What are the largest lakes in Australia?

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Hi all,

I can't find anything on the net in regards to what are the largest lakes in Australia and I haven't got anything in my home library. Even Geoscience Website only lists largest lake state by state, and largest unnatural.

Can anyone provide the top 10 largest natural lakes in Australia, and whether they are fresh or salt.

No big deal, just wondering.

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Reply By: Topcat (WA) - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 22:44

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 22:44
If you Google 'Australian Facts' search for lakes you will get some info. Here is some of it:
The largest lakes in Australia include Lake Eyre (9500km2), Lake Torrens (5900km2) and Lake Gairdner (4300km2) which are all in South Australia.
The largest artificial lake in Australia is Lake Argyle (700km2) which is in Western Australia.
The Deepest lake in Australia is Lake St Clair.
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 18:55

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 18:55
Lake St Clair in Tassie in my opinion is the most scenic lake I have ever seen. Camped for a couple of nights up the top last Feb.
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Reply By: Maîneÿ (wa) - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 22:45

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 22:45
probably lake Argile would be largest water capacity ?

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Reply By: Member - vivien C (VIC) - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 22:51

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 22:51
Alan - is this what you're after?

Ranking Region Area (km2 or hectares)[1]

1 Lake Gairdner South Australia 1,092 km2
2 Lake Carnegie Western Australia 571 km2
3 Lake Mackay Western Australia and the Northern Territory 549 km2
4 Lake Torrens South Australia 542 km2
5 Lake Macleod Western Australia 514 km2
6 Lake Eyre (North) South Australia 418 km2
7 Lake Frome South Australia 368 km2
8 Lake Moore Western Australia 346 km2
9 Lake Amadeus the Northern Territory 199 km2
10 Lake Wells Western Australia 190 km2
11 Mongers Lake Western Australia 179 km2
12 Lake Blanche South Australia 171 km2
13 The Coorong South Australia 166 km2
14 Lake Carey Western Australia 158 km2
15 Lake Cowan Western Australia 158 km2
16 Lake Eyre (South) South Australia 146 km2
17 Peera Peera Poolanna Lake South Australia 143 km2
18 Lake Raeside Western Australia 138 km2
19 Lake Argyle Western Australia and the Northern Territory 126 km2
20 Lake Gregory Western Australia 104 km2

The list was a lot longer ...

Viv
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 23:01

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 23:01
What was the URL for this list?

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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 23:03

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 23:03
I'm not sure Viv


This is what Geoscience says for each state/territory natural and constructed in Km squared (area)

South Australia Lake Eyre (salt) 9500
Western Australia Lake Mackay 3494
Northern Territory Lake Amadeus (salt) 1032
New South Wales Lake Garnpung 542
Tasmania Lake Gordon 270
Queensland Lake Dalrymple 220
Victoria Lake Corangamite 209
Australian Capital Territory Lake Burley Griffin 7.2

Your data seems very low in area. Is this perhaps average area?

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Follow Up By: Member - vivien C (VIC) - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 23:17

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 23:17
I just googled ten largest lakes australia...and that was what came up...

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and being half asleep etc I didn't look any further just replied to you.

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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 23:29

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 23:29
Thats cool Viv, thanks.

I just thought Lake Eyre would have been number 1 and I see Lake Disappointment is number 48. I would have thought that would have been higher.

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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 07:05

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 07:05
Top Cats figures:
Lake Eyre (9500km2),
Lake Torrens (5900km2)
Lake Gairdner (4300km2).
Lake Argyle (700km2)


Viv posted this
Lake Eyre (North) South Australia 418 km2
Lake Eyre (South) South Australia 146 km2
Lake Torrens South Australia 542 km2
Lake Gairdner South Australia 1,092 km2
Lake Argyle 126 km2

Equinox posted
Lake Eyre also at 9500Km2

So where did Equinox and Top Cat get their figures from?
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Follow Up By: equinox - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 08:26

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 08:26
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HERE

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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 08:52

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 08:52
the site that Viv posted must be wrong?.....
as that site says
Lake Eyre SA 9 500
Lake Torrens SA 5 745
Lake Gairdner SA 4 351
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Follow Up By: Member - vivien C (VIC) - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 10:12

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 10:12
I agree it looks wrong...but where do they get those figures from?

Geoscience site should be right you'd think

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Follow Up By: Topcat (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 20:59

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 20:59
I got my figures from: Australian Facts

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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 07:05

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 07:05
Do they have to actually have water in them ? It seems that Lake Mungo has not had any water in for several thousand years but it is still called a lake !

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Follow Up By: RV Powerstream P/L - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 07:48

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 07:48
Not to be outdone NSW has Lake Macquarie which is the largest permanent salt lake in Australia.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 08:30

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 08:30
Ummmm Ian

A tad erroneous there, you are........lol

Maybe the largest permanent Saltwater Lake in Australia?


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Follow Up By: equinox - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 08:31

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 08:31
Kiwi,

Unless the lake has been destroyed, or could not hold or contain water after heavy rain, then it should be in the list if it was large enough.

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Follow Up By: RV Powerstream P/L - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 10:53

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 10:53
Its only erroneous if it has been documented wrongly and I gleaned that from the internet so that is erudition dont you think.

The lake also through erodition is getting bigger so if there is a tendency to claim erroneous information then in time it will get bigger and maybe catch up.

I can assure you Willem the written word is not through excogitation simply a reviviscence of something written by others which is what most of the above postings are.

I think in fareness we should add the Gippsland Lakes for consideration and also the Myall Lakes but they are not truly salt permanent unless roughly 11000 parts per million brackish in the upper reaches allows qualification.

LoL LOL
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Follow Up By: RV Powerstream P/L - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 11:15

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 11:15
Its only erroneous if it has been documented wrongly and I gleaned that from the internet so that is erudition dont you think.

The lake also through erodition is getting bigger so if there is a tendency to claim erroneous information then in time it will get bigger and maybe catch up.

I can assure you Willem the written word is not through excogitation simply a reviviscence of something written by others which is what most of the above postings are.

I think in fareness we should add the Gippsland Lakes for consideration and also the Myall Lakes but they are not truly salt permanent unless roughly 11000 parts per million brackish in the upper reaches allows qualification.

LoL LOL
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 11:46

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 11:46
Arrrrr...Ian

Methinks you have been perusing the Oxford Dictionary or something alike. Some pretty heavy words there especially 'fareness'....LOL

Like the print media, take everything you find on the Internet with a pinch of salt! :-)



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Follow Up By: RV Powerstream P/L - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 14:20

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 14:20
Ha Ha
Willum
I went back and re read it all and realised Water was the essence in question that Id left out.
I had more than a grain of salt with a waterless lake and to be fair I should have realised you would check my spelling.
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Reply By: Member - Dennis P (Scotland) - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 08:58

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 08:58
Just 'Googled' this,

Largest Lakes and Dams in Australia

Limit to: Whole of Australia | NSW | VIC | QLD | SA | WA | TAS | NT | ACT |

Choose a type of place: Deserts | Forestry Reserves | Lakes and Dams | Nature Conservation Reserves |
Ranking Region Area (km2 or hectares)[1]
1 Lake Gairdner South Australia 1,092 km2
2 Lake Carnegie Western Australia 571 km2
3 Lake Mackay Western Australia and the Northern Territory 549 km2
4 Lake Torrens South Australia 542 km2
5 Lake Macleod Western Australia 514 km2
6 Lake Eyre (North) South Australia 418 km2
7 Lake Frome South Australia 368 km2
8 Lake Moore Western Australia 346 km2
9 Lake Amadeus the Northern Territory 199 km2
10 Lake Wells Western Australia 190 km2
11 Mongers Lake Western Australia 179 km2
12 Lake Blanche South Australia 171 km2
13 The Coorong South Australia 166 km2
14 Lake Carey Western Australia 158 km2
15 Lake Cowan Western Australia 158 km2
16 Lake Eyre (South) South Australia 146 km2
17 Peera Peera Poolanna Lake South Australia 143 km2
18 Lake Raeside Western Australia 138 km2
19 Lake Argyle Western Australia and the Northern Territory 126 km2
20 Lake Gregory Western Australia 104 km2
21 Lake Rebecca Western Australia 9,848 hectares
22 Island Lagoon South Australia 9,623 hectares
23 Lake Everard South Australia 9,026 hectares
24 Lake Barlee Western Australia 8,370 hectares
25 Lake Noondie Western Australia 7,704 hectares
26 Lake Minigwal Western Australia 7,285 hectares
27 Lake Yamma Yamma (Mackillop) Queensland 6,904 hectares
28 Lake White Western Australia and the Northern Territory 6,506 hectares
29 Lake Dalrymple Queensland 6,420 hectares
30 Bilpa Morea Claypan Queensland 6,207 hectares
31 Lake Marmion Western Australia 5,979 hectares
32 Lake Irwin Western Australia 5,847 hectares
33 Lake Sylvester the Northern Territory 5,728 hectares
34 Lake Lefroy Western Australia 5,717 hectares
35 Lake Alexandrina South Australia 5,651 hectares
36 Lake Macfarlane South Australia 5,207 hectares
37 Lake Dora Western Australia 5,168 hectares
38 Lake Umaroona South Australia 4,877 hectares
39 Lake Gordon Tasmania 4,766 hectares
40 Lake Austin Western Australia 4,600 hectares
41 Lake Way Western Australia 4,580 hectares
42 Tarrabool Lake the Northern Territory 4,346 hectares
43 Lake Woods the Northern Territory 4,253 hectares
44 Lake Burnside (Oneahibunga) Western Australia 4,223 hectares
45 Lake Gregory South Australia 4,217 hectares
46 Lake Eucumbene New South Wales 4,029 hectares
47 Lake Lewis the Northern Territory 3,851 hectares
48 Lake Disappointment Western Australia 3,755 hectares
49 Garnpung Lake New South Wales 3,735 hectares
50 Lake Griselda South Australia 3,514 hectares

Interestingly it shows Lake Eyre as North and South.

Cheers,
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Follow Up By: Max - Sydney - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 17:20

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 17:20
This being Australia, you get to No 13 before you get to one that is not dry most of the time - and we re doing our best to kill the Coorong too!

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 21:46

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 21:46
Hello Folks,

I'd be interested to know how some of these lake areas have been arrived at. Whether its the area of lake full, or the apparent area, taken off satellite, or aerial photos?

For instance, Lake Yamma Yamma in Qld, is supposed to be 6,904 ha. Now I've never been there, but a late friend used to fly around this lake, because he said it was 50 clicks across. "And if you have an engine failure crossing it, 50 kms is a long way to swim" unquote.

Even the Lake Eyre area seems "small". I have flown past it, on way to William Ck, and it just disappears into the distance. Bloody huge.

My comments weren't meant to have a go at any posters, just the info posted.

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Reply By: x - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 22:30

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 22:30
From the shore, Lake Mackay looks big. Very big indeed. I am not surprised it is number three. I was hoping it would be in the top 5.

We should have an honour roll of those who have visited the 10 biggest Australian lakes- like they do for those who have climbed all the mountains over 8000 metres.

Visiting the lakes would be far harder and a lot more fun than visiting a bunch of Himalayan mountains. And you'd look pretty bloody silly driving your heavily modified Patrol up Mt Everest or K2.

Nice thread Alan.

Keep up the good work.
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Reply By: x - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 09:49

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 09:49
I reckon the lists are dead wrong.

A quick look on Google Earth will reveal that the published list above is way out of wack.

For instance, Lake Carnegie (No 2) is a nothing, comprising mostly large islands and a few streaks of actual lake. And Lake Eyre North and Lake Torrens are much bigger than Lake Gairdner (No 1).

Never trust the Internet I say.
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Follow Up By: equinox - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 11:08

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 11:08
x,

Maybe the figures are the outside perimetre of the lakes. Lake Carnegie isn't exactly a perfect circle. Just a thought!!

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