Lauriston Reservoir is a deep, domestic water storage on the Coliban River, surrounded by forest and farmland.
Fishing is the most popular activity at Lauriston Reservoir, although many people visit simply to enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings. The reservoir is perfect for photography and landscape painting, and is popular with birdwatchers.
Lauriston Reservoir fishing
Bank fishing and fishing from kayaks, canoes and small portable craft is permitted.
The banks are relatively bare and have little vegetation because of the large regular fluctuations in water level. Vehicle access is limited and walking is required to reach most areas of the lake, if you don’t have a kayak or canoe.
Lauriston Reservoir contains Redfin, brown trout, Macquarie perch, Murray cod, golden perch (Yellow belly) and roach. The reservoir is stocked regularly with Brown trout, Murray cod and golden perch yearlings. Anglers can fish using flies, baits or lures.
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Fishing licences can be purchased at the Kyneton Newsagency in High Street, Malmsbury General Store or at the Woodend Visitor Information Centre. Fishing licences can also be purchased online. If you are aged between 18 years – 70 years, you will require a fishing licence. Seniors, pension cardholders and some traditional owner groups do not require a licence.
For further information about licences and fishing seasons, please refer to the Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide (available at Visitor Information Centres) or the Victorian Fisheries Authority.
Canoe and kayak Access
Visit Coliban Water for a map on access points for kayaks, canoes and small portable craft.
There are recreational areas with picnic tables (some with shade cloth), a children’s playground, walking tracks and toilets.
Car parking is provided and electric barbecues are free of charge. There are also destinated picnic areas where you can set up your own barbecue.
Important notes for visitors
- Dogs are permitted but must remain on a leash
- Camping, off-road driving and swimming is prohibited. All of these activities pose an unacceptable risk to water quality
- Open fires are not permitted
- Please keep to the designated walkways and recreational areas to avoid the danger of abandoned mine shafts, steep slopes and cliffs, uneven footing and trees that drop their branches
- Remember to remove all rubbish thoughtfully to prevent polluting our waterways
History of Lauriston Reservoir
The reservoir was constructed in the period of 1938-41. Kyneton’s water supply originally came from the Little Coliban River with two reservoirs at Fern Hill. The system now provides 100% of Tylden’s water with the majority of water for Kyneton being pumped from the Lauriston Reservoir.
How to get to Lauriston Reservoir
Head along Mollison Street towards the Kyneton train station. Cross the train tracks and take the first right onto Lauriston Reservoir Road. Follow this all the way along to the end where you’ll reach a T-junction. Turn left here into Keegan Road, which leads directly to the reservoir entrance.
When to visit:
Recreational areas are open 8am till dusk all year round. We occasionally close recreational areas for maintenance works and for safety during high wind or heavy rain.
- Picnic Facilities
- Public Toilets