Lake Wendouree

Lake Wendouree at sunset with a swan in the foreground

About Lake Wendouree

Lake Wendouree has been a community destination for the more than 150 years.

Located in central Ballarat next to the Ballarat Botanical Gardens and near Victoria Park, Lake Wendouree offers a wide range of attractions and recreational activities both on and off the water.

Facilities include the six-kilometre Steve Moneghetti running and walking track, cycling trails, playgrounds and excellent picnic and BBQ facilities. The lake offers opportunities for fishing, sailing and rowing. The world-class 2000 metre rowing course hosted rowing events at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games and remains a venue for school, club and high-level rowing and sailing competitions.

Lake Wendouree current conditions

The lake looking east towards the CBD from the west end. Automatically updated every 10 minutes.

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More information about current conditions at the lake can be found at the Lake Wendouree Dashboard

Features

  • Public toilets
  • BBQs
  • Playgrounds
  • Restaurants
  • Water pursuits including fishing
  • Rowing course
  • 6km walking track
  • Home of rowing in the 1956 Olympics

Paddle Boat Hire

There are 10 paddle boats for hire on Lake Wendouree. 

The paddle boats operate every day from 10am to 7pm, weather permitting, from the western side of Lake Wendouree, between the adventure playground and Pipers by the Lake

People 13 years and above can hire a boat. Boats fit two to four people depending on size. 

Pricing per 20-minutes of use

Couple with two children under five years of age or no children - $12

Couple with two children under 13 years of age - $15 

Rowing regatta regulations

City of Ballarat as the declared waterway manager for Lake Wendouree, makes the following declaration under section 203(3) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic). 

For the purposes of boating activity conducted by Rowing Victoria, persons and vessels involved in the Rowing Victoria Regattas on Lake Wendouree, as detailed in Table 1, are exempt from the following requirements: 

State Rules made under the Marine Act 1988 

1. Clause 2(c) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of another vessel; 
2. Clause 3(a) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of the waters’ edge. 

Waterway Rules made under the Marine Safety Act 2010 / Marine Act 1988 

3. Clause 42.1 of Schedule 42 – 5 knot speed restriction for all the waters of Lake Wendouree for vessels equipped with engines used for propulsion

Subject to the conditions detailed below:

Masters of rescue vessels must ensure they comply with the gazetted waterway rules and Marine Safety Act 2010 in respect to minimum speed and distance requirements, unless otherwise undertaking a rescue operation to retrieve persons in distress, provide for their initial medical or other needs and deliver them to a place of safety on shore.

  • Masters of competing vessels are only exempt from item 1 for the duration of the events. 
  • Masters of marshal/umpire vessels are only exempt from items 1 and 3 when following competing vessels in a race or at the conclusion of a race when returning to the start line for the next race and must not exceed the speed of a competing rowing vessel. 
  • Occupants of powered vessels used in conjunction with the event must wear a personal flotation device at all times during the event. 
  • The event is operating under the auspices of Rowing Victoria, including the Rowing Victoria Safety Management Plan, which meets the criteria of Clause 3 of the Exemption Notice made under the Marine Regulations 1999 in respect of the exemption for rowing vessels to not carry or wear a personal flotation device. 
  • The above exemptions apply for the dates, times and events detailed in Table 1, to the persons and vessels participating in the Rowing Victoria events within the exclusion zone waters on the whole of Lake Wendouree, provided the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the application form and associated documentation are adhered to. 

 

Lake Wendouree Events 2021-22

Date 

Event 

Times 

5 February 2022

RV 2022 Wendouree Ballarat Regatta

6am to 6pm
6 February 2022

RV 2022 Wendouree Ballarat Regatta

6am to 6pm
12 February 2022

RV 2022 Head of School Boys

6am to 6pm
13 February 2022

Ex-Prisoners of War Anniversary Service

5am to 6pm
13 February 2022

Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant

1pm to 5pm
19 February 2022

Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant

1pm to 5pm
26 February 2022

Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant

1pm to 5pm
27 February 2022

BAS Head of the Lake Regatta

6am to 3pm
3 March 2022

Memory Walk

7am to 11pm
5 March 2022

RV 2022 State Championship Regatta

6am to 6pm
6 March 2022

RV 2022 State Championship Regatta

6am to 6pm
12 March 2022

Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant

1pm to 5pm
19 March 2022

Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant

1pm to 5pm
26 March 2022

Concert

7am to 3pm
26 March 2022

Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant

1pm to 5pm
28 March 2022

Event RC

7am to 7pm
29 March 2022

Event RC

7am to 7pm
30 March 2022

Event RC

7am to 7pm
31 March 2022

Event RC

7am to 7pm
1 April 2022

Event RC

7am to 7pm
2 April 2022

RV 2022 Ballarat Masters Regatta

6am to 6pm
2 April 2022

Event RC

7am to 7pm
3 April 2022

Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant

1pm to 5pm
3 April 2022

Event RC

7am to 7pm
9 April 2022

Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant

1pm to 5pm
16 April 2022

Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant

1pm to 5pm
23 April 2022

Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant

1pm to 5pm
25 April 2022

ANZAC Day Wreath Laying

8am to 10am
30 April 2022

Ballarat Yacht Club Pennant

1pm to 5pm
1 May 2022

Ballarat Yacht Club Rubber Shield

10am to 5pm
7 May 2022

Ballarat Yacht Club Winter Series

1pm to 5pm
14 May 2022

Ballarat Yacht Club Winter Series

Australian Masters Rowing

1pm to 5pm
21 May 2022

Ballarat Yacht Club Winter Series

1pm to 5pm
28 May 2022

Ballarat Yacht Club Popeye Race

1pm to 5pm

20 August 2022

Victorian 15km Road Race  9am to 6pm

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