Lake Hindmarsh Lake Reserve
To the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wotjobaluk people, Lake Hindmarsh is known as Gurru the kangaroo. Gurru is part of the creation story that is still told today. Purra, the ancestral kangaroo, was being hunted by Doan, the sugar glider. As Purra hopped northward, dragging his great tail, he formed part of the Barringgi Gadyin or Wimmera River. He at last stopped to feed and ate the ground bare of all grasses. This became the lake: Gurru.
Gurru (Lake Hindmarsh) is a secluded escape, perfect for soaking up the ambience of being out in nature. Listen to the bush birds, watch the skies to see an eagle soaring on a thermal, and explore the lake by day, before settling down by the campfire under starry skies.
Fringed by ancient River Red Gums and fed by Barringgi Gadyin (Wimmera River), this huge lake is an ideal place for basic bush camping. Both Four-Mile Beach and Schulze’s Beach are suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles and caravan access.
Four-Mile Beach, at the southern end near Jeparit, is the most popular area, with well-developed facilities including powered sites, flush toilets, showers and a camp kitchen. Camp fees apply.
Schulzes Beach camping area is very basic, and The Wattles has a pit toilet. No drinking water is supplied at either, so please remember to bring your own. Bush camping is available at several other locations around the lake, but there are no facilities, and access is via a dry-weather road only.
The lake is a haven for water birds, including White-breasted Sea Eagles, swans, ducks, terns, spoonbills and colonies of pelicans when the lake holds water. Many parrots, wrens, honeyeaters and other bush birds make their homes here too.
Even when dry, this is a remarkable spot rich with wildlife, and an important stronghold for many bird species living on the edge of the Big Desert. Black Box woodlands and the huge River Red Gums, with their thick trunks and gnarled limbs, provide an important habitat for animals, birds and insects.
Things To Do
Lake Hindmarsh Lake Reserve
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