WHITFIELD & KING VALLEY 

The italian spirit

Often described as a little piece of Italy, the valley teems with wineries, festivals and cooking classes.

Boasting some of the highest altitude vineyards in Australia, the King Valley is renowned for its cool-climate and European style wine varietals. Enjoy magnificent valley views, rivers, lakes and waterfalls, and warm Italian hospitality as you indulge in the many experiences along King Valley Prosecco Road.

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Lake William Hovell 

Located around 18km from Cheshunt on the Whitfeld Road, Lake William Hovell offers a picturesque recreational area for BBQs, hiking, fishing, canoeing and 4WD adventures. Trout fishing is especially great in winter, while swimming is best saved for warmer months.

The lake contains trout, redfin and macquarie perch, and the size can surprise, with trout up to 3kg and some healthy reddies.

Taking its name from the Australian explorer, the lake was officially opened in 1971 and was built to harness the waters of the King River for downstream irrigation purposes.

Most of the western shore is landscaped, safe and accessible. Shore based anglers can take the kids for a day’s fishing, have a choice of locations to fish from, and not be hassled by power boats or water skiers.

Anglers with a boat can access a huge variety of water for a small lake. The eastern shore is quite deep and offers good trolling. The top of the lake, where the King River runs in, is only 20 minutes from the boat ramp and offers lure casting, trolling, bait fishing and bait drifting. In between, you can explore a number of bays on the western shore.

As an irrigation storage, Lake William Hovell is often at the mercy of huge fluctuations in water level, with the lake sometimes drawing down to virtually the old river course in summer and filling to 100%+ in winter. As a result, trout fishing is best during winter months.

Please take note of some restrictions:

  • Boats are limited to 8kph and 10 horsepower
  • Camping within the confines of the reserves is prohibited

Target Species: Brown and rainbow trout, redfin. Macquarie perch are protected in this storage.

Best Methods: For trout, fish can be caught trolling, bait fishing, fly fishing or lure casting. For redfin, trolling, bait fishing, lure casting and jigging work well in the warmer months.

Lure Selection: Rapalas, baby merlins, mepps, celtas and tassies all work well here at times.

Valley View Caravan Park 

Valley View Caravan Park’s mission is to provide excellent customer service and a memorable holiday experience for all their guests. Their location in the centre of town is ideal for exploring the King Valley.

Valley View’s location is a natural allure, quiet, tranquil, and a great place to take in the beautiful, picturesque mountain surroundings, sunny days, and starry nights beckon.

Valley View has an assortment of accommodation offerings to suit all holidaymakers, including large, level grassy sites to suit RVs, motorhomes, camper trailers and caravans of all sizes. All their sites are suitable for tents. Onsite accommodation offerings consist of five – deluxe two bedroom cabins, one – one bedroom cottage, four- eco-friendly park pods, and one – furnished retro caravan.

Stop and take the time to absorb the mountain surroundings and great atmosphere.

Valley View’s facilities include ladies and men’s amenities, laundry with ironing facilities, dump point, camp kitchen, barbeque area, playground, communal campfire area, automated bike wash, bike maintenance station, secured bike storage shed, e-bike charging, WiFi, fire drums – wood and kindling available, e-bike hire and local produce.

Hospitality, fine wine, and good food are a way of life in the King Valley.

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