About the Annual Marathon

“It’s all about the music….”

Lake Charlegrark Country Music Marathon (LCCMM) was originally formed by a committee of 6 local people back in 1992 to raise funds for the Childrens Hospital in Melbourne as they had been a huge support to a local family.

From there it has grown to be run by a dedicated committee of 13, combined with a volunteer workforce of over 80 people for the weekend acting as Gate keepers, Bar managers, Cooks on the BBQ, Stage and Lighting assistants etc.

Over the past 26 years we have donated over $200,000 to the local Edenhope Hospital and other local charities, and we are committed to helping fund the Lake Charlegrark foreshore & facilities.

The Music Marathon is held on the 3rd weekend of February each year, on the foreshore of Lake Charlegrark.

Our event runs between the hours of 12noon Saturday to 1am Sunday and then again from 10am Sunday to 5.30pm Sunday. On the Friday night we also have Entertainment, Walk-ups at the Old Camp Kitchen, and there are Fish & Chips available.

Many people return each year as the atmosphere at the event is very relaxed, easy listening and family friendly with all ages from the youngest of babies to the oldest of grandparents coming to listen to the music.

On Friday night there is a fish & chip night for all the campers, and the artists that arrive early have a couple of hours of a casual sing along, perhaps a short story and poem telling session.

We have been fortunate to have such a talented array of artists from the previous years, including:

Congratulations to Roy & Betty Pretlove – over 25 years of service to the Lake Charlegrark Country Music Marathon

Roy was on the first Committee, known back then in 1992 as the Neuarpurr Angling Club.  As the event grew it was changed to the Lake Charlegrark Country Music Marathon.

Thank you Roy and Betty for all of your hard work.

Love from the 2017 LCCMM Committee.

Photo:  Flo Burgwin, Betty Pretlove, Roy Pretlove, John Naylor (President), Paul ‘Bruiser’ Skinner.


Lake Charlegrark is situated near the Vic/SA border, approximately 390kms from Melbourne and 360kms from Adelaide.  The closest towns are Minimay, Frances, Kaniva, Edenhope and Naracoorte.

Just 12kms north is the Little Desert.

In the summertime, the lake is a very popular spot with locals for camping, water-skiing, swimming & canoeing.  

Fishing is also a drawcard for the Lake, as it contains Murray Cod and Redfin.