List of lakes of Australia

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Natural freshwater lakes in Australia are rare due to the general absence of glacial and tectonic activity in Australia.[citation needed]


Most lakes in Australia fall within one of five categories. Excluding lakes created by man-made dams for water storage and other purposes, one can identify the following:

A list of the notable lakes in Australia includes:

Coastal lakes and lagoons[edit]

An aerial view of Lake Alexandrina, South Australia, 2004.
Landsat 7 imagery of the Gippsland Lakes, Victoria, 2005.
Tuggerah Lake as viewed from Kanwal, New South Wales, 2006.
Lake name State/territory
Lake Alexandrina South Australia
Avoca Lake New South Wales
Blue Lake Queensland
Brown Lake Queensland
Lake Broadwater Queensland
Budgewoi Lake New South Wales
Lake Como Queensland
Lake Cooloola Queensland
Lake Cooroibah Queensland
Lake Cootharaba Queensland
Lake Bonney South Australia
Dee Why Lagoon New South Wales
Gippsland Lakes Victoria
Glenrock Lagoon New South Wales
Lake Illawarra New South Wales
Mallacoota Inlet Victoria
Lake Macquarie New South Wales
Lake Munmorah New South Wales
Myall Lakes New South Wales
Narrabeen Lagoon New South Wales
Orielton Lagoon Tasmania
Smiths Lake New South Wales
St Georges Basin New South Wales and
the Jervis Bay Territory
Tabourie Lake New South Wales
Terrigal Lagoon New South Wales
Tuggerah Lake New South Wales
Lake Victoria Victoria
Wallis Lake New South Wales
Wamberal Lagoon New South Wales
Lake Weyba Queensland
Lake Wollumboola New South Wales
Wonboyn Lake New South Wales

Perched lakes[edit]

Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island, Queensland is a perched lake, 2004.
Lake name State/territory
Lake McKenzie Queensland
Lake Wobby Queensland

Freshwater lakes[edit]

Menindee Lakes, in New South Wales, viewed from 16,000 feet (4,900 m), 2009.
Lake name State/territory
Lake Awoonga Queensland
Lake Bathurst New South Wales
Lake Batyo Catyo Victoria
Blue Lake New South Wales
Boobera Lagoon Queensland
Lake Bonney (Riverland) South Australia
Lake Bryde-East Lake Bryde Western Australia
Chipping Norton Lake New South Wales
Corella Lake Northern Territory
Lake Cowal New South Wales
Dove Lake Tasmania
Lake Dunn Queensland
Lake Elphinstone Queensland
Lake George New South Wales
Glenbrook Lagoon New South Wales
Lake Hindmarsh Victoria
Lake Magenta Western Australia
Lake Miranda South Australia
Menindee Lakes New South Wales
Lake Moore New South Wales
Narran Lakes New South Wales
Lake Nuga Nuga Queensland
Tarrabool Lake Northern Territory
Lake Sylvester Northern Territory
Lake St Clair Tasmania
Wallaga Lake New South Wales
Wattle Grove Lake New South Wales
Lake Woytchugga New South Wales

Glacial lakes[edit]

Lake Cootapatamba, New South Wales, 2008.
Lake name State/territory
Club Australian Antarctic Territory
Albina New South Wales
Selina Tasmania
Headley Tarn

Salt lakes[edit]

Lake Buchanan, Queensland, as seen from space, 2010.
Lake Eyre, South Australia, 2007.
Lake Mungo, part of the Willandra Lakes, New South Wales, 2005.
Lake name State/territory
Lake Amadeus Northern Territory
Lake Barlee Western Australia
Lake Buchanan Queensland
Lake Cadibarrawirracanna South Australia
Lake Carey Western Australia
Lake Corangamite Victoria
Lake Disappointment Western Australia
Dumbleyung Lake Western Australia
Lake Dundas Western Australia
Lake Eyre South Australia
Lake Frome South Australia
Lake Gairdner South Australia
Lake Galilee Queensland
Lake Gregory South Australia
Goyder Lagoon South Australia
Hutt Lagoon Western Australia
Lake Hart South Australia
Island Lake
Lake Lefroy Western Australia
Lake Mackay Western Australia & Northern Territory
Murtnaghurt Lagoon Victoria
Lake Mungo New South Wales
Lake Torrens South Australia
Lake Urana New South Wales
Willandra Lakes New South Wales
Lake Yamma Yamma Queensland

Volcanic lakes[edit]

Blue Lake near Mount Gambier, South Australia, 2009.
Lake name State/territory
Blue Lake South Australia
Lake Barrine Queensland
Lake Eacham Queensland
Lake Euramoo Queensland
Valley Lake South Australia

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Powell, Greg (1990). The Snowy Mountains: A bushwalker's diary. Hampton, Victoria: Macstyle. p. 10. ISBN 1-875293-08-6. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Lakes of Australia at Wikimedia Commons