Yarrie Lake Things to Do

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    BUSH WALKS AROUND THE LAKE

    by balhannah Updated Dec 20, 2014

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    This was a must do for me, a way to experience the sounds & sights of the Bush at its best.
    By walking you never know what you may find. The Lake was completely full, so instead of doing the whole circuit in one go, I had to do it in two parts.
    Off I went, walking along the sandy lake-side road when I saw some Animal coming towards me. I stopped but it still kept coming! I wondered what it was, then when close enough I could see it was a big Hare. Obviously he hadn't seen me as 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 Kangaroos, they hopped a short distance away to sit in the bush and watch 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 with 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.

    Directions: 25kms from Narrabri, turnoff, 3kms from the Australia Telescope

    Looking back to camp Grey Kangaroo that I startled Gum Tree Reflections Picnic areas on the other side of the lake Sunrise
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    LAGOON SIDE OF THE LAKE

    by balhannah Updated Dec 20, 2014

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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, one that is quite easy that anybody should be able to do.
    The road ends at a Lagoon which is full of dead Trees. It is classified as a Bird sanctuary, so flocks of Birds come here to roost at night. They seem to know when they are safe!
    It is very pretty, especially early morning when the mist is rising off the water.

    Address: Yarrie Lake

    Lagoon area Lagoon Area Lagoon area Lagoon area Early rise Parrots departing their roosts
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    SUNRISE

    by balhannah Updated Dec 20, 2014

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    Sunrise, and as I am 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 of the sunrise, it is well worth doing.

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    Sunrise @ Yarrie Lake Sunrise & Ducks @ Yarrie Lake Sunrise @ Yarrie Lake Sunrise & some Birds in flight Sunrise @ Yarrie Lake
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    BIRD WATCHING

    by balhannah Updated Dec 20, 2014

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    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 seen are 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, the squawking began as they took flight and made their way to their feeding grounds, easily a hundred or more of them. Then just before dusk, they would all return to their roosts for the night. Large flocks of Galahs too!

    I saw many Birds here, it is an excellent place for Birdwatching.

    Address: yarrie Lake

    Directions: continue on past the turn off to the Australia Telescope for approximately 3kms where you will turn left to Yarrie Lake. Continue down this road for approx 3 kms then turn right onto a dirt road signposted to Yarrie Lake,

    Sulphur Crested Cockatoo's Galahs Sulphur Crested Cockatoo's Sulphur Crested Cockatoo's Mallee Ringneck parrot
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    MALLEE RINGNECK

    by balhannah Updated Dec 20, 2014

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    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 Parrots, mainly green with a 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!

    Mallee Ringnecked Parrot Mallee Ringnecked Parrot Mallee Ringnecked Parrot Mallee Ringnecked Parrot Mallee Ring Necked Parrot
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    YARRIE LAKE

    by balhannah Updated Dec 20, 2014

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    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.

    Address: 25kms from Narrabri

    Directions: Follow directions to Australian Telescope, then, about 3kms later, turn left to Yarrie Lake. Continue down this road for approx 3 kms then turn right onto a dirt road signposted to Yarrie Lake

    Late afternoon at Yarrie Lake Swimming area at Yarrie Lake Yarrie Lake Picnic area at Yarrie Lake
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    Walking the lake

    by iandsmith Written Sep 11, 2011

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    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.

    Yarrie Lake sunrise Far side of the lake
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    Yabbie paradise

    by iandsmith Written Sep 11, 2011

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    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.

    Wished I had caught them
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    For the birds

    by iandsmith Written Sep 11, 2011

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    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.

    Black faced swallows White throated treecreeper Probably a thrush Galahs abound
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    Arriving

    by iandsmith Written Sep 11, 2011

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    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 lake at sunset
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