• Haven is an affordable alternative in boutique waterfront living.

  • Haven is an affordable alternative in boutique waterfront living.

  • Haven is an affordable alternative in boutique waterfront living.

  • Haven is an affordable alternative in boutique waterfront living.

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Living at Lake Boga

Often described as the jewel in the crown of the Swan Hill municipality, the township of Lake Boga is located in north west Victoria in the heart of the Mallee, next to the lake of the same name. Situated 16km southeast of major regional centre Swan Hill, Lake Boga is dubbed by locals as an aquatic playground and has a growing population of ~730.

Lake Boga itself is popular with water sports including fishing, water skiing and wake boarding, whilst the surrounding area provides for strong horticulture production of stone fruit, vegetable and grape growing, and grain production. The area has been a popular holiday destination for campers and water enthusiasts for many generations and since 2010 Lake Boga has been one of four Mid Murray Storages, ensuring the lake remains drought proof.

The lake covers 940 hectares and is well over 4 metres deep in places when at full capacity. The community vision for Lake Boga is one of a safe, family friendly place highly valued by the community for its water based recreational activities, amenity and history.

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Lake Boga Township Facilities

Whilst a small town, Lake Boga’s local shopping precinct easily provides for the necessities of day to day life. Other local businesses can assist with matters such as servicing your boat and car. From grabbing the morning paper and coffee and fuelling up the car, to filling a doctor’s prescription and enjoying a pub meal, Lake Boga township businesses provide highly personable service that is special to country communities.

The educational precinct of Lake Boga houses a preschool and primary school working in close association with each other. With beautiful grounds and a new open learning building, Lake Boga Primary School encourages collaboration, respect and high expectations of its 80 students. Children feel comfortable and supported in their learning environment, which is reflected in their academic, social and community achievements. Secondary education is available in Swan Hill at the public Swan Hill Secondary College or private catholic school McKillop College. Both are a short bus ride away from Lake Boga and provide excellent academic and trade education and training.

Swan Hill is located 16km northwest of Lake Boga. As the hub of the Mallee region, it services the needs of residents within a 100km radius. Multiple supermarkets and food stores, major retail businesses such as Bunnings and Target, a hospital, ambulance station, medical clinics and specialist medical services, a cinema, and multiple award winning restaurants and cafes, are all found in Swan Hill to cater for whatever your need.

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History of the Lake

Lake Boga and surrounding area was occupied by the Wamba-Wamba Indigenous people for thousands of years, prior to the arrival of Major Sir Thomas Mitchell in June 1836. The lake was named by Major Mitchell after he saw a rainbow over the water. The word ‘boga’ means bow or arch in Old English.

During the years 1851 to 1856, the Lake Boga mission was established by two German Moravian missionaries. The church relocated to Lake Hindmarsh in 1856 due to a lack of converts, and following disputes with local authorities and landholders. In 1862-63, Thomas Alexander Browne squatted on the south east shores of Lake Boga, prior to moving on to Bundidgaree station on the Murrumbidgee River in 1864. It is rumoured that on the banks of the estate, Thomas Browne wrote the famous novel “Robbery Under Arms”, which was later published under the pseudo author name of ‘Rolfe Boldrewood’.

Lake Boga is well known for being a once top secret air base during World War II. Servicing and repairing Catalinas, the country’s largest inland flying boat repair base at one stage housed more than one thousand personnel. Still scattered around the township today are bunkers and forts, built to withstand enemy attack. The Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum is now home to an historical Catalina flying boat, and has a reconstructed underground bunker filled with memorabilia, maps and photos from this important time in our country’s history.

 

 

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Fast Facts

Lake Boga is a lakeside town of ~730 people, located 16km south east of Swan Hill and 325km north west of Melbourne

  • The Mediterranean climate provides more sunny days than south east Queensland, with the unique microclimate’s longer hours of daylight, water supply and soil types supporting a strong local horticultural industry.
  • The aquatic playground of Lake Boga allows for a multitude of water sports, including water skiing and wake boarding, jet skiing, fishing, yachting, canoeing and swimming. Boats can be launched at several locations around the lake, whilst residents of Haven Lake Boga may enjoy all year access to a proposed future boat ramp.
  • The township is home to a post office, newsagency, pharmacy, hotel, community centre, preschool, primary school, floodlit tennis courts, golf course and sporting facilities
  • Local tourist attractions include the Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum, Tresco pump station, planetarium and observatory, birdwatching and wildlife, and Burrabliss Farms, Bed and Breakfast
  • Lake Boga has won numerous ‘Keep Australia Beautiful’ tidy town awards in recent years
  • Lake Boga Clubs include football, netball, cricket, golf, bowls, fishing, watersports, Lions, Tresco Masonic, as well as art, book and music groups.
  • Swan Hill provides for all your shopping, health and lifestyle needs. Your culinary requirements will always be met by one of the high quality restaurants.
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