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Lake Tyrrell and Sea Lake

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Lake Tyrrell is a mirror of the sky 

Between Bendigo and Mildura on the Calder Highway, Lake Tyrrell is Victoria’s largest sea water lake and covers an area of 20,800 hectares. The lake is usually dry and salt-crusted with depths of 2 or 3 centimeters of water in Winter.  

It is known for its beautiful sunrises and sunsets over the lake with both being reflected within the lakes surface – a fact known and celebrated by the local indigenous people. 

Salt Lake is a township on the southern shore of the lake; a service centre for the wheat farms in the area and also home for a company commercially producing salt from the lake. A township of some 650 people, in addition to recreation for the locals, it provides a place for visitors coming to the lake to refresh.

Sea Lake Station grain loading
By Museum Victoria (Museum Victoria) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

1905 shot of wheat being loaded at Sea Lake as a central railway loading point for local farmers from the district. This scene is now replaced by huge grain silos but the town still has a railway line to Melbourne. The area can shift 100,000 tonnes of wheat in a good season. In drought periods about one third of that.