List of lakes of Australia

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Natural freshwater lakes in Australia are rare due to the general absence of glacial and tectonic activity in Australia.[citation needed]


Most lakes in Australia fall within one of five categories. Excluding lakes created by man-made dams for water storage and other purposes, one can identify the following:

A list of the notable lakes in Australia includes:

Coastal lakes and lagoons[edit]

An aerial view of Lake Alexandrina, South Australia, 2004.
Landsat 7 imagery of the Gippsland Lakes, Victoria, 2005.
Tuggerah Lake as viewed from Kanwal, New South Wales, 2006.
Lake nameState/territory
Lake AlexandrinaSouth Australia
Avoca LakeNew South Wales
Blue LakeQueensland
Brown LakeQueensland
Lake Broadwater
Budgewoi LakeNew South Wales
Lake ComoQueensland
Lake Cooloola
Lake Cooroibah
Lake CootharabaQueensland
Lake BonneySouth Australia
Dee Why LagoonNew South Wales
Gippsland LakesVictoria
Glenrock LagoonNew South Wales
Lake IllawarraNew South Wales
Mallacoota Inlet
Lake MacquarieNew South Wales
Lake MunmorahNew South Wales
Myall LakesNew South Wales
Narrabeen LagoonNew South Wales
Orielton LagoonTasmania
Smiths LakeNew South Wales
St Georges BasinNew South Wales and
the Jervis Bay Territory
Tabourie LakeNew South Wales
Terrigal LagoonNew South Wales
Tuggerah LakeNew South Wales
Lake VictoriaVictoria
Wallis LakeNew South Wales
Wamberal LagoonNew South Wales
Lake WeybaQueensland
Lake WollumboolaNew South Wales
Wonboyn LakeNew South Wales

Perched lakes[edit]

Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island, Queensland is a perched lake, 2004.
Lake nameState/territory
Lake McKenzieQueensland
Lake WobbyQueensland

Freshwater lakes[edit]

Menindee Lakes, in New South Wales, viewed from 16,000 feet (4,900 m), 2009.
Lake nameState/territory
Lake AwoongaQueensland
Lake BathurstNew South Wales
Lake Batyo CatyoVictoria
Blue LakeNew South Wales
Boobera LagoonQueensland
Lake Bonney (Riverland)South Australia
Lake Bryde-East Lake BrydeWestern Australia
Chipping Norton LakeNew South Wales
Corella LakeNorthern Territory
Lake CowalNew South Wales
Dove LakeTasmania
Lake DunnQueensland
Lake ElphinstoneQueensland
Lake GeorgeNew South Wales
Glenbrook LagoonNew South Wales
Lake HindmarshVictoria
Lake MagentaWestern Australia
Lake MirandaSouth Australia
Menindee LakesNew South Wales
Narran LakesNew South Wales
Lake Nuga NugaQueensland
Tarrabool LakeNorthern Territory
Lake SylvesterNorthern Territory
Lake St ClairTasmania
Wallaga LakeNew South Wales
Wattle Grove LakeNew South Wales
Lake WoytchuggaNew South Wales

Glacial lakes[edit]

Lake Cootapatamba, New South Wales, 2008.
Lake nameState/territory
Blue LakeNew South Wales
Club LakeAustralian Antarctic Territory
Headley Tarn
Lake AlbinaNew South Wales
Lake CootapatambaNew South Wales
Lake SelinaTasmania

Salt lakes[edit]

Lake Buchanan, Queensland, as seen from space, 2010.
Lake Eyre, South Australia, 2007.
Lake Mungo, part of the Willandra Lakes, New South Wales, 2005.
Lake nameState/territory
Lake AmadeusNorthern Territory
Lake BarleeWestern Australia
Lake BuchananQueensland
Lake CadibarrawirracannaSouth Australia
Lake CareyWestern Australia
Lake CorangamiteVictoria
Lake DisappointmentWestern Australia
Dumbleyung LakeWestern Australia
Lake DundasWestern Australia
Lake EyreSouth Australia
Lake FromeSouth Australia
Lake GairdnerSouth Australia
Lake GalileeQueensland
Lake GregorySouth Australia
Goyder LagoonSouth Australia
Hutt LagoonWestern Australia
Lake HartSouth Australia
Island Lake
Lake LefroyWestern Australia
Murtnaghurt LagoonVictoria
Lake MungoNew South Wales
Lake TorrensSouth Australia
Lake UranaNew South Wales
Willandra LakesNew South Wales
Lake Yamma YammaQueensland

Volcanic lakes[edit]

Blue Lake near Mount Gambier, South Australia, 2009.
Lake nameState/territory
Blue LakeSouth Australia
Lake BarrineQueensland
Lake EachamQueensland
Lake EuramooQueensland
Valley LakeSouth Australia

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Powell, Greg (1990). The Snowy Mountains: A bushwalker's diary. Hampton, Victoria: Macstyle. p. 10. ISBN 1-875293-08-6.