Vanishing act (Lake George)

Lake George or Weereewa, by it’s Aboriginal name, is a mysterious lake!

When full it’s a wide, pancake of a lake only a metre deep on average.

But in low rainfall, it evaporates to lie as grassy sheep paddocks for many years. Fences stretch off to the muddy middle, parted only by a gently flowing creek.

It’s an on again, off again lake!

Snow storm over Lake George, New South Wales, Australia - Aug 2008

Who pulled the plug?

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It’s a local thing that everyone reminisces about “when Lake George was full”. For me that was the late 80s, before the hugging Sydney to Canberra highway was duplicated.

The waters lapped at the road bank. You could fish from near the roadside rest stops.

Then drier years followed.

Lake George struggled to get much more than the creek and muddy smears for a decade or so.

The constant rains of 2010, and then flooding in 2011, saw the windswept waters partly come back…And just as quickly vanish!

But now after our record wet winter, we have a water wonderland again! Wavelets cover the grassy paddocks. Pelicans and other water birds have returned.

Lake George from Marked Tree Rd, via Collector, NSW, Australia

Wonderful Weereewa!

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It’s not too hard to picture the lakeside resort that was once planned? Or the paddle-steamers that partied on the lake over a century ago!

So it seems, for the time being, the poor farmer has lost his paddocks!  ♦


 

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9 comments on “Vanishing act (Lake George)

  1. jmacindoe says:

    Great shots. Looks like a great place for a long hike.

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  3. What an amazing story!

  4. Heyjude says:

    Thank you for popping over to see me, I figured I should come and have a look at your blog especially as I love all things Australian – well except all things that bite or sting… I have been past Lake George in the late ’90s and it was a paddock then. Nice to see it with water 🙂
    Jude xx

  5. We drove past the ‘lake’ yesterday morning, it is beginning to evaporate but there is still a vast expanse of water particularly near the lookout used by the hog gliders. Great to see.

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