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Bostock Reservoir

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Shaws Road, Ballan VIC 3342

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  • Free electric barbecues
  • Undercover areas
  • Picnic tables
  • Rubbish bins
  • Toilets
  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Mountain bike riding
  • Birdwatching
Bostock Reservoir is a gorgeous fishing and picnic destination in Ballan, where stunning scenery is accompanied by excellent visitor facilities. 

A picnic area featuring multiple undercover barbecues and picnic tables sits along the shore of the reservoir, providing an amazing destination for family fishing trips. Walking and birdwatching are also popular here.

On calm days when the water is still the pine trees which surround the lake reflect in the water like a mirror image, much like at the beautiful St George's Lake in Creswick, creating a great opportunity for photographers.

Please note that swimming is not permitted at Bostock Reservoir. 

The Ballan Mineral Spring is also located along Shaws Road, just before you reach the reservoir.

Picnics at Bostock Reservoir

There are multiple undercover picnic areas situated between the shore of Bostock Reservoir and the large gravel parking area off Shaws Road. Several sheltered barbecues are complemented by a collection of picnic tables, each with nice views over the water. There is plenty of space for several groups to enjoy the picnic facilities at once. 

Visitor facilities at Bostock Reservoir

Bostock Reservoir is well equipped with visitor facilities, including: 
  • Undercover areas
  • Free barbecues
  • Picnic tables (both undercover and out in the sun)
  • Rubbish bins
  • Toilets
  • Large gravel parking area

Fishing at Bostock Reservoir

Bostock Reservoir makes a fantastic family fishing destination due to the easy access and excellent visitor facilities on site. You can catch brown trout, rainbow trout, redfin, tench, carp, roach and eels here. Check out Fishing Mad for an in-depth guide to fishing at Bostock Reservoir. 

More information


  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • 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!


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