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".