Ten Biggest Australian Lakes To Explore
Australia is vast and this is probably why many people are under the impression that the lakes are just as vast as the country itself. Surprisingly though is the number of large lakes not in abundance. There are two main reasons for this though, the lack of glacial history and tectonic movement.
With its location between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the territory includes a vast number of small islands, Tasmania and mainland Australia. This diverse landscape occupies a massive land area of 2.97 million square miles.
Australia’s Biggest Lakes To Visit
1. Lake Eyre
700 kilometres north of Adelaide is the stunning Lake Eyre, which was previously known as Kati Thanda, therefore is the national park called Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park. William Creek is the closest settlement to the lake and also the smallest town in Australia. Lake Eyre is a Salt Lake which is 1, 140, 000 square km with intermittent streams draining it and is also Australia’s lowest point. The lowest point of the dam is 15 metres below sea level and even when the water level falls it remains magnificent as one of the most incredible salt plains.
2. Lake Eildon
Lake Eildon has a 515-kilometre shoreline and a 2, 290, 000 megalitre water capacity. It is a haven for water sports lovers with activities like canoeing, kayaking, water-skiing, sailing and boating. Over 700 houseboats are moored here with an abundance of inlets. It is located in Eildon Victoria with surrounding towns like Howqua, Bonnie Doon, Mansfield and Alexandra.
3. Lake Torrens
Lake Torrens is in east-central South Australia, west of Flinders Ranges and 345 to Adelaide’s northwest. It is a Salt Lake that is approximately 65 km wide and 240 km long and has an area of 2, 300 square miles. After heavy rains, you can expect it to overflow into the Spencer Gulf to its south.
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4. Lake Argyle
The vast waters of Lake Argyle are in the remote Kimberley region in Western Australia’s far north. It is the outback’s paradise with an abundance of wildlife. This immense body of water is formed by the Old River and attracts millions of holidaymakers to the vast number of activities offered. Here is an abundance of fish species with 26 native fish including the giant Silver Cobbler which can weigh up to 40 kg and reach a length of up to 1.5 metres. Other common species include Bony herring, Eel Tail Catfish, Long Tom, Archer Fish, Sooty Grunter and Bottle Nosed Catfish.
5. Lake Amadeus
50 kilometres north of Uluru in the southwest corner of the Northern Territory of Australia is the huge Salt Lake of Lake Amadeus. When it goes dry you will see a thick coat of brilliant white salt crust with incredibly hardy plant life. This elongated lake is 10 kilometres wide and 180 kilometres long and is the Northern Territory’s largest lake.
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6. Lake Barlee
Lake Barlee is Western Australia’s second-largest lake with a square kilometre of 1, 980. It borders on the shires of Menzies and Sandstone and is 160 kilometres north of the bullfinch. It receives water only from direct rainfall and multiple creeks in the area.
7. Lake Macleod
Lake McLeod is one of Australia’s largest lakes with the largest opportunity for expansion as well. Currently, it has an area of 764 hectares which can be expanded to 220, 000 hectares. What is most significant about Lake McLeod is the salt which is ten times saltier than seawater.
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8. Blue Lake
In the centre of the outstanding Stradbroke Island is the magnificent Blue Lake. You will need to park your car and walk approximately two kilometres to the perched lake.
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9. Lake St Clair
Even though it is not the biggest it certainly is the deepest Lake in Australia. Lake St Clair is in Tasmania IN Cradle Mountain in St Clair National Park.
10. Lake McKenzie
Frazer Island is the world’s largest sand island and amid this sand, island is the gorgeous Lake McKenzie which you can only access with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. The most impossible white silica sand is at the bottom of this lake and here you will not find fish but at the same time due to the lack of fish and abundance of silica sand, there are no algae either which makes it the lake with the clearest water.
There are hundreds of lakes in Australia and what is more is the outstanding pink lakes which are a phenomenon in many countries that attracts millions of tourists like the pink lake in Mexico, while Australia has loads of pink lakes in our extraordinary country aside from these large lakes listed here.
What is Australia's largest body of water?
Lake Eyre (Kati Thanda) is the largest salt lake in the world and the largest inland lake in Australia and contains 400 million tonnes of salt. It is the lowest point in Australia (15 meters below sea level). Lake Eyre has only filled four times in the last 100 years!
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