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Lake Elizabeth is a must see for wildlife - a myriad of different birds, which just hang around the camp area, often quite unconcerned by the presence of humans.
See Lake Elizabeth travelogue for more detail on the Lake itself.
It's situated 30 kms from Colac, near Forrest.
The countryside in the Forrest region is lush and green, open dairy farming land, sheep grazing countryside and winding highway road through the Eucalypt forest in between. Far greener and damper than many places in the state, currently rather dry and suffering due to the drought.
Updated Jun 20, 2003
Favorite thing: Close to the centre of town, the Botanical gardens stretches, along the shore line above Lake Colac, a huge body of water, shimmering blue in the bright sunlight on the day we were there.
There are nice parks and walks you can take from the Colac township; we found a nice one beside the Botanical Gardens.
The air was fairly ringing with many bird calls in all directions, almost sounding like Turkeys gobbling, but which we discovered to be currawongs (black/grey white tailed magpies) calling and answering each other incessantly.
Another typical Australian feature: birds wherever you go, often all around, even in town parks.
A narrow creek wound and meandered through the green, lush park. As we stood on one of the little wooden elevated crossing bridges, large ducks floated contentedly beneath us, and waterfowl picked their way through the weed in the shallows, as did two long legged grey cranes, who seemed fairly unfazed by our presence, as long as we didn’t approach too closely.
Fondest memory: Weeping willows and large thick oak trees just beginning to turn golden, lining the creek’s walking trails.
Written Apr 26, 2003