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Wednesday, 17 May 2006

Bonnie Doon is kick-back central

Eildon views from the Mt Pinninger scenic road
Eildon views from the Mt
Pinninger scenic road


Bonnie Doon has a proven ability to provided genuine stress relief for jaded city people. The small town is situated in North East Victoria on the edge of Lake Eildon. It is best known as a holiday/weekend destination for waterskiiers, fisherman and boat enthusiasts.

About two and a half hours easy driving from the Melbourne CBD it is a "kick-back" location with plenty to do if that is what takes your fancy. Bonnie Doon offers camping, fishing, water skiing and boating, sailing, scenic drives, bowls, golf, horse riding, bush walking, swimming and tennis.

Family  Parks of Australia chain member Bonnie Doon Caravan Park is worth a stay. It is peaceful, natural and powered sites run from $22 to $35 a day. The range of cabins runs from  $65 to $85 a day off  peak. Children can be introduced to possums. The park has a pet friendly policy (off-peak). As is the case in most caravan parks which welcome friendly pets they may not be taken into the caravan park's cabins, but if they come in their own accommodation, fine.

Bonnie Doon Caravan Park has an adventure playground, nine-hole pitch and put golf course, sauna and ski drying room, tennis courts, covered  barbecue area and a fully-stocked kiosk with takeaway available.

About 20 minutes from Mansfield and an hour from the Victorian snowfields Bonnie Doon Caravan Park is a good base camp for water sports in summer and snow skiing or fishing in the winter. Add to that the excellent wineries of the surrounding High Country and life gets really pleasant.

Bonnie Doon Caravan Park also caters for weddings, parties, family reunions and groups who just enjoy being together in a beautiful bit of Australia.
Anglers keep coming back
Anglers keep coming back


Bonnie Doon has a small population, but in holiday periods it swells to several times its normal size. There are three caravan/camping parks in and around the town and one hotel which is situated on the waters edge.

There is plenty of water in the reservoir for water sports. Bonnie Doon is on Brankeet Inlet, which is on the northern extremity of Lake Eildon.

Originally called Doon, the township was on the Brankeet Creek. The name was changed to Bonnie Doon shortly before 1900, and in 1956 the town was moved to higher ground when Lake Eildon was enlarged.
Great country
Great country


The name "Doon" was given by an early settler, Thomas Nixon, probably after the Doon Loch in Scotland. Selectors took up land at Bonnie Doon in the 1870s. Bonnie Doon is on the Maroondah Highway just west of where the Bonnie Doon Bridge crosses the Brankeet Inlet. Beside the road bridge is the railway, which ceased to be used in 1978.

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Good  fishing
Good fishing


Good dirt road on the Mt Pinninger Loop, near Eildon
Good dirt road on the
Mt Pinninger Loop, near Eildon
Scenic Drives
Scenic Drives
Millie Lee and Garth
Millie Lee and Garth
Guiness is certainly good for you
Guiness is certainly good for you
Good story
Good story


Bonnie Doon Caravan Park
Bonnie Doon Caravan Park
The ideal Park to enjoy all watersports
Close to Lake Eildon & Mansfield
Pets allowed on sites.
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