Ephemeral lake walk, Broken Hill area, NSW

A walk along the foreshore of a shallow but expansive ephemeral lake somewhere in far western NSW, possibly a day trip from Broken Hill.

Ephemeral lake walk, Broken Hill area

On a 2009 road trip to Broken Hill we did a walk along the shore of a large, natural, ephemeral lake, and saw scenes typical of the Australian outback. There was lots of wildlife (both native and feral), flat arid land, and the shallow but expansive lake.

I don’t remember the name of the lake, but I think it was a day-trip from Broken Hill. If you are visiting the area then perhaps investigate what lakes have water in them and then head on out.  I don’t think it was a part of the Menindee Lakes, because we visited them on the drive back home. Here’s where Broken Hill is anyway…

 

And here’s a link to a tourism website.

Ephemeral lake walk: The Scenery

I’ve included some shots of Broken Hill so that I can legitimately put my map marker in the town itself (since I don’t know the location of this walk). 

Ephemeral lake walk, Broken Hill area
The main street of Broken Hill.

 

Ephemeral lake walk, Broken Hill area
We stayed at the Imperial Hotel, which was being renovated at the time. It had featured in the movie Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

 

Ephemeral lake walk, Broken Hill area
There’s a big pile of earth (or something, maybe ore) on the edge of town.

 

Ephemeral lake walk, Broken Hill area
Some pretty straight roads in the area. But also very rutted and sometimes bumpy roads, so that when we returned we needed over 200 screws and bolts tightened back up on our car.

 

Ephemeral lake walk, Broken Hill area
Lots of emus about.

 

Ephemeral lake walk, Broken Hill area
The foreshore.

 

Ephemeral lake walk, Broken Hill area
There were goats everywhere in the outback.

 

Ephemeral lake walk, Broken Hill area
My attempt at an artistic shot.

 

Ephemeral lake walk, Broken Hill area
Very flat. Just a sliver of land to separate water from sky.

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Ephemeral lake walk, Broken Hill area
Lots of birds congregating by the water.

Ephemeral lake walk, Broken Hill area

Ephemeral lake walk, Broken Hill area
Sophia walking back here. We didn’t walk very far because the scenery didn’t change much.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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