11 January 2018
New South Wales is home to a diverse range of lakes: freshwater, estuarial, glacial and saltwater. These lakes provide great importance to society including water supply, supporting native ecosystems and loaning recreational benefit to communities.
Read on to discover some of the most beautiful lakes in NSW alongside some fun tips on what to do when you visit.
Located just west of Jindabyne in the Snowy Mountains resides the glacial waters of Blue Lake. The amphitheatre shaped lake indicates the lake was carved the of the granite bedrock by glaciers cascading down from the Great Dividing Range. Take the Main Range Walking Track from Charlotte Pass to witness the natural beauty of the snow-capped mountains plummeting into the clear blue lake.
The largest saltwater lake in the Southern Hemisphere, Lake Macquarie is the perfect location for your next weekend break. Dubbed Awaba by the Indigenous peoples of the Awabakal nation, Lake Macquarie offers a wide range of recreational and cultural experiences. Pack a picnic and roll out a rug lakeside, or explore the endless outdoor activities and water sports on offer including water-skiing, kayaking, sailing, swimming and fishing.
The Myall Lakes consist of three freshwater lakes located near Forster-Tuncurry. Situated within Myall Lakes National Park, the lakes themselves are not a hub of activity, but the area is well-known for spotting dolphins in the crystal blue waters of the adjacent ocean. You can go fishing and camp lakeside, as well as try your hand at swimming, canoeing and kayaking. Take some time out of your trip to explore Broughton Island, located just off the coast of Myall Lakes, for the opportunity to witness a plethora of native wildlife, including little penguins and mutton birds.
With 13 boat ramps and sparkling waterways, Lake Illawarra is a fisherman’s favourite getaway. Swarming with fish and crustaceans, the wave-dominated estuary is located between Shellharbour and Port Kembla in the South Coast of NSW. You can hire a boat or catamaran to peruse the glistening waters, or take a stroll through Reddall Reserve and witness the native bird life including pelicans, Pacific Golden Plovers and more.
At 2024 metres above sea level, Lake Cootapatamba proudly takes out the title of Australia’s highest lake. Located in the Kosciuszko National Park, take the great 7.5km return hike to witness this serene glacial lake, take in the breathtaking scenery and discover amazing wildlife encounters and scenic views along the way. The lake’s primary inflow comes from the Swampy Plain River and the lake is frozen for 4 months of the year.
Burrill Lake located just south of Ulladulla is a nature lover’s haven due to the rich wildlife and tranquil settings of lake, ocean and rich bushland. There are plenty of activities in the Burrill Lake region including sailing, prawning, windsurfing, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Visitors can also check out the local water ski club located at Kings Point which meets often during the season.
Avoca Lake is situated in the Central Coast of NSW just behind the famous surf beach Avoca Beach. The wetlands area which has remained largely untouched is home to the famous “jumping fish”, as well as a number of native bird life and wildlife. Take a scenic kayak tour to explore the glistening waters of the lake, or explore the surrounding area, which has become a boutique beachside destination over the years.
Nestled along the Sapphire Coast is Bega Valley’s best kept secret. Wonboyn Lake’s estuarial waters have remained untouched over the years. It is home to swarming flathead and bream and most notably, some of the fattest Sydney Rock Oysters in Australia. There’s a lot to do at the Wonboyn Lake Resort, like snorkelling at the mouth of the Lake at Baycliff, diving along Disaster Bay, or exploring the wilderness on a scenic bushwalking adventure. Take the Bay Cliff Walking Track and take in the stunning scenery on a relaxing stroll along the lake’s edge.