Lake Alexander

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This article is about the lake in Darwin, Australia. For the lake in southeast Alaska, see Lake Alexander (Alaska).
Lake Alexander
Lake Alexander pan.jpg
Location Darwin, Northern Territory
Coordinates 12°25′S 130°50′E / 12.417°S 130.833°E / -12.417; 130.833Coordinates: 12°25′S 130°50′E / 12.417°S 130.833°E / -12.417; 130.833
Type reservoir
Basin countries Australia

Lake Alexander is a man-made lake named in honour of Alec Fong Lim who was Lord Mayor of Darwin from 1984 to 1990. The lake is located in Fannie Bay Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia and was officially opened on the 21 July 1991 for recreational use by the people of Darwin. The water in the lake is refreshed with pumps bringing water from the adjoining harbour through filters intended to prevent marine organisms from entering. This system has succeeded in keeping large predators such as crocodiles and buyll sharks, and the locally abundant box and irukanji jelly fish. However the lake has been closed to swimming twice, once due to a large Orange-spotted grouper and once due to an outbreak of a stinging species of Cassiopea jelly fish.[1]



  1. ^ George W. Philbey and, Richard C. Willan (July 2005). "Lake Alexander: a Biological Census" (PDF). MAGNT Research Report No. 11. Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. p. 33. Retrieved 10 December 2013.