Best St, the main street of Sea Lake
|Population||640 (2016 census)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Buloke|
Sea Lake is a town in the Mallee district of north-west Victoria, Australia and is situated on the southern shores of Lake Tyrrell. The town is located on the Calder Highway, 351 kilometres (218 mi) north-west of Melbourne, and 73 kilometres (45 mi) west of Swan Hill. Sea Lake is in the heart of Australia's wheat belt, and is the main township for a number of wheat farms in the region. At the 2011 census, Sea Lake had a population of 616.
The site upon which Sea Lake is situated was first visited by colonists in 1838. Sea Lake may have been given its name by an early settler, Edward Eyre, from the Port Phillip area. Purportedly, the sea-like appearance of Lake Tyrrell inspired Eyre. An alternative version of the naming of Sea Lake comes from a surveyors report of the time when planning the township (which lies to the south of Lake Tyrrell). It is purported that a surveyor mistook a mark on hand drawings "see lake" which had been used by the author of the drawings to mark a landmark.
Lake Tyrrell is the largest salt lake in Victoria, covering approximately 70 square miles (180 km2). Much of the time, Lake Tyrrell is dry. However, the lake is occasionally fed by Tyrrell Creek. There is a salt extraction plant located in Sea Lake, processing the lake's salt deposits.
Sea Lake has a rich grain farming history and one of the first recorded stations in the area is Tyrrell Downs.
Sea Lake is located in fairly close proximity to several major national parks, including Wyperfeld National Park and Hattah-Kulkyne National Park. The town of Sea Lake is known for its once-yearly rally car race called the Mallee Rally, held on the Queens Birthday holiday in June. Sea Lake's main newspaper is called the Times Ensign. The paper was established in 1897.
Golfers play at the course of the Sea Lake Golf Club.
The township has one hotel, the Royal Hotel (locally known as the Top Pub). It has a rich history with the Royal Hotel particularly being designed in a grand manner with generous accommodation facilities. It also has a motel - the Thisledome Motel. The town also includes a visitors center in the towns Main Street which is operated by town locals Julie and Ross Williams, who also offer tours of Lake Tyrrell.
To the south of Sea Lake (some 10 kilometres (6.2 mi)) lies the fresh water lake - Green Lake. This lake has served the surrounding communities well over the years for water sports recreation and as a holiday retreat. The lake was at its hey day in the 70s particularly when many speed boats and families spent hot summers at the lake. The lake is part of a natural depression and is fed by water by channel. It was dry for many years but around 2009 it was refilled.
Flora, fauna, and environment
- The Sea Lake Mallee Rally on Australia's official tourism site
- Encyclopædia Britannica entry about Sea Lake
- Encyclopædia Britannica entry about Lake Tyrrell
Media related to Sea Lake, Victoria at Wikimedia Commons