By George!

One of the lakes along the Limestone Coast is Lake George, and I recently visited a small area of it.  I’m still researching more information about this body of water, which is one of the three large  lakes along the Limestone coast between Beachport and Robe.  One person I spoke with, had memories of gathering large amounts of fish from there, some 50 years ago…. sadly, this behaviour which was typical of those days, had a detrimental effect on native stocks of fish.    Today, activities on the Lake are better monitored and it’s slowly recovering, although it’s highly unlikely that it can return to its previous state.

There are a few entry points to Lake George, and this one is near to the Woakwine Cutting.

Down to the Lake

From the main road, there’s a 2 WD track to a parking area, and this is the 4WD extension  which then goes to around the lake.  It was just Fred and I for most of the time, with an another vehicle turning up just as we were leaving.  If you want a place with no crowds, this is it.

Ah the fresh air

Ah, the smell of the fresh air!

Along the edge

The Lake appears to be tidal, and I was well prepared with rubber boots, wellingtons.  Summer is still a while off 🙂 and no barefoot paddling for me until then.

The gatewayYou can see the remnant fencing from the days of stock grazing.

Don't fence me inOn the horizon, sandhills can just be seen, and beyond them is the Great Southern Ocean.  Needless to say, it can get windy here.

When the wind blowsThe reeds show which direction the wind comes from…….

Edge to edgeI find it amazing that the reeds can grown in such brackish conditions.

SamphireAnother plant well adapted to such conditions is the samphire.  In recent times it’s become popular with the chefs.

FrothWhat a lifeFred had a great time rolling on the sand!

The LakeWade in the waterLooking inlandLooking inland to the ti-tree scrub, habitat of wombats, wallabies, reptiles and a host of other native creatures.

Wildlife

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6 thoughts on “By George!

  1. No time tonight to say more than – wonderful photos! That last one still tugs at my heart. It’s just lovely.

    The brackish water plants are interesting. Many of our wetlands and estuaries have a large amount of brackish water, and it’s so important for keeping them healthy. Too much fresh water coming down, or toop much salinity, as in drought, and the plants, fish and other such begin to suffer. Nature’s balance can be delicate!

    • I can remember when mangrove swamps were thought to be a wasted area, yet thankfully now they are regarded very highly, for the role they play in the ecosystem. It is as you say, a delicate balance.

  2. ‘Georgeous’…I’ve sent myself to stand in the corner facing the wall for that pun. What a lovely landscape, it looks very wild and welcoming. I don’t know anything about the Limestone Coast, but one day, when I finally make to Australia, will definitely have it on my list.

    • Ha! Never mind Paul, it’s most apt 🙂 And yes, I’ll give you a list of places around South Australia to put on the must see list….

  3. Enivea, I could feel the wind and smell the salt as I read this post. I liked the photographs depicting the reeds shaped by the prevailing wind.

    Katie would agree with Fred that there is nothing like a good roll. Paddling is also refreshing especially if a dog is hot.

    • It’s great to ‘feel’ the freshness isn’t it Margaret! I’m hoping to visit there again soon, weather permitting.

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