelg Gallery is located on the Glenelg
Highway, adjacent the Lake Bolac police station.
The works of local artist Pat Veale are on sale
most days, tel: (03) 5350 2309.
12 km west of town along the Glenelg Highway is
Wickliffe situated on the Hopkins River. On the
right are some bluestone cottages and the
Uniting Church which was built in 1861.
Here too is 'Narrapumulap', a gracious and
beautiful French Gothic homestead built
1873-1878. The mansion's dominant feature is a
beautiful bluestone tower. Wrought iron gates
open onto a carriageway surrounded by fine
9 km due north of Wickliffe, on the right-hand
side of the road to Willaura, is Greenvale
homestead (1850s) where farmstay accommodation
is available, tel: (03) 5354 1343.
18 km north at Willaura is the Willaura Hotel
which dates from the first decade of the 20th
century. Over the road is the railway station
which is to be converted into a local history
museum. The old-style bakehouse oven dates from
the 19th century and is still in use for the
production of comestibles. It can be viewed on