Lakes & rivers
Below is a list of all the pages on this website which I've categorised as being mainly about lakes.
Most lakes appear blue when seen under a blue sky, so naming a body of water 'Blue Lake' may seem too obvious and unoriginal; a missed opportunity to add a more distinctive label. And yet ... in Australia and New Zealand many lakes have been given this same name. In my travels I've 'collected' a few Blue Lake visits, and have come to realise that this unimaginative name might not be such a bad choice after all.
The name suggests a round body of water ... but Circular Pool near Walpole is more than that. A long section of whitewater river flows into it, with cascades, smaller pools, and swirling patterns formed from the natural foam. All set to a scenic backdrop of native forest. It is on the local list of things to see, and rightly so.
It's a long steep drive up gravel roads which can be dodgy in winter. But if conditions allow, visiting Devil’s Gullet and Lake Mackenzie provide some great views, and a glimpse into the remote alpine world of Tasmania's central plateau.
Imagine, if you will, a beautiful lush rainforest, still and peaceful with a sense of remoteness, and in the middle of it a calm lake with mirror-like reflections. That's pretty much what you'll find at Lake Chisholm in the northwest of Tasmania.
If you like lakes which are isolated, pristine and well used by native birds and wildlife, then Western Australia's Lake Maringup might appeal. Hidden away in the D'entrecasteaux National Park it is all of those things, but there is a catch ... it isn't easy to get to.
New Zealand's south island has some beautiful large lakes. Vistas of pristine waters and snow clad mountain backdrops are associated with names like Tekapo, Pukaki and Wakatipu. Just as beautiful but less well known is Lake Ohau - almost undeveloped, and just far enough from the main roads to miss being seen by passing traffic.
In the north end of New Zealand's south island sits the Nelson Lakes National Park. Inside this beautiful park, which includes the northernmost parts of New Zealand's alps, lies Lake Rotoiti. You won't find much development here, nor many overseas visitors, but what you do find is a gorgeous glacial lake surrounded by charming beech forest and peaks which are snowcapped in winter. If boating, fishing, hiking or just relaxing near a nice lake are on the agenda, Lake Rotoiti has much to offer.
If you're a birdwatcher and you're in Albany, Lake Seppings is the place to go for sightings of hoary headed grebes or spotless crakes. For anyone else, the lake is a pleasant spot for a walk along the 2.7km path which encircles it. The sights and sounds of native birds in a wetland habitat can be enjoyed by anyone, even those with no idea what a yellow-billed spoonbill looks like.
The last ice age left behind hundreds of alpine lakes on Tasmania's central plateau. Pine Lake is a picturesque example which boasts a collection of Tasmania's rare pencil pine trees. It is also a very accessible lake for anyone using the high road between Deloraine and Miena.
Visitors to King Island who fancy chilling out in nature should like Sea Elephant River. It is where the island's biggest river winds its way through a nature reserve to the sea ... and is a great spot to enjoy the local bird life at dawn and dusk.