The Disappearing Lake George

Driving along the Federal Highway, about 40 km from Canberra (Australia), you will come across a wide stretch of land. Afar the mountain range appears to be drenched in hues of blue, and along it runs a lake about 25 km in width. 

I was told that about 20 years ago the water from Lake George would reach the Highway, the spot from where these pictures were taken. I am baffled how so much of water body is lost over a period of time.

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Said to be about a million years old, George Lake is a closed lake. There's no outflow to river or sea. The water fluctuates during the monsoons and there have been times when it was full, but the water subsides just as quickly.


Disappearing Lake George - Australia

According to legends, the water is believed to seep into another world. Now that must be a fascinating story. I need to find out where that came from :)



Another view from a vantage point further down the road.



Don't forget to check out the stunning Tulip Top Gardens nearby :)



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24 comments:

  1. Woah, this is beautiful. Do let me know when you find out about the origin of the story about the water disappearing into another world. Sounds so fascinating!

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  2. Beautiful scenery!
    Have a great week!

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  3. I've traveled to Canberra during my stay in Sydney but I seemed to have missed this lake. What a fascinating story! We humans are so imaginative.

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  4. I've traveled to Canberra during my stay in Sydney but I seemed to have missed this lake. What a fascinating story! We humans are so imaginative.

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  5. Interesting legend about the water disappearing... something we hear in India too. Fantastic captures.

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  6. Australia soil must be very thirsty (or is it evaporation). This looks like quite a swing in lake levels.

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  7. Lovely pics and yes please explore this thought further as to "water seeps into another world". It could be a great start to a fantastic fictional post topo.

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  8. I like the legendary tale. But i have a niggling feeling Global Warming is to blame. If that is true then it would be such a sad thing to have happened.
    I also love Shalini's idea, of writing a fictional post. Do think about it :)

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  9. Interesting - the Lake George in New York State, where I live in the U.S., is a totally different kind of lake. Beautiful pictures!

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  10. It's called Global Warming or you have been using too much of the water round there

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  11. Beautiful! Such a gorgeous place.
    Maybe the water disappeared due to pollution?

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  12. These are beautiful pics of a beautiful place..thanks for this virtual trip :)

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  13. Great pics and fascinating travelogue

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  14. Woah! Raj, the pictures are breathtaking. And the tulip garden surely seemed like heaven. And do blog about the story. ;)

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  15. I used to drive past this lake a number of times. Once, no water at all could be seen. Just reeds. It really is a disappearing lake.

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  16. Lovely shots, landscape and sky are just wonderful to see...

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  17. That should be quite an interesting legend.
    beautiful shots!

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  18. That should be quite an interesting legend.
    beautiful shots!

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  19. Such gorgeous, breathtaking pictures! And, that's an intriguing legend too. Here, in Bangalore, lake disappearing is no secret. Most of the lovely lakes have fallen prey to greedy human development :-(

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  20. Holy cow that was stunning :) Reminds me of Coorgi landscapes in India, I swear we spend past a waterbody almost exactly this last time we tripped there.

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  21. wow...great pictures and very beautiful landscapes.
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