Lake Lefroy Things to Do Tips by CatherineReichardt
Lake Lefroy Things to Do: 3 reviews and 3 photos
If you're a good photographer - or merely an enthusiastic amateur - then the interplay of light and landscape in the outback can make for stunning photography. Obviously the best times are when the light is oblique in the early morning or late afternoon, as the blazing overhead sun in the middle of the day tends to make images look flat.
I think that the best time to experience the outback is in winter (May-September), when the daytime temperatures are manageable and the nights are crisply frosty. The image in a grove of gum trees was taken on a June morning just after sunrise, when the trees were still shrouded with mist. In this sort of setting with the eerie call of kookaburras punctuating the silence, it's not hard to believe in yowies or bunyips!
Just one word of warning: bear in mind that the colder the weather, the more sluggish the reptiles and the slower their reaction time. So if you're wandering around in the bush, make sure that you have proper footwear and exercise due caution, lest you stumble across a snake that hasn't had time to get out of your way.
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I am reliably informed that Lake Lefroy is one of the best places in the world to 'land sail'. Apparently the size of the lake and the hard, dry, relatively uniform surface make it ideal for land sailing, and the lake even played host to the Pacific Rim Land Sailing Championships in 2006!
Like so many other things, landsailing reputedly owes its origins with the Ancient Egyptians and Chinese, who first propelled wheeled vehicles using sails. Today, under ideal conditions, skilled land sailors can reach speeds of up to 140 kph, which, to my mind, is way too fast to go on a souped up go kart!
There is a Lake Lefroy Land Sailing Club, which organises regular events, including a Sunday get together. Like most Australian sporting events, this doubtless culminates in a BYO barbie ('bring your own BBQ') and is lubricated with large quantities of frosty amber nectar (aka beer)!
For more information, see this link for information on land sailing events at lake Lefroy and access the weblink below for a video:
Lake Lefroy lookout
The Lake Lefroy lookout is an isolated elevated point in an otherwise pancake flat landscape, and offers a rare opportunity to get a panoramic view of one of Western Australia's largest salt lakes.
There are many, many salt lakes in Australia's arid interior, which, for most of the year - or sometimes years on end - are dry, shallow depressions in the landscape which only accumulate water after particularly torrential rain (in this part of the world, usually when the tail end of a cyclone from the north travels inland). Once the storm has passed, the temporary lake becomes progressively smaller as the water evaporates, leaving behind the dissolved salts, which become more and more concentrated with time. This impacts not just on the quality of surface water, but also seeps to the subsurface, and as a result, groundwater in this area has a dissolved salt concentration of anything up to 350,000mg/L of dissolved salts (about seven times as concentrated as sea water) - no wonder there's little in the way of agriculture or human habitation!
What is unusual about Lake Lefroy is its dazzlingly white salt crust (most of the other saline lakes have a brownish crust) ... or at least it was until mining commenced in this area. If you look out from the viewpoint, you can see what appear to be a series of dark islands rising up form the lake surface. Some of these are natural rock outcrops which become temporary 'islands' when the lake floods, but an increasing number are waste rock dumps, generated by the disposal of barren rock generated during the mining process. In order to provide all weather access to the mining areas for heavy vehicles, 'causeways' have also had to be constructed on the lake surface, which etch dark lines across the otherwise white surface.
Like virtually all Outback locations, the best time to visit is in the early morning or late afternoon, when its cooler and the sun is oblique (resulting in better photographic opportunities). If you're here, then it's worth taking some extra time to walk the Red Hill trail, which should take less than an hour: just obey the usual 'slip, slop, slap' rules, particularly if you're visiting in summer ("slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, and slap on a hat") and carry some water.
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