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Lake Burrumbeet Dobsons Lane Boat Ramp

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Dobsons Lane, Burrumbeet VIC

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  • Fishing
  • Boat ramp
  • Shady trees
A great place for boating and fishing, this boat ramp at Lake Burrumbeet is located off Dobsons Lane and offers scenic views across the lake. 

Large trees provide shade along the shore, a great place to set up camp chairs or a picnic blanket.

Visitor facilities

The only thing provided at this spot is the boat ramp. 

There are no picnic tables so pack some camp chairs/tables to bring along with you. 

There are no rubbish bins here either, visitors must take their rubbish with them when they leave. 


You'll find plenty of great spots along the shore of the lake to settle in for an afternoon of fishing! Common fish caught at Lake Burrumbeet include carp, redfin, trout, eels and roach.


This spacious free campground lies over the other side of the lake from the Dobsons Lane boat ramp.

Free camping is permitted along the lake's foreshore at the Lake Burrumbeet Foreshore Camping Area, over on the other side of the lake. 

There you'll find plenty of shady spots beneath the large trees to set up your camp chair and relax, while keeping an eye out for the Lake's many resident pelicans. 

Information and History of Lake Burrumbeet

Lake Burrumbeet is a shallow but large lake, situated twenty kilometres west of Ballarat and surrounded by grazing land. 

The largest of four shallow lakes in the Ballarat region, Lake Burrumbeet covers approximately twenty four square kilometres.

Before the 19th century European settlement of the area, Lake Burrumbeet was frequented by the Burrumbeet balug clan of the Wada wurrung people. 

The name "Burrumbeet" is derived from the aboriginal word burrumbidj which means "muddy or dirty water". 

There are many aboriginal camp sites around the lake, and artifacts and tools have been discovered on the northern shore. 

The area was settled in the late 1830s by the Learmonth brothers, who took up the Ercildoun squatting run north of Lake Burrumbeet. 

Lake Burrumbeet was also the scene of a tragic accident when a Ballarat Aero Club Cessna crashed into the lake in 1965. 

The plane was carrying a pilot and three passengers. Two were killed when the plane crashed one and a half kilometres from the shore. 

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