Lilydale Lake
Lilydale Lake
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Lillydale Lake is open at all times and has a range of facilities and activities to suit everyone, including an all-abilities playground, outdoor fitness station, walking tracks, wetlands, fishing jetties, BBQ's, picnic shelters, sandy beach areas and public toilets. Come along and have a picnic or barbecue, take a walk around the 28 hectare lake, or watch your children enjoy the sandy beaches and expansive lawns. Entry is free.
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The Wandering Reviewer
Melbourne, Australia9,711 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
As you may have noticed, the township of Lilydale and Lillydale Lake have different spelling. I grew up here and went to the local high school and there was always some conjecture of the different spelling we'd see around. The Lake wasn't build then, but it's interesting that they've retained the original spelling of the former Lillydale Shire.
The lake is artificial and has a number of wetland areas around it including to the south at Bellbird Park as well as the Olinda Creek Wetlands (Hull Road Wetlands). The park itself is over 100 hectares and within the boundary has multiple facilities available.
The vastness of the open grassy area is immediately attractive and you'll find picnic groups on the weekend here kicking a football, soccer ball or invested in a game of cricket.
Many people come here to walk the 10kms + as there are a number of paths around the 28 hectare lake. Make your way to the 400+ metre long dam wall. Interesting. Also there are the ruins of the Cashin's four mill still standing at the northern end of the dam, dating back to the 1850's.
The facilities include a community room, a massive all-abilities, playground that should keep any curious child happy, fitness stations, toilet facilities, barbecues and plenty of picnic tables, chairs and rubbish bins. Plenty and I mean plenty of parking available. Just obey the signs.
For those people into non-powered boating, there is a boat launching ramp as well. Note that there is a maximum of 4.5m length with a keel depth of up to 1m permitted on the Lake.
Fishing jetty is a nice addition. Plus there are a couple of quite generous sized sandy beaches that are a lovely spot by the water for resting, relaxing or playing.
On the weekend I was visiting, there was one food vendor vendor selling baked potatoes.
Dog owners are welcome with two areas you can have your dog off leash. Just please pick up the poop.
Lillydale Lake is open 24/7 and it's a great chance to enjoy this beautiful facility that is surrounded by many native Australian plants and shrubs.

Written February 10, 2020
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Evolution Time
Melbourne, Australia2,286 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
The Lilydale Lake was completed in June 1990 and covers 28000m2 within a 100000m2 park. The main dam wall spans 440m with an average water depth of 3m. There is a huge play ground, fishing sections and lots of great flat walkways to explore new this wonderful lake and surrounding park. Parking is easy and best done in the East side of the lake near the play ground and all other amenities.
There is more work in progress and for anybody living nature, even though helped along by us humans a great place to visit.
Written August 2, 2020
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Charmzy
Melbourne, Australia165 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Took my wife and our newborn to visit lilydale lake as I spent much of my childhood playing there. The playground has been revamped and there’s a great (very popular) water play area too. We went for a walk around the lake which is about 2.5km there’s some shaded seats on the way to stop and enjoy the view of the lake. Just as I remember from many years ago there was an ice cream truck there, not cheap as they never are ($6.50 for a basic choc dipped single cone) but it was a nice treat on a warm day. There was a coffee truck too which is always a win!

We will be take the kids back next week so they can have a play!
Written January 16, 2020
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia14,526 contributions
Nov 2020
After our drive to Maroondah Dam Reserve, my wife and I stopped here to have a look and a walk, on our way home to Melbourne.

It is a nice place for a walk. The Lake is serene to look at. The children's playground was very busy with kids having fun in the sun.
Written November 18, 2020
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Tommy A
45 contributions
Jun 2020 • Solo
Slept overnight in car. Toilet facilities are large but filthy. Toilet seat had to be cleaned. Had mould growing on the pee.

Plenty of paths, tables and chairs.

Street lights flood the parking area at night. Felt safe. Very busy during the day. Wasn't any patrolling officers and no signs to say you can't stay here.

Very noisy from main road noise including trucks with Jake brake even though you can't see vehicles.
Written June 21, 2020
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Chris B
Mansfield, Australia56 contributions
Apr 2014 • Family
This is a lovley scenic lake, with sand for kids to build castles, and paddle in lake, or feed ducks.
plenty of grass area for picnic, plus shelters to sit under and have a meal, also the play area is great for the kids, both young and older.
Written June 2, 2014
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Sheila R
Lilydale, Australia21 contributions
Sep 2014 • Family
We feel very fortunate to have Lilydale Lake on our doorstep, good for walking exercising and a very good play park for the grandchildren. There is very good parking and it is good to see so many people at the lake enjoying the benefits of the open spaces and facilities. The council have recently added more picnic tables and gazebos and at weekends and holidays there are always so many families enjoying barbecues and picnics. The small beach area is an attraction and watching the model sail boat clubs competing. There seems to be something for everybody. The only downside is the very irresponsible dog owners who do not pick up their pets poo around the walking track round the lake.
Written September 30, 2014
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GY_ILI
Melbourne, Australia273 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
We have been here a few times now. It is a fantastic place to go for a walk and then have a picnic lunch. Relax on beautiful grass or seating around the lake. It is a great place for couples or families to enjoy a few hours or the whole day.
Written April 23, 2019
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Matthew Trompf
Lilydale, Australia292 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
I enjoy going there for Fish and Chips with Aaron and Cherie. Also I enjoy feeding the magpies and playing on the swings.
Written May 2, 2018
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Debbi W
55 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
If you haven't checked this park out before, you're in for a treat. Hidden in amongst suburban developments, the lake itself is beautiful, with lots of water birds. There is a very accessible path around the lake edge (2.5 km), and side paths through wetlands. An excellent children's playground, off-lead area for dogs, lots of open space, plus a coffee van. And throw in the parkrun on Saturday mornings - what more could you want?
Written February 20, 2018
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