Lake Bolac is the next town encounted when traveling g west to Hamilton from Ballarat. Lake Bolac is a very small town that operates on two distinct commercial strips, in part determined by the lake and the intersection. Lake Bolac is also a summer tourist destination.
The town is on the shores of Lake Bolac, a freshwater lake popular with fishermen and boaties. Lake Bolac Post Office opened on 1 November 1864
At roughly 11pm on January 19th 2006, Lake Bolac was hit by what has been described as a "mini twister". Power lines were torn down, several buildings suffered mild to severe damage, more than 100 trees were uprooted, and eight grain silos were either damaged or destroyed. A vehicle windscreen was smashed by a falling tree at the caravan park, and a grain silo was lifted off the ground and was found 3km away. It is estimated 400 residents lost power due to the tornado. The damage bill was estimated at two million dollars. Frightening as the twister was remains a talking point to this day.
When passing through if refreshment is in order a visit to the pub and chat about that mini tornado should be a consideration.