In years to come, keep an eye out for an aging Johnny Depp at Lake Eppalock. He once said of himself, ‘I’m an old fashioned guy… I want to be an old man with a beer belly sitting on a porch, looking at a lake or something.’
Writer: Colin King – Photographs: David Field, Andrew Perryman and Lincoln Harrison
It’s hard to imagine the beer belly but he is not lacking the inherent human desire to be around water. As poet William Yeats put it more eloquently, “I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore… I hear it in the heart’s deep core.” For Bendigonians who have gone without for the best part of a decade, a second post-drought summer of a brimming Lake Eppalock is still a novelty to lap up.
At Eppalock, the porch coveted by Johnny Depp is likely to be a caravan annex. While there are a few shacks scattered around the shore, the dominant residence of choice is a caravan. There are four large foreshore caravan parks given over almost exclusively to long term sites. Only the Lakeshore Caravan Park near the spillway has a dedicated section for tourist vans…