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Lions Club Park

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Creek Street, Avoca VIC 3467

Features

  • Playground
  • Undercover picnic area
  • Free electric BBQ
  • Picnic tables
  • Water tap
  • Toilets
  • Rubbish bins
  • Walking track
  • Cycling
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Birdwatching
The Lions Club Park in Avoca is located on the bank of the Avoca River, and is a great spot for camping, barbecues and picnics.

The playground is fantastic and includes swings, monkey bars, slides, toddler play area, shop front, and a large tunnel.

Beside the playground is a large gazebo with an electric barbecue, two picnic tables, and a water tap on the side. There is another picnic table located a short distance away in the camping area, surrounded by a cluster of beautiful trees.

The camping area is a large, clear, flat area between the barbecue/playground and the creek, and offers easy access for caravans.

The toilet block is located by the playground and has disabled access.

Beside the park entrance is a huge, slanted tree which is great for kids to clamber up.

Take a leisurely stroll along the Avoca River Nature Trail, which begins at this park and loops around the parklands alongside the river.

The following information is displayed on an information sign at the Lions Club Park:

The Avoca River flows a distance of 250km on a northerly course from Mt. Lonarch in the Great Dividing Range into the Ramsar-listed Kerang Lakes system at Lake Bael Bael (north of Quambatook).

This particular section of the Avoca River has been given the status of 'Reptresentative' by the North Central Catchment Management Authority. A representative river is a river in ecological healthy condition that can be used to represent the major river classes that once occurred naturally across Victoria.

Reach '7' as it is known, starts at the main bridge and is characteristically well-shaded by large river red gum and yellow gum species. The stream is generally rocky and shallow and provides excellent habitat for a diverse range of invertebrate fauna and small fish.

To ensure that this reach of the Avoca River is maintained, the Avoca Friends of the River Group is participating in the Department of Primary Industries Adopt-a-stream program and working with the North Central Catchment Management Authority. The riparian vegetation along the river is being protected and enhanced creating better habitat for both terrestrial and aquatic species and improved water quality.

Other activities to protect the river include the removal of weeds such as desert ash trees and spiny rush, fencing to eliminate stock access, planting of native trees, shrubs and grasses and installing large logs to improve in-stream habitat.

The Avoca Friends of the River Group encourage you to take a stroll along the nature trail and learn more about the environmental, cultural and social assets of the river. There is a diverse range of flora and fauna to look at and there are a number of great fishing holes to drop a line into. A series of interpretive signs are located along the trail which provide information about the river and seating is also provided in various locations.

Please help us look after our river
  • Take your rubbish home with you
  • Dogs must be on leashes
  • Clean up after your pets
  • No motorcycles along the track
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Bring fishing rods and try your luck catching fish in the river. The following information is displayed on an information sign on the Avoca River Nature Trail:

FISHING IN THE RIVER

The Avoca River contains a diverse range of native and introduced fish species. There are a number of good fishing holes along the river and you're encouraged to cast in a line and try your luck on one of the following species which are of interest to anglers.

Please ensure that you follow the necessary regulations which include minimum size limits, bag limits and closed seasons for different species. You will also require a Recreational Fishing Licence (unless you are exempt). For information on regulations and licence requirements refer to the Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide (www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fishing). Please make sure you take your rubbish with you.

Redfin Perch
Redfin are an introduced species that are widespread in Victoria. They are popular with anglers and renowned for their eating qualities.

European Carp
European carp were first introduced into Australian waters in the 1860's. They are identified as a noxious species in Victorian waterways. Carp must not be returned to the river alive.

Murray Cod
Murray cod are a large native species which prefer to reside around large logs and snags. Fisheries Victoria periodically stocks Murray cod into the Avoca River.

Golden Perch
Golden perch are also known as yellowbelly and prefer slower flowing backwaters around snags and vegetation. Fisheries Victoria periodically stocks golden perch into the Avoca River.

River Blackfish
River blackfish are a smaller species which prefers habitats with good instream cover such as woody depris, aquatic vegetation or boulders. They are nocturnal and more frequently caught at night.



DID YOU KNOW...

  • There are so many excellent playgrounds tucked away in little-known places. Take a look through this great list of playgrounds throughout the Victorian Goldfields.
  • Camping is a great way to explore the Victorian Goldfields. Many campgrounds are located close to interesting attractions and historic sites, and the Goldfields region is certainly not lacking in fascinating things to discover. 
  • There are hundreds of fantastic barbecue areas throughout the Victorian Goldfields. Some are in parks/playgrounds, others are scattered throughout the bush. Many barbecue areas are located alongside amazing attractions and walks, so go out for a barbecue and get exploring!
  • Kids love to climb! There are plenty of places throughout the Goldfields with great trees, rocks, fallen logs and more for kids to climb up, around and over.
 

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