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Sea Lake VIC

On our way to Tagalong23 from Melbourne

About Sea Lake

Sea Lake is a wheat-belt town which is located south of the shores of Lake Tyrrell (the largest lake in Victoria). It is defined by the large grain silos on Railway Avenue and the railway line that transports the wheat which surrounds the settlement (sourced from the Aussie Towns website – click for more).

Leaving Melbourne’s wet & freezing cold morning we headed north-west up the Calder Freeway to reach our 1st stop-over, a free camp behind the Royal Hotel in Sea Lake (maplink).

We were soon joined by some other Tagalong23 travellers, Don & Jennefer and Chris, and headed off to check out the famous Lake Tyrrell, 10kms north of Sea Lake. It’s a (very salty) pink lake and the local Sea Lake community have turned it into a fantastic tourist destination. There’s a great circular boardwalk over the water which allows you to check out the “pinkness” of the water. There is also a ring of “sky lounges” which you can lay back on a view the night sky (which we didn’t stay for as it was bloody cold!)

A couple of facts – Over 100,000 tonnes of salt is extracted from the lake each year. The first recorded salt harvest from Lake Tyrrell was in 1896. The name ‘Tyrrell’ is derived from the local Wergaia word for ‘sky’, the Boorong Aboriginal people of the area being distinguished for their interest in star-lore.

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