In the 19th century, the cool climate of the Macedon region was thought to provide a perfect environment for patients suffering tuberculosis. In 1899 a
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In the 19th century, the cool climate of the Macedon region was thought to provide a perfect environment for patients suffering tuberculosis. In 1899 a sanatorium was opened a short distance down the Mount from the lake in a building previously used as a private hospital. The lake was built to supply water to a new, larger sanatorium which due to opposition and lack of funding was never built. The original sanatorium closed in 1910 and was later destroyed by fire.
Now, this is a great spot for a picnic. The picnic area has tables and a fireplace.
There are a number of walking and cycling tracks in this area.
Swimming is not permitted in the lake.
Sanitorium Lake Eco-Tourism Trail
This is a great place for a family stroll, with many natural features to see along the way. Signs along the walk and a display board at the lake provide information on the forest environment.
The walk is about 2.5km and passes through several vegetation types, including tall eucalypt forests and a wet fern gully. Access and parking is available at Days Picnic Ground, Lions Head Road carpark and Sanatorium Picnic Ground.