Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #21 – Lake Bellfield, Grampian NP, Victoria
|Lake Bellfield – AND Scenic Public Toilet – from Dam Wall, Grampians, Victoria|
At first glance you’d think the only thing lacking in this staggering panorama is a scenic public toilet, right?
Wrong! Look again – they’ve thought of everything on the shores of Lake Bellfield, deep in the heart of Victoria’s Grampians National Park.
|Lake Bellfield from the Amenities!|
Still can’t see it? The red circle in the lower right hand corner highlights this convenient combination of public amenities, information shelter, lookout and picnic area.
Oh – and a car parking area for those who want to work off their lunch (or in our case, the large selection of goodies from the nearby Hall’s Gap Bakery) with an interesting ~1km return walk across the dam wall.
Take the stroll if you want photos like these!!
|On the bottom of Lake Bellfied, mid-2000’s|
For the even more energetic, arrange a pick up and walk from Halls Gap (only 5 km away), or across the range from Pomonal along the historic Tunnel Track – an amazing engineering feat!
During the recent debilitating 10 year drought, the lake – completed in 1966 by damming Fyans Creek – virtually dried up, as this ~2003/4 photo shows.
Just over a year ago, the drought broke with killer flooding rains and is now nearly at its ~78500 ML capacity. From these photos, it’s hard to believe the lake is 36 metres deep!
|Below the dam wall, Lake Bellfield, Grampians, Victoria|
Reflected in the lake, the rugged and untamed wilderness of the Serra Range is a monument to the effects of many significant weathering events like these over countless past aeons.
And below the dam wall, the lush vegetation stretches along the valley all the way to Halls Gap.
But it’s not all about the landscape and scenery here at Lake Bellfield!
|Echidna at Lake Bellfield, Grampians, Victoria|
You’d be VERY unlucky not to spot a kangaroo in the area, and the echidnas (echidnae??) were out in force during our October 2011 visit – this one right in the car park next to the lake.
OK, I’ve convinced myself! There’s SO much going on here, this Aussie scenic loo is actually a destination in its own right – not just a rest stop!!
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|Lake Bellfield Amenities Block – AND view!|
If 78,500+ Megalitres isn’t quite enough water for you, get your fill over at Watery Wednesday!! Enjoy!