Lake Cobbler

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Lake Cobbler is a beautiful lake situated on the south eastern edge of the Alpine National Park. It’s best reached via the King Valley on the Rose River Road and is located 50km from Whitfield.

Lake Cobbler was created in the 1960s by damming a swamp area in the headwaters of the Dandongadale River. After leaving the lake, Dandongadale River plunges over a precipice, creating the longest drop waterfall in Victoria (a heady 255m). It then joins the Rose River, which flows into the Buffalo River, before settling down to a quiet life in the backwaters of Lake Buffalo.

The lake is a popular touring destination and a good base camp for lazy days or hiking to nearby Mount Cobbler. Set up camp amongst the snow gums, enjoy some of the area’s finest fishing, explore walking tracks around the lake.

You’ll need a 4WD or high-clearance 2WD to negotiate the 20km stretch of road from Bennies Camping Area to the lake, and an off-road camper trailer if you want to tow your accommodation in. On the way in you’ll see the impressive Dandongadale Falls.

Need to know

  • Always check the Parks Vic website for seasonal closures and recent track updates.
  • There is no phone reception at Lake Cobbler
  • Free camping
  • Facilities include drop toilets, but no drinking water

Lake Cobbler is a beautiful lake situated on the south eastern edge of the Alpine National Park. It’s best reached via the King Valley on the Rose River Road and is located 50km from Whitfield.

Lake Cobbler was created in the 1960s by damming a swamp area in the headwaters of the Dandongadale River. After leaving the lake, Dandongadale River plunges over a precipice, creating the longest drop waterfall in Victoria (a heady 255m). It then joins the Rose River, which flows into the Buffalo River, before settling down to a quiet life in the backwaters of Lake Buffalo.

The lake is a popular touring destination and a good base camp for lazy days or hiking to nearby Mount Cobbler. Set up camp amongst the snow gums, enjoy some of the area’s finest fishing, explore walking tracks around the lake.

You’ll need a 4WD or high-clearance 2WD to negotiate the 20km stretch of road from Bennies Camping Area to the lake, and an off-road camper trailer if you want to tow your accommodation in. On the way in you’ll see the impressive Dandongadale Falls.

Need to know

  • Always check the Parks Vic website for seasonal closures and recent track updates.
  • There is no phone reception at Lake Cobbler
  • Free camping
  • Facilities include drop toilets, but no drinking water
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