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Lake Corangamite, Colac

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Lake Corangamite, a hypersaline endorheic lake, is located near Colac in the Lakes and Craters region of the Victorian Volcanic Plains of south-west Victoria, Australia. The lake's salinity levels have increased dramatically as the lake level has dropped in recent decades. It is Australia's largest permanent saline lake, covering approximately with a circumference of. It forms part of the Ramsar-listed Western District Lakes wetland site.
The waterbody is surrounded to the south and east by rocky outcrops which were formed by lava flows from Mount Porndon to the south-west and Mount Warrion to the east. The spectacular 'Red Rocks' maar crater complex overlooks the south east shore at Alvie. The Mount Warrion flows caused the lake to form by blocking drainage to the east.
As is typical of lakes in the area, the eastern flanks of the lake consist of lunettes formed by wind borne sediments blown from the lake during periods with dry climates.
Flow into the lake is extremely variable and negligible in the driest years. Currently it is endorheic but during the wet decade of the 1950s the lake flooded and became connected via a series of wetlands and lakes to Lake Murdeduke and the Barwon River. It has never been completely dry since European settlement, and there it is evidence it was an open lake for centuries prior to the 1840s when rainfall and runoff were similar to those of the 1950s.
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  • The views are amazing. It's a beautiful lake. Alot of different bird species. Worth the drive. For those that love taking photos plenty of opportunities.  more »
  • This is one of the largest lakes around Victoria. When its full, you can get some great views and do some boating and fishing at strategically placed sites around it. You need a map though as it is hu...  more »

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