Lake Ballard, Menzies

Lake Ballard is an ephemeral salt lake in the Shire of Menzies, Goldfields-Esperance area of Western Australia about 50km West of Menzies.SculpturesIn 2003, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Perth International Arts Festival the Inside Australia exhibition was commissioned. The artist and Turner Prize winner Antony Gormley installed 51 sculptures over an area of 10km2 on the bed of the lake. The statues were to be removed at the conclusion of the festival but remain as a tourist exhibition.Banded stiltsThe lake is used as a breeding site for banded stilts following major flood events. The stilts nest in large close-packed colonies on low islands in ephemeral inland salt lakes such as Lake Eyre, Lake Barlee and Lake Ballard. The last recorded nesting on the lake was in 1995 following the aftermath of Cyclone Bobby. The lake, along with the neighbouring Lake Marmion some to the east, has been identified by BirdLife International as a 984km2 Important Bird Area (IBA), because it has supported a high proportion of the known banded stilt mass breeding events.
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  • Absolutely stunning place. We visited shortly after a light rain fall so the Lake bed was a little sloppy but it is just so good walk around the statues and try to remember some features for a compari...  more »
  • What an amazing experience. 51kms from Menzies and it takes about 45-50 minutes on good roads (ignore what Google Maps says). The first half is sealed and the last 23kms are good quality unsealed (alt...  more »
  • Finally got to see the Gormley sculptures. Missed getting there about six years ago and inky made it to Kalgoorlie. The town of Menzies is quaint.
  • Great spot camping next to the salt lake. Big area, plenty of campsites, drop toilets, dump point no water tap but rain water tank and bucket supplied. Rubbish bins, great views. Gormley sculptures around the lake.

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