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Lake Corangamite and Great Otway National Park, Australia

April 30th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Snapshots

Australia - April 14th, 2009

Australia - April 14th, 2009

Much of the dark green area on the tip of the state of Victoria, Australia, is part of the Great Otway National Park, 162 km southwest of Melbourne.

The park runs along the coast in the Otway Ranges, offering good access to beaches and to the Otway forest.  It is notable for its diverse range of landscapes and vegetation types.

North of the national park is Lake Corangamite, Victoria’s largest natural lake, in the Lakes and Craters region of the Victorian Volcanic Plains.

The lake is hypersaline, and salinity levels have increased dramatically as the lake level has dropped in recent decades. Despite this drop, it is Australia’s largest permanent saline lake, covering approximately 230 km2 with a circumference of about 150 km.

It is listed on the Ramsar list of wetlands of international importance and is very important to the local environment and local bird species.

South of the national park, offshore in the Bass Strait, King Island can be seen. It is one of the islands that make up the state of Tasmania, Australia, and the largest of a group known as New Year Islands.

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