Yambuk Lakes

Lake Yambuk is accessed from the Princes highway, 20 minutes’ drive west of Port Fairy. The turnoff to the Lake is located within the township of Yambuk. Lake Yambuk is a barrier estuary system that is periodically closed to the sea by a sand bar.

Lake Yambuk contains an extensive wetland system formed from the meeting of the Shaw and Eumeralla Rivers. The wetlands comprise freshwater meadows and semi-permanent saline marshes, which have extensive areas of reeds and salt marsh communities fringing the edges. 



The Lake Yambuk estuary and wetlands are listed under the Directory of Important Wetlands for their flora and fauna value. Lake Yambuk provides important habitat for many bird species including the threatened Lewin’s Rail and the endangered Orange Bellied Parrot. The threatened Dwarf Galaxias breed within the Lake Yambuk estuaries.

fishing lake yambuk

Great fishing spots are hard to find and local secrets, such as Lake Yambuk just 20 minutes west of Port Fairy near the small town of Yambuk, is one of those local treasures.

The "lake" is part of an extensive wetland system formed from the meeting of the Shaw and Eumeralla Rivers and is formed when the barrier estuary system is periodically closed to the sea by a sand bar.

The wetlands comprise freshwater meadows and semi permanent saline marshes, which have extensive areas of reeds and salt marsh communities fringing the edges.

A popular fishing lake, there is a boat ramp and wharf. Surf fishing can be conducted from the ocean beach.

The Shaw and Eumeralla Rivers converge at Yambuk to form the Yambuk Lake which is a paradise for bird lovers and fisherman. The tranquil waters of the lake are ideal for boating and fishing and a boardwalk and track leads to the mouth of the river. 

Excellent picnic and barbecue areas make it a popular spot for families and the famous giant slide is always a hit with the kids.

The beach at Yambuk can be quite treacherous, as strong currents run between the mainland and Lady Julia Percy Island a few kilometres off shore so it is not safe to swim there.

Yambuk Lake Slide