The Lauriston Reservoir is a deep domestic water storage on the Coliban River surrounded by forest and farmland.  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.

There are recreational areas with picnic tables, open spaces, walking tracks and toilets. Many people visit simply to enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings. The picturesque settings are also perfect for photography and landscape painting, and are popular with birdwatchers.  Car parking is provided and electric barbecues are free of charge.  Dogs are permitted but must remain on a leash.

Bank fishing as well as 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.  It is popular angling water containing mostly redfin, brown trout, macquarie perch and roach all year round.  The reservoir is stocked regularly with brown trout yearlings.  Anglers can fish using flies, baits or lures. Please make sure you have your Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence with you and help us protect our fish stocks by observing all fisheries rules and regulations.

Camping, off-road driving and swimming is prohibited.  All of these activities pose an unacceptable risk to water quality.  Open fires are also 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.  This will ensure that we all enjoy great fishing for many years to come.

Fishing Licences

Fishing licences can be purchased at the Kyneton Newsagency in High Street, Malmsbury General Store or at the Woodend Visitor Information Centre.  If you are aged between 18 years – 70 years, you will require a fishing licence.  Seniors, pension card holders and some traditional owner groups do not require a licence.  For further information about LICENCES and OPEN/CLOSED SEASONS, please refer to the Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide 2018 (available at Visitor Information Centres).

Canoe and Kayak Access

Visit Coliban Water for a map on access points for kayaks, canoes and small portable craft.

Opening Hours

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

How to get here

Find out what’s happening in the Macedon Ranges this month

Catch up with us on social media.