If you’re planning a visit to the land down under – or you’re thinking of settling there permanently, then you’ll likely be at least partially drawn by the wealth of natural beauty to be found there. In terms of terrain and climate, the country is remarkably diverse; you’ll find tropical rainforests and arid deserts within its borders. Of course, the country’s lakes are a major part of its ecosystems – with all sorts of animal and plants living around their shores. Let’s take a look at some of the country’s most beautiful lakes, and see why they might warrant a visit.
This lake is to be found in South Australia, and was named after the niece of the current monarch William IV – who most of us know better as Queen Victoria. When its namesake took the British crown, there was some talk of changing the name – but with so many other parts of Australia being named after Victoria, it was decided to leave things as they were.
The lake is a freshwater ephemeral lake, and home to a raft of lizards, turtles and exotic insects. The Aborigine knew it by several names, including Mungkuli and Kayinga, but it’s most famous among the Aborigine for being home for being home to the Muldjewangk, a mythical beast which would deter children from getting into the lake. The beast is said to lurk among large clumps of seaweed – and is best left undisturbed.
This body of water is famous for being blue and clear. It’s bordered with a white, sandy beach that makes it a great place to lay down a blanket for an impromptu picnic. You’ll find it in Queensland, on Fraser Island, which is protected by the Great Sandy National Park, which also encompasses a significant swathe of the mainland.
If you’re going to name a Lake, then it doesn’t get much more straightforward than this. Blue Lake is, as you might imagine, spectacularly blue. This effect is especially prominent during the summer. Like Lake Alexandrina, you’ll find this lake in South Australia. It’s famous for being the location where an Australian jockey and poet named Adam Lindsay Gordon performed a spectacular horseback stunt, leaping onto a narrow ledge and then back onto the roadway. You’ll find an obelisk in his honour near the shore of the lake.
Venture to Tasmania and you’ll find Dove Lake, tucked between a group of precipitous, vegetation-shrouded mountains. In particular, Cradle Mountain oversees the lake, making for a spectacular setting for a hike or two. There are walking paths which spread through the area, where you’ll find copious wildlife, including wombats, echidnas and tiger snakes. The location is very popular with tourists, who flock every year to see its glacier-formed waters. The local habitat is unique, and offers pencil pines, beeches and tussock grasses.
This lake is to be found in New South Wales. It lies in the shadow of nearby Mount Kosciuszko, the tallest peak in the country, which can be found in the Snowy mountain range in Kosciuszko National Park. Like many of the other lakes in the region, this lake was formed by glacial movement. The vicinity was once home to a ski-resort, but now it’s more likely that you’ll venture here during the summer, to examine the area’s brilliantly diverse life up-close.
This lake is to be found on an archipelago, just off the south coast of Western Australia. It’s notable for being of a particular pink colour. This quirk has made it famous as the ‘pink lake’. It’s named after a crew member of the HMS investigator who died of dysentery prior to the discovery of the lake.
The pink colouration that’s made the lake so well-known is thought to be caused by a variety of algae known as ‘Dunaliella salina’, which subsists on salt. You’ll find similar pink-coloured waters across the world, in inland salt-lakes. To get the best possible view of this particular lake, you’ll want to view it from the air – helicopter trips over the area are available, but you’ll naturally need to pay a little more for the experience.
We’ve just scratched the surface of the beautiful lakes on offer in this part of the world. If you’re looking to emigrate to Australia, then you’ll need to navigate the points-based immigration system. Fortunately, there are plenty of jobs in Australia for UK citizens; find employment to give your visa application the best chance of success.