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The Valley Lake is about a few hundred metre east of the Blue Lake in the Crater Lakes area within the Kanawinka Geopark at Mount Gambier, South Australia. Here speed boats are drawing circles on the mirror like, turquoise green lake surface.

 

The colour of the lake water does not manifest the pronounced seasonal colour changes as the famous Blue Lake, probably it does not share the the same underground water system.

This is a big big drawing I made a few years ago when thinking about my visit to Mt Noorat in 2003.

 

dukaduka.blogspot.com/2008/01/on-subject-of-volcanos.html

'petrified forest' walking trail, with turbines of the cape bridgewater section of pacific hydro's portland wind energy project at rear

 

this is a section of the great south-west walk

 

discovery bay coastal park, south-western victoria, australia

Panorama shot overlooking Tower Hill volcano complex

strolling through a collapsed lava tunnel near the natural bridge

 

budj bim - mount eccles national park, western victoria, australia

'petrified forest' walking trail, with turbines of the cape bridgewater section of pacific hydro's portland wind energy project at rear

 

this is a section of the great south-west walk

 

discovery bay coastal park, south-western victoria, australia

An important wetland water-bird habitat, Lake Beeac is a State Wildlife Reserve and is also part of the Ramsar Lakes which have international protection for migratory waterbirds. Despite the lake being hyper-saline, brine shrimps provide a food source for flocks of the banded stilt and red-necked avocet. Some birds fly from the northern hemisphere to feed on Lake Beeac's shrimp. The lake covers 560ha.

  

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Mount Elephant is a 240 m high conical breached scoria cone from a dormant volcano, located 1 km from the town of Derrinallum in southwestern Victoria, Australia. It is a prominent local landmark.

The volcano is thought to have last erupted between 5,000 and 20,000 years ago. During early European settlement, the mountain was known as Swagmans Lighthouse. The mountain was privately owned until 2000, when it was purchased by Trust for Nature and the local community. The aim is to revegetate the area and promote local tourism.

Mt. Elephant forms the eastern gateway to the Kanawinka Geopark from the Hamilton Highway at Derrinallum.

37.961°S 143.198°E

Eugene von Geurard painting of Tower Hill

a collapsed lava tunnel, which run for several kilometres across the national park

 

budj bim - mount eccles national park, western victoria, australia

'petrified forest' walking trail, with turbines of the cape bridgewater section of pacific hydro's portland wind energy project at rear

 

this is a section of the great south-west walk

 

discovery bay coastal park, south-western victoria, australia

lake surprise - mount eccles' volcanic lake

 

budj bim - mount eccles national park, western victoria, australia

Lava flow from Mt Napier, in the Harman Valley, just south of Byaduk North.

 

Part of the Kanawinka Geopark. Australia's first UNESCO-assisted Geopark.

Byaduk.

Victoria.

 

Link : www.kanawinkageopark.com/web_images/mountnapier.pdf

This is from my first trip to Mt Elephant in 2001. It's all nice and green before the drought set in.

Oil on linen, 45.5 x 38 cms (F8) 2004.

 

Mount Elephant , an extinct volcano, depicted during the drought in 2003. From here you can look across the western plains of Victoria, Australia.

 

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'petrified forest' walking trail, with turbines of the cape bridgewater section of pacific hydro's portland wind energy project at rear

 

this is a section of the great south-west walk

 

discovery bay coastal park, south-western victoria, australia

Mt Eccles Crater - Lake Suprise.

 

Mt Eccles National Park is part of the Kanawinka Global Geopark. Australia's first UNESCO-assisted Geopark.

Byaduk.

Victoria.

 

Link : www.kanawinkageopark.com/web_images/mountnapier.pdf

 

Budj-Bim is the Gunditjmara name for Mount Eccles, and means High Head. The rocks around the mountain were called Tungat or teeth.

looking back to the entrance of the harman no. 1 cave, a relatively recent lava tube that formed after an eruption that took place only 8000 years ago

 

byaduk caves, mount napier state park, victoria, australia

inside harmans 1 - a lava tunnel and one of the largest publicly-accessible examples of its kind in australia

 

mount napier state park, western victoria, australia

The Blue Lake and crater.

Mt Gambier.

South Australia.

 

Each year in November, the water mysteriously starts its colour change to the unbelievable turquoise blue. From March each year it gradually makes the change back to its more sombre winter blue which is still a magnificent sight.

 

The Kanawinka Geopark was declared the 57th Member of the Global Network of National Geoparks assisted by UNESCO on June 22, 2008.

  

Link : www.kanawinkageopark.com/web_images/mountnapier.pdf

 

Sketched on a cold windy day in December 2001.

Lake Corangamite's eastern shores are covered in algae and thickly dried salt scum, which gets washed up by the prevailing westerlies. In the background lies Mt Porndon, 20km away, one of several volcanic peaks in the region.

one of the locals - an echidna, or spiny anteater (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

 

budj bim - mount eccles national park, western victoria, australia

Farm at the base of Mt Eccles. The scoria quarry on its side is clearly visable.

 

Mt Eccles National Park is part of the Kanawinka Geopark. Australia's first UNESCO-assisted Geopark.

Byaduk.

Victoria.

 

Link : www.kanawinkageopark.com/web_images/mountnapier.pdf

 

Budj-Bim is the Gunditjmara name for Mount Eccles, and means High Head. The rocks around the mountain were called Tungat or teeth.

About 40 separate eruption sites have been identified in the Red Rock Volcanic Complex near Colac in western Victoria.

the freshwater springs form pools on hard volcanic rock platforms, as seen from the great south-west walk

 

discovery bay coastal park, south-western victoria, australia

strange rocks inhabit the crater floor of Mt Elephant

The lake provides a habitat for about 75 bird species, which feed on its fish and shrimp, and it is one of the most important water-bird habitats in Victoria. At the southern end of Lake Corangamite is Vaughan Island, one of the few pelican breeding colonies in Victoria.

the 'petrified forest' formation, with turbines of the cape bridgewater section of pacific hydro's portland wind energy project at rear

 

this is a section of the great south-west walk

 

discovery bay coastal park, south-western victoria, australia

surrounding and viewed from the rim of Mount Schank,

SE South Australia.

inside the harman no. 1 cave, a relatively recent lava tube that formed after an eruption that took place only 8000 years ago

 

byaduk caves, mount napier state park, victoria, australia

strange rocks inhabit the crater floor of Mt Elephant

This is from my first trip to Mt Elephant in 2001. It's all nice and green before the drought set in.

circular pools form in large volcanic gas vents, as seen from the freshwater springs walking trail, a section of the great south-west walk

 

discovery bay coastal park, south-western victoria, australia

Exit / Entrance to the cave formed by the Natural Bridge.

 

Mt Eccles National Park.

Near Macarthur.

Victoria.

 

Part of the Kanawinka Geopark. Australia's first UNESCO-assisted Geopark.

Byaduk.

Victoria.

 

Link : www.kanawinkageopark.com/web_images/mountnapier.pdf

A large scoria quarry on the outside of Mt Eccles' crater. It is a mountain of scoria, formed when lava was thrown into the air 20,000 years ago.

"The geological features are of national significance, and are in an excellent state of preservation." - except for this ugly quarry.

 

Mt Eccles National Park.

Near Macarthur.

Victoria.

 

Part of the Kanawinka Geopark. Australia's first UNESCO-assisted Geopark.

Byaduk.

Victoria.

 

Link : www.kanawinkageopark.com/web_images/mountnapier.pdf

strange rocks inhabit the crater floor of Mt Elephant

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