Women's Overnight Canoe Weekend // Victoria's Lake Eildon

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Lake Eildon Victoria

1736 Maroondah Hwy, Bonnie Doon

Bonnie Doon, VIC 3720


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Canoe Lake Eildon and enjoy beautiful scenery and wildlife, as well as wild swimming, campfire hangouts and pitching your tent on an island!

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So here’s the thing.

You’re not sure what to do for your weekend and within driving distance of Lake Eildon, only 2.5 hours from Melbourne. Adventure is calling. A-S-A-P please!

What’s a woman who wants adventure to do? Canoeing down Lake Eildon of course!

In 2021, Women Want Adventure is bringing you the best of our outdoor places. Helping Victorian women escape for the weekend to places the tourist just don’t go.

If you haven’t ventured out much of late (shall we mention 2020?), then this trip will make up or it.


  • Exploring stunning Lake Eildon
  • Enjoying the beautiful scenery and wildlife
  • Meet like-minded women
  • Learn new paddle skills and techniques


  • Date of departure: Saturday April 10th 2021
  • Group meeting time: 7:30am (guests are welcome to stay overnight at the Bonnie Doon Pub). Please be on time
  • Meeting location: Bonnie Doon Pub: 1736 Maroondah Hwy, Bonnie Doon. Bonnie Doon is 2hrs 22mins from Melbourne CBD. Click here for hte map
  • Finish time: Sunday 4pm April 11th 2021 (optional post paddle dinner and drinks at the Bonnie Doon Pub)
  • Grade: Easy. Please view our Trip Grading Here for more information. (no paddle experience required). Women should feel comfortable to be on the water for over 5 hours each day in the canoe and have swimming ability. Although easy, a basic level of fitness and willingness to be conducting physical activity is required
  • Duration of paddle on water: aprox 24km total (can change depending on the level of the lake)
  • Numbers: 12
  • Price: $550pp inc GST and booking fee


Our adventure will start 7:30am, meeting at the iconic Bonnie Doon Pub. From here we will take a short drive to Hutchinson boat ramp where we will park our vehicles and prepare our gear. After a short safety/paddle brief and delicious morning tea, we will launch our vessels for our Great Lake Eildon Adventure.

Women can expect to paddle a total of 12 km on the first day and 12 km on the second day. We have a selection of gorgeous lunch spots available on the way with plans to stop around 12:30pm on both days.

Our camp for the night will be Italian Bay Island. We estimate we should paddle into camp around 3pm- 3:30pm. This location is a shady noll headland offering almost 360 views of the lake, perfect trees for hoisting a hammocks, complete with an established fire pit and the best part is this location is only accessible by water.

Women should expect a short hike up to this stellar spot (100m) but we promise the view is worth every step!

Once women have set up tents and bedding, afternoon tea will be served with delicious array of cheese, crackers and local smoked salmon (we love our food).

Women are encouraged to explore our little island, take a swim in the clean fresh water or let the day slip away with a book.

Dinner will be served around 7pm, your guide Lauren is passionate about delicious food and her specialty dishes include beef bourguignon, Hungarian beef casserole or Southern style pulled pork (we cater for dietary requirements and vegetarians). She is also a keen musician and will happily play a tune with a little prompting.


After a restful sleep, Guests will wake at 7:30am to the smell of fresh coffee, loose leaf tea, oats and fruit.

We will aim to be on the water by 9:30am for a relaxing meander paddle back to Bonnie Doon. We will stop for lunch at 12:30pm and should arrive back at Hunchinson Boat ramp between 3-3.30pm.

Women can expect to take home canoe paddle skills, on water navigation skills, history of the lake, a bunch of new friends, an unforgettable experience and a new found confidence to embark on their own adventures.


  • Hat (preferably broad brim with a chin strap) and sunglasses
  • A Cotton Sarong for extra sun protection and cooling
  • Tent (hire option available, please indicate when booking)
  • Camping chair
  • Camp pillow (or normal pillow)
  • Sleeping mat
  • Sturdy Shoes that can get wet, Teva, Chacos, Keens, other water sandals or old runners (No thongs please)
  • Head torch with spare batteries
  • Paddle clothing (long sleeve shirt with a collar and long pants for sun protection)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable shoes to wear around camp
  • Socks and underwear
  • Clothes to get changed into at camp
  • 2-3L water (an insulated bottle with ice recommended)
  • Personal mediation
  • Swimmers and towel
  • Camera or phone
  • Good book/Cards
  • Wet weather jacket
  • Beanie
  • Paddle gloves (optional)
  • Warm fleece if it’s a cooler day
  • Dry bag if you own (if not WWA will supply 20L dry bags)
  • Pack your items in a small overnight bag. We will provide additional packing barrels for the canoes for your items
  • BYO Alcohol

* If you don't own a tent, sleeping bag or sleeping matt - we have the following hire options available. Please indicate when booking. We will send an invoice for these items 2 weeks prior to departure.

  1. Tent - $40
  2. Sleeping bag - $30
  3. Sea to Summit Sleeping Matt - $30


  • All canoeing equipment, including PFD’s and paddle
  • Tuition given to level of tour
  • Women Want Adventure Guide
  • Day 1 morning tea, lunch, dinner & dessert
  • Day 2 Breakfast, snacks and morning tea
  • All cooking gear
  • Group tarp
  • Tents (if required for hire). Please indicate when booking
  • All eating utensils (you are welcome to bring your own mug)
  • First aid
  • Washing up gear
  • Containers/barrels and bags for your items in the canoe

If you have any questions about booking this trip, please contact our team womenwantadventure@outlook.com.

We're looking forward to seeing you soon,

Team Women Want Adventure


Please view comment answers to trip questions via our FAQs page here.

So, what exactly is Women Want Adventure? Do I have to be a young, super fit, experienced adventurer to attend? Nope, you certainly do not. You can be a beginner to advanced (or anywhere in-between). Women Want Adventure is all about women coming together to try something new, make friendships, experience challenges, surprises and enjoyment of adventure. Our youngest member is mid 20’s, our oldest is 71, and 75% of women turn up individually. To find out more about what we do, click here.

Are there bathrooms on this trip? A portable toileting facility will be available.

Is there reception on this trip? There is good Telstra reception. Other providers might find the reception patchy.

I would like to stay a night prior at Bonnie Doon Pub or post from my trip, does Women Want Adventure organise accommodation? Arriving earlier or staying later is a great way to extend your adventure. However we do not organise accommodation pre and post trip.

Can you help arrange my transport and travel? Travel is by individual means only. We do not arrange group transfers to the group meeting location.

Is there a minimum or maximum age limit? All trips are for women over the age of 18 years. We don’t have an age limit however, we encourage you to read the grading to ensure you are feeling fit and confident to complete the adventure.

What are the ages of women who attend? Ages range from mid 20’s to late 60’s. The average age of women attending trips is 45 years.

How do I know if I’m fit enough for this trip? Please check the grading before you book. We will be able to provide information on the type of fitness required for the trip and what to expect. However, everyone has different levels of what they find easy, hard or challenging. If you’re worried about your fitness ability, please contact us to discuss.

What is the cancellation policy? Please view our full terms and conditions here before booking.

* A 75% refund (with the exception of the booking fee $12) will be made if you cancel any part of the reservation 31 days or more prior to the first day of the reservation.

* A 50% refund (with the exception of the booking fee - $12) will be made if you cancel any part of the reservation 15 to 30 days prior to the first day of the reservation.

* No refund will be made if you cancel any part of the reservation less than 10 days prior to the first day of the departure or any time after. This includes cancellation requests for illness and injury.

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		Women's Overnight Canoe Weekend // Victoria's Lake Eildon image

		Women's Overnight Canoe Weekend // Victoria's Lake Eildon image

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1736 Maroondah Hwy, Bonnie Doon

Bonnie Doon, VIC 3720


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