Lake Benalla

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Lake Benalla
Lake Benalla.jpg
View of Lake Benalla, from the south east, in 2006.
Lake Benalla is located in Victoria
Lake Benalla
Lake Benalla
Location in Victoria
Location High Country, Victoria
Coordinates 36°33′06″S 145°58′47″E / 36.55167°S 145.97972°E / -36.55167; 145.97972Coordinates: 36°33′06″S 145°58′47″E / 36.55167°S 145.97972°E / -36.55167; 145.97972[1]
Type Artificial
River sources Broken River
Basin countries Australia
Surface area 16 ha (40 acres)[2]
Surface elevation 170 m (560 ft) AHD[citation needed]
Frozen Never
Islands 7[citation needed]
Settlements Benalla

Lake Benalla (/bəˈnælə/[3]), an artificial lake located in Benalla in the High Country region of Victoria, Australia, was created in the 1970s.[4][5]

In 2010, more than one hundred residents surrounding the lake were evacuated from their homes at Benalla. The river peaked in the city at 4.1 metres (13 ft) which was 40 centimetres (16 in) above its major flood level. A retaining wall built in approximately 1960 to ward off floods kept the flood water level under control.[6][7]

The Benalla Botanical Gardens are located on the shore of Lake Benalla.

The lake is crossed by the Hume Freeway.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lake Benalla". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Map of Lake Benalla, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Macquarie Dictionary (Fourth ed.). Melbourne: The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. 2005. ISBN 1-876429-14-3. 
  4. ^ "Lake Benalla". Place Names Search. Geoscience Australia. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Lake Benalla and Environs Strategic Framework Plan" (PDF). Benalla Planning Scheme (PDF). Department of Planning and Community Development. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  6. ^ McDonald, Fiona (5 September 2010). "100 people forced to flee as rising lake splits Benalla". The Border Mail. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Campbell, James (6 September 2010). "Benalla spared from Victorian floods this time". The Herald Sun. Retrieved 16 July 2014.