Lake Victoria (Victoria)

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This article is about the lake on the Bellarine Peninsula. For Lake Victoria in Gippsland, see Gippsland Lakes.
Lake Victoria
Lake Victoria from Collendina.jpg
View of lake from the west
Lake Victoria is located in Victoria
Lake Victoria
Lake Victoria
Location in Victoria
Location Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria
Coordinates 38°16′22″S 144°35′21″E / 38.27278°S 144.58917°E / -38.27278; 144.58917Coordinates: 38°16′22″S 144°35′21″E / 38.27278°S 144.58917°E / -38.27278; 144.58917[1]
Type Saline
Basin countries Australia
Surface area 139 ha (340 acres)
References [2]

Lake Victoria is a 139-hectare (340-acre) shallow saline lake on the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria in Australia, close to the township of Point Lonsdale and part of the Lonsdale Lakes Nature Reserve administered by Parks Victoria.[2]

Location and features[edit]

The lake is separated from Bass Strait by a narrow strip of coastal dunes. It forms part of the Swan Bay wetland system of shallow marine areas and lagoons, and is an important wetland for waterbirds and waders.[3]

The site is part of the Swan Bay and Port Phillip Bay Islands Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International.[4] Birds of conservation significance for which the lake and its surrounds are important include the hooded plover, little egret and orange-bellied parrot. It sometimes holds internationally significant numbers of red-necked stints and banded stilts.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lake Victoria". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Map of Lake Victoria, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Hewish, M.J. (2003). Fauna values of three sub-coastal wetlands on the Bellarine Peninsula: Lake Victoria, Freshwater Lake and St Leonards Salt Lagoon. Parks Victoria Technical Series No.10. Parks Victoria: Melbourne. ISSN 1448-4935
  4. ^ "IBA: Swan Bay and Port Phillip Bay Islands". Birdata. Birds Australia. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  5. ^ Hewish, Marilyn. (2003). The waterbirds of Lake Victoria, a sub-coastal wetland on the Bellarine Peninsula. Geelong Bird Report 2002: 73-110.