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Lake Tyrrell, Sea Lake

#79 of 350 in Nature in Victoria
Lake Tyrrell is a shallow, salt-crusted depression located in the Mallee district of north-west Victoria, in Australia. The word is derived from the local Wergaia word for 'sky', the Boolong clan of the area being distinguished for their interest in star-lore.
The lake covers approximately, making it Victoria's largest salt lake. It is located north of the town of Sea Lake and northwest of Melbourne.
While much of the time the lake is dry, it is usually covered in about of water in winter. It is ancient and probably formed by sand blocking the passage of Tyrrell Creek (a distributary of the Avoca River) which feeds the lake. Evaporation results in a layer of salt crusting on the lake bed which is harvested by Cheetham Salt in Sea Lake.
The lake environment is host to Mallee reptiles, kangaroos, emus and white-faced chats. Thousands of seagulls breed on small islands on the lake. Surrounding vegetation is made up of saltbush and samphire.
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  • Do the tour with Julie rather than trying to figure how when and where to go. She will make sure you get good photos and has all the local knowledge you'll need to ensure a good stay in the area.  more »
  • Sunset we experienced was cloudy as sun was setting so didn’t see much but the moon was full. We camped at the lake Tyrrell rest area, then headed to the west side to experience the sunrise which was ...  more »
  • Beautiful, out of this world quiet serenity to be found wandering into these vast salt flats. Unless it's completely dry, take gumboots. Best time to visit is either sunrise or sunset to escape the heat reflecting off the salt, and don't forget to take water.
  • A photographers oasis. A massive lake providing numerous awesome photographic opportunities. Well worth the drive from Melbourne (if that is where you are coming from). Be prepared, gumboots and sun protection. Check the weather for the area with winds under 10 knots allowing for the mirror images (you can utilise the corrugated salt dividers for some shelter). We stayed overnight at the Sea Lake Recreation Reserve (Travelers Rest) which didn't cost much and did offer a kitchen, toilet and hot showers. Great getaway.

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