Salt lakes of the Wheatbelt

salt lakes

 

 

Geologically the Wheatbelt is an ancient stable area with a very low drainage profile. The rain that falls is slow to get away and is held a large shallow depressions. This leads to lots of evaporation and the formation of lakes of salt. Unless the rainfall is very heavy over a number of seasons many of the lakes are dry for most of the year. Even in their dry state they offer stunning scenery and great photo opportunities.

Doodlakine

Baandee Lake

Located slightly east of Doodlakine along the Great Eastern Highway, Baandee is a popular ski lake in the area. The Inland Water Ski Club have created a pleasant picnic and BBQ area, with swimming and skiing possible for some months of the year.  The Shire of Kellerberrin has provided ablutions and shower facilities.

Dowerin

Dowerin Lakes
Located 8km south of Dowerin, originally an ephemeral fresh water lake system and site for the original town settlement in 1895 because fresh water existed for grazing and farming.  The town was moved to the present site in 1906 as it was more favorable for the railway to be built.

Hyden

Lake Magic

Situated about one kilometre to the north of Wave Rock.  The water in the lake is clear but salty and the lake base is made of gypsum and is surrounded by beach sand around the perimeter.

Kondinin

Kondinin Lake

A large Salt lake 5km west of town and after sufficient rain there is an abundance of water birds and ski and sail boat activities.

Kulin

Jilakin Lake

20 kilometres east of Kulin on Holt Rock Road (follow the Tin Horse Highway), you will find a shady picnic spot at the base of Jilakin Rock. An easy climb to the top of the rock provides spectacular views of Jilakin Lake and the surrounding Wheatbelt. Wildflowers form a wonderful display during August to September. Jilakin Rock also boasts the most isolated known stand of Jarrah (150 kilometres from the main Jarrah belt), surviving on the water run off an quality soils at the base of the rock.

Lake Grace

Lake Grace Salt lakeLake Grace North & Lake Grace South two interconnecting salt lakes are located 8km from the town site. These two lakes are so large that they are rarely able to fill completely. Water in the lakes can be blown from one side to the other by the wind. There is a picnic spot to the west of Lake Grace North and also a magnificent lookout which overlooks these two vast lakes.

Evelyn Lake

Lying 15km to the north of the Lake Grace town site, this lake features a lookout and overnight stopping area complete with a picnic table. Just a little further up the road when you turn east towards Pingaring is the Jam Patch. This section of bush features amazing wildflowers and wildlife. Wander down past the restored tennis club and picnic area to the salt lake system where in times of rain, water flows from Evelyn Lake past this beautiful section of preserved bushland

Lake King

Lake King

Surrounded by nature reserve, this lake presents a magnificent site as travellers approach the township of Lake King. The salt deposits on the lake make for a dazzling display as they sparkle in the sunshine. During spring the banks of this lake become thick with bright pink flowers

Narembeen

Wakeman’s Lake

Situated approx 13km east of the Narembeen townsite, this lake has undergone major work to harvest water back into the natural lake water is dependent upon seasonal rainfall).  During the summer months the lake is a hive of activity with ski boats and water pursuits popular with locals and visitors.  Kids playground, BBQ and toilet facilities are available.  This is a picturesque location, with abundant bird life.  Before entering the lake with boats, please contact Brendon or Anita Parsons +61 8 9061 8080 with boat insurance details.

Newdegate

Lake Bryde

Located 34km south west of Newdegate, in times of flood this lake is a wonderful skiing area. Canoeing and bush camping are also popular and the lake is a hot spot for birds and other wildlife.

Nungarin

eaglestone-rock-lake-brown-3Lake Brown

Lake Brown is accessible of the Lake Brown South road north east of Nungarin. Lake Brown is a salt lake and when full is used for water skiing.  Eaglestone Rock is on the north shore of Lake Brown.

Lake Campion

Located on Stock Road north east of Nungarin, Lake Campion is a salt lake which during the wildflower season is sprinkled with pink everlastings. White winged fairy wrens inhabit the sapphire margins of the lake.

Quairading

Pink Lake

Situated 11km east of town, this lake is regarded locally as a natural phenomenon.  At certain times of the year the left side of the lake has a distinctive pink colour, whereas the right side remains blue.

Wyalkatchem

Cowcowing Lake

Lies 26km to the north of Town on the Wyalkatchem Koorda Road.  The lake gives its name to the cowcowing siding and covers and area of 15,000 hectares.