Australia is known for its diverse landscapes and immense natural beauty. This wondrous nation also boasts some of the world’s most spectacular lakes. Here are nine of the best lakes in Australia:
This body of water located near Mount Gambier gets its name from its deep blue-colored water. The water appears to change color to a shade of grey during the autumn and winter months. Residents in the surrounding area have the opportunity to enjoy the fresh drinking water harvested from this lake. A small monument dedicated to famous poet and politician Adam Lindsay Gordon sits on the lake’s shore.
Located in the island state of Tasmania, this lake is surrounded by mountains and lush vegetation. Cradle Mountain majestically towers above the lake and creates a scenic backdrop. Walking paths located next to the lake allow people to freely explore the area. Wombats and tiger snakes can be found in the area around the lake.
Named in honor of Princess Alexandrina, this lake in South Australia is situated just outside the city limits of Adelaide. Aboriginal tribes once believed that a monster named Muldjewangk lived in the lake. People who walk along the shore of the lake are likely to see different species of lizards, turtles and butterflies.
This heavenly lake is famous for its radiant blue and turquoise-colored water. White sand surrounding the lake adds to its visual appeal. People who visit this lake can find plenty of suitable picnic and camping areas as well as barbeque and restroom facilities. The lake is situated on Queensland’s Frasier Island.
People can find this beautiful glacial lake located near Mount Kosciuszko in New South Wales. Snowfall is visible around the lake throughout much of the year. A famous ski resort known as Lake Albina Ski Lodge was once located near the lake.
This volcanic lake in Queensland is situated among a lush rainforest. The lake is one of the main attractions found in Crater Lakes National Park. Rainbow fish can often be seen swimming in the water. Tourists and locals often come to this lake on warm days to enjoy activities like swimming and paddle boating. The area around the lake is also an ideal place to go for a bird watching or bushwalking adventure.
The pink water found within this lake creates a unique image. Scientists and environmentalist are still unable to determine why the lake is pink, but the water is considered safe for humans. Some experts believe that the water is pink due to high levels of algae and bacteria combined with a low concentration of nutrients. White sand and a dense forest of eucalyptus trees surround the lake. This intriguing body of water can be found just off the southern coast of Western Australia on Middle Island.
This manmade lake was completed in the 20th century and is an ideal place to enjoy a picnic or a peaceful afternoon among the serenity of nature. The lake is situated in New South Wales near the city of Orange. A dormant volcano known as Mount Canobolas can be found near the lake. The lake was also once used by locals as a source of drinking water.
Located in Queensland just north of Brisbane, this lake is popular for people who are looking to enjoy a day swimming, sailing and other water sports. The abundance of fish also makes this lake a popular place among avid fishermen. The lake can be found within the southern section of the Great Sandy National Park.
Halting explorer Ernest Giles in his 1872 exploration of the area, Lake Amadeus is a 1032 sq. km saltpan that's part of a 500 km east-flowing drainage system that eventually connects to the Finke River.
Lake Amadeus is a huge salt lake in the area of Uluru (Ayers Rock), located in the southwest corner of Australia's Northern Territory. Due to the aridity of the area, it is usually almost totally dry.
Lake Ballard is an ephemeral salt lake in the Goldfields-Esperance area of Western Australia about 50 kilometres (31 mi) West of Menzies.
In 2003, to commemorate the 50th anniverary of the Perth International Arts Festival the Inside Australia exhibition was commissioned. The artist and Turner Prize winner Antony Gormley installed 51 sculptures (cast from moulds created from digital scans of unclothed residents from the town of Menzies, 30 km to the south-east) over an area of 10 square kilometres (4 sq mi) on the bed of the lake. The statues were to be removed at the conculsion of the festival but remain as a tourist exhibition.
Lake Barlee is an intermittent salt lake in Western Australia. It is about 150 km east of Paynes Find and west of Leonora on the border between the Shires of Sandstone and Menzies. Lake Barlee is more than 100 km wide from west to east, and about 80 km wide from north to south. The lake is usually dry. It fills about once every ten years on average, after which the water persists for a little less than a year. When it is inundated it becomes an important breeding site for waterbirds.
Lake Cadibarrawirracanna is a salt lake in central South Australia. It is located in the northeastern portion of the Woomera Prohibited Area, east of the Stuart Highway. Lake Cadibarrawirracanna, meaning stars dancing on water, holds the record for the longest place name in Australia.
Lake Carey, is a salt lake 80 kilometres (50 mi) south of Laverton, Western Australia within the Laverton Tectonic Zone, that has been associated with the presence of gold since the 1890s and recently there has been renewed exploration drilling. Midas, the company who have sponsored the drilling, estimates that there may be 25 million ounces (780 tonnes) of gold within the site. It has also been reported that there may well be significant amounts of nickel and zinc.
Lake Disappointment is an ephemeral salt lake in a remote area of Western Australia.
Lake Disappointment was named by the explorer Frank Hann in 1897. Hann was in the area exploring the east Pilbara, around Rudall River. He noticed creeks in the area flowed inland, and followed them expecting to find a large fresh-water lake. To his disappointment the lake turned out to be salt.
Dumbleyung Lake, also widely known as Lake Dumbleyung, is a salt lake in Western Australia. It is located at , in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. At 13 kilometres long and 6.5 kilometres wide, it covers an area of 52 km².
Lake Eyre is the lowest point in Australia, at approximately 15 m (49 ft) (AHD) below sea level, and, on the rare occasions that it fills, the largest lake in Australia. It is the focal point of the vast Lake Eyre Basin and is found some 700km north of Adelaide.
Completely filled only three times in the past 150 years, Australia's 9500 sq. km salty "dead heart" - which comprises Lake Eyre North and Lake Eyre South - is devoid of vegetation. Before the advent of GPS, explorers of this expanse of white could only navigate by compass, as if they were at sea.
It is a large endorheic lake in South Australia, east of the Northern Flinders Ranges. It is a large, shallow, unvegetated playa or saltpan, 100 km long and 40km wide, lying mostly below sea level and having a total surface area of 259,615 hectares. It only rarely fills with brackish water flowing down usually dry creeks in the Northern Flinders Ranges from the west, or exceptional flows down the Strzelecki Creek from the north.
Lake Gairdner is a large endorheic lake in central South Australia, and is considered the fourth largest salt lake in Australia when it is flooded.
Goyder Lagoon is a locality just off the Diamantina River in northeast South Australia, Australia situated about 910km north of Adelaide. Goyder Lagoon is at an elevation of approximately 27m above sea level. Goyder Lagoon is one of the northernmost localities in South Australia. The nearest ocean is the Southern Ocean about 650km south-southwest of Goyder Lagoon.
Apart from the lake itself, advantages and facilities available are it is at the doorstep of a mining town called Kambalda, has sealed access roads, fresh water, ambulance service( I think) and a hotel. 60km away is the city of Kalgoorlie which is a major regional centre and has good transport - road, rail (Indian Pacific and freight trains) major airport, hotels, motels, sporting facilities and parks, fresh water, many engineering and supply outlets, major hospital, land ambulance, flying doctor. Home to the bi-annual Pacific Rim Landsailing Championships hosted by the Sandgropers Land Yacht Club. Last held in 2006. The worlds best land sailing surface!
Lake Macleod is the westernmost lake in Western Australia. It is located north of the small coastal city of Carnarvon, estimated population 7,200.
Lake Mungo is a dry lake in south-western New South Wales, Australia. It is located about 740 km due west of Sydney and 90 km north-east of Mildura. The lake is the central feature of Mungo National Park, and is one of seventeen lakes in the World Heritage listed Willandra Lakes Region. Many important archaeological findings have been made at the lake, most significantly the discovery of the remains of Mungo Man, the oldest human found in Australia, and Mungo Lady, the oldest person in the world to be ritually cremated.
The town of Benambra is on the shores of Lake Omeo which can also serve as a tourist attraction, however this lake only irregularly holds water at present. During wetter times a pier and public toilets were built at the top end of the lake furthest from the town where the lake is at its maximum depth. The depth varies when full from about 3m at the top end to about 1m at the town end, where the lake will flood across the sealed road. When holding sufficient water, the lake has hosted sailing, and, later, speed boat races; the last speed boat races were held on Australia Day in January, 1975.
Lake Torrens is a 5,700 square kilometre endorheic saline rift lake in South Australia. It forms part of the same rift valley that includes Spencer Gulf to the south and is approximately 240 km long. It is in the Lake Torrens National Park, and a permit is required to visit.
The Willandra Lakes Region is a World Heritage Site that covers 2,400 square kilometres in south-western New South Wales, Australia.
Lake Woods is located immediately west of the Stuart Highway and 7 km south of the small township of Elliot. The site includes the lower reaches of Newcastle Creek, including two near-permanent waterholes (Longreach and South Newcastle), a delta of distributary channels where the Creek meets the lake, and the lake to the maximum high water mark.
Lake Yamma Yamma is an ephemeral lake on the Cooper Creek system in the arid Channel Country of south-western Queensland, Australia. The lake, which is sometimes called Lake Mackillop, is the largest inland ephemeral lake in Queensland.
Salt lakes are normally dry, appearing as glittering sheets of salt that stretch to the horizon. Lake Eyre filled only three times last century, and Lake Torrens only once.
Located about 550 kilometres north-west of Adelaide, Lake Gairdner is one of the most remote places in Australia; its beauty providing a spectacular backdrop for car commercials over the years. It’s an incredibly peaceful spot to visit, except, of course, during March each year when motor enthusiasts from around the country converge here for the annual Dry Lakes Racers Australia (DLRA) event. Racers compete on the lake’s expansive flat dry surface in a range of vehicles, from 1940s vintage motorbikes to custom-built, bullet-shaped tanks. According to the founding president and longtime member of DLRA, Mike Davidson, Lake Gairdner has an unmatched beauty. “Nothing beats the first sight of the salt plains,” he says. Such is Davidson’s passion for the sport and the lake, he is currently developing a vehicle specially designed to withstand the conditions of dry-lake racing.
Explore the vast surface of Lake Ballard and you’ll soon realise you’ve walked into one of the most unique art galleries on earth. This site was selected by British sculptor Antony Gormley to display his work, Inside Australia. Commissioned by the Perth International Arts Festival in 2003 to commemorate its 50-year anniversary, the exhibition was supposed to be temporary, but it had such a positive impact that it was turned into a permanent fixture.
Port Gregory was originally developed to serve the Geraldton lead mine. But today this village, surrounded by five kilometres of exposed reef, is a choice location to enjoy water sports and fishing. Nearby is Hutt Lagoon, locally known as the ‘Pink Lake’ thanks to the blooming algae in the water, which procures betacarotene, a pink-red pigment. At sundown the colours of the lake are at their most vibrant, as the hues of the algae are heightened by the sunset.
The salt plains of Lake Lefroy, located near the town of Kambalda in the goldfields region of Western Australia, is as famous for its natural beauty as it is for landsailing. A little-known sport with a big local following, it’s become a weekend pastime in the region. Every Sunday a small group of devoted landsailors head to Lake Lefroy to take advantage of good wind conditions and the hard, flat lake surface spanning 510 square kilometres. Some land yachts, as they’re known, can reach impressive speeds of 140 kilometres per hour.
Experience an outback getaway miles off the beaten track with a truly unique travelling companion. If you’re up for an adventure, are reasonably fit and don’t mind the company of animals, then consider a camel safari adventure tour to Lake Torrens in South Australia.
The best way to see the beauty of Australia’s largest salt lake is from the air. Lake Eyre is truly impressive, covering about 11,000 square kilometres of the Australian outback. The heavy rains of 2011 have resulted in rising water levels and an increase of birdlife, not to mention a few more-than-excited locals. The lake has filled to capacity only three times in the last 150 years. And while it’s not full to the brim right now, it is still a rare sight.
Remote camping in salt-lake surroundings amid abundant flora and fauna typifies the Pink Lakes, located in the Murray-Sunset National Park.
For absolute peace and tranquillity, make your way to the Blue Lake in the heart of stunning Stradbroke Island. This perched lake is best accessed via a two kilometre stroll from the designated car park. The swimming is refreshing and chances are you’ll have the entire waterway to yourself. If you can’t resist the beach, continue walking eastward from the lake to hit Stradbroke Island’s east coast or drive up to Point Lookout in the north.
At a depth of 200 metres, Australia’s deepest lake is the oh so beautiful Lake St Clair. Many visitors to Tasmania, head to Cradle Mountain, which is located within the same national park as Lake St Clair, but I think both are worthy of exploration. The hiking opportunities around the lake offer beautiful views and there’s usually an echidna or two who’ll greet you along the way.
Located in the Kimberley region near the border of the Northern Territory, the man-made Lake Argyle is a great place for a range of water activities. Water skiing and sailing on the lake are popular – as are fishing and scenic cruising. Lucky travellers may even spot a freshwater crocodile.
Noted as the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island is one of those special places that deserves extra attention. After checking into your resort, take the four-wheel drive to Lake McKenzie in the heart of the island. The lake is perched within impossibly white silica sand, which means many fish can’t survive in its water. However the effect of the silica also ensures that algae can’t grow – the result is incredible water clarity.
When Lake Eyre fills it becomes the largest lake in Australia. However the inland lake is around 15 metres below sea level and as such rarely fills entirely. But don’t let the prospect of water deter your exploration, with or without water this is a mesmerising sight. In the absence of water, the expanse becomes an incredible salt plain.