Lake Tyrrell

Vision Magazine - - Contents - English Text by Janita lum Chi­nese Text by Ca­role lu Pho­tos by ro­han mott



Lake Tyrrell is the cen­tre­piece of a small town called Sea Lake in Vic­to­ria and it’s the largest in­land salt lake in the state. Even though it’s over 300 km north­west of Melbourne the lake has re­cently be­come a pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tion, es­pe­cially among Chi­nese tourists. Vis­i­tors are drawn to the area by the ex­pan­sive view of sun­rises and sun­sets, glis­ten­ing night skies, and nat­u­ral scenery. De­spite the va­ri­ety of scenery the ru­ral land­scape has to of­fer, the main at­trac­tion is the mi­rage ef­fect pro­vided by the lake, aug­ment­ing the nat­u­ral beauty of land and sky. The flat, dark sur­face pro­vides a per­fect mir­ror for the stun­ning sur­rounds.

Lake Tyrrell de­rives its name from the Wer­gaia lan­guage of the in­dige­nous Boorong clan who mea­sured the sea­sons in the stars and saw their dream­time sto­ries among the con­stel­la­tions in the night sky, vividly re­flected onto the dark sur­face of the lake. The Abo­rig­i­nal word tyrille trans­lat­ing as space or sky, pro­vided the per­fect name for this beau­ti­fully re­flec­tive body of wa­ter.

The en­chant­ing spec­ta­cle was lit­tle known even to Vic­to­ri­ans un­til pho­tos of the lake were cir­cu­lated on Chi­nese so­cial media, where it quickly be­came known as the "Sky Mir­ror" and turned into a highly de­sir­able tourist of­fer. The lake’s main at­trac­tion is the amaz­ing photo op­por­tu­ni­ties when its re­flec­tive sur­face aug­ments the stun­ning sur­round­ing sky and scenery. A par­tic­u­lar species of al­gae blooms dur­ing wet and warm weather, turn­ing the lake a del­i­cate shade of pink. Tourists first be­gan to trickle in two years ago, and the area is now brim­ming with vis­i­tors ea­ger to im­merse them­selves in the mes­meris­ing beauty, both phys­i­cally and pic­to­ri­ally- the re­flec­tive sur­face lends it­self to trick pho­tog­ra­phy, mak­ing it seem as if vis­i­tors are "walk­ing on wa­ter".

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