A wander around the lake is easy because it's all flat and the road makes it easy to get anywhere. There's also several picnic and camping sites (no power) around the lake.
You can easily park around near the lagoon and walk the loop and return in less than two hours comfortably.
They say there's no fish in Yarrie Lake though when I saw something break the surface numerous times I had to query that statement. Anyhow, I have no other evidence but, I can state with some authority that there are yabbies aplenty.
Some friends I made while there caught this saucepan full though myself, using an inferior trap, lost my bait and came up empty handed.
This is a noted birding centre because (a) there are birds there and (b) you don't have to go far to see them.
Of course you can also stay here which is a big plus so that you're there in the morning which is the best time for birds.
Narrabri beckoned and I reached the tourist information centre around 4 p.m. and decided to make camp at Yarrie Lake. How fortuitous that turned out to be. The lake is 36 kms from Narrabri, surrounded by forest and circular in shape, around half a kilometre across, designated by its meteoric origins apparently. It’s truly a gem. So peaceful, apart from the birds, lots of shelter and apparently full of yabbies; and what a lovely sunset.
The "Mallee Ringneck Parrot" is one that I had only seen Avairies, it is not a common Parrot to see.
Around our camp area, there were four of them, it looked like they were looking for a nesting place, as they were checking out the hollows in the Gum Trees.
These are pretty Parrot's, mainly green, with Blue & Green head, a red frontal band, some Yellow on their breasts, and some turquoise on them as well.
A pretty Parrot, so keep your eyes open for them here!
Yarrie Lake is known to have over 70 species of birds that call the area home.
As it is a Lake, you will see all kinds of water birds, like Herons, Egrets and Bitterns, Ibises, Spoonbills, Rails, Coots and Black-tailed Native-hen
Other Birds such as Flowerpeckers, Mistletoebird, Plum-headed Finches and a lot more.
There were stacks of Parrots, huge flocks of Sulphur Crested Parrots & Galahs.
You could set your watch by the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo's. Just as the Sun rose, they left their roost and flew to their feeding grounds, squawking on their way, easily a hundred or more of them. Then, just before dusk, they would all return to their roosts for the night.
Galahs, and flocks of them also.
I saw many Birds here, it is an excellent place for Birdwatching.
Sunrise, and as an earlybird, it was no trouble for me to be up before the sunrise.
Yarrie Lake I had read, has lovely sunrises. Lucky, the Sun rose the other side of the Lake, and the reflections in the water were just lovely. My opinion was....BEAUTIFUL!
If you can, walk around the Lake for different angles on the sunrise, it is well worth doing.
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We were staying in the Camping area, so from here I walked to the left, and to the right.
A MUST DO, is the walk to the right that takes you past the Boat ramp & swimming area. Preferably, go early morning if you wish to see the Birdlife, if not, any time of the day it still is nice.
This is not a long walk, and very easy, so anybody can do it.
The road ends at a Lagoon, full of dead Trees, it is a sanctuary, so the flocks of Birds come here to roost at night.
It is very pretty, especially early morning when the mist is rising off the water.
For me, this was a must do, a way to experience the sounds & sights of the Bush at its best.
By walking, you never know what you may find.
As the Lake was completely full, I could not do the whole circuit in one big walk, so instead, had to do it in two parts.
I was walking along the sandy road, when some Animal was coming towards me. I stopped, but it still kept coming, so I wondered what it was. It turned out to be a big Hare, obviously, he hadn't seen me, when he did, he propped, and decided we were not going to meet, and into the bush he went.
I startled a group of Grey Kangaroo's, they hopped a short distance away, then sat and watched me.
All the way around the Lake, I found nice Picnic shelters with tables & chairs, and wooden bbqs, [remember to check for fire bans], what a great idea, It would mean the main picnic area would not get full with people in Summer.
People had put ropes in the trees to swing off into the water.
New Toilets were being built.
The walk also gives you a chance to view the Lake from all directions, and what I loved, was the Gum Trees on the waters edge, their roots protruding, and the most gorgeous reflections!
This Lake had water like glass for a lot of the day, would be great for water skiing.
So, go for a walk, just take your time, and enjoy the peace and beauty of the Australian Bush.
Yarrie Lake is not a huge Lake!
The Lake is a perfectly circular, “dish shaped” body of water, 3 km in diameter and about 2 metres deep in the centre when full. It is believed to have been formed by a meteor falling to earth millions of years ago
Water sports are allowed on the Lake, with only 10 Motor boats being allowed on at any one time. There is an area marked out for swimming, and I did notice sandy edges all the way around the Lake.
Of interest is the unusual milky colour of the water, thought to come from the sandy bases of the creeks and the soil from the Pilliga scrub, the water which fills Yarrie Lake. The water is quite suitable for swimming and water activities, but is relatively shallow, so no diving is permitted.