Located on the urban edge of Drysdale, Lake Lorne is a great
place to visit get a close look at a wetland environment.
The lake supports a
large and diverse population of waterbirds and has an important role to play as
a refuge, both during drought and the duck hunting season.
About this lake
Lake Lorne is a natural freshwater lake of approximately 12
hectares in size. The lake occupies a depression probably formed by the
dissolution of the underlying Curlewis limestone. The lake has a connection to
the groundwater system which feeds the natural springs that run into Port
The natural water level can rise and fall greatly. It can
also lag in response to the weather, taking some time to fill after rain and
retaining high water levels through dry periods.
What to look for
This very significant wetland environment is home to so many
bird species because it provides a range of habitats.
Keep species to look for
Blue-billed Duck – the lake is both a breeding site and drought refuge for this protected
Latham’s Snipe– these birds migrate
over 8000km from Japan around August/September, and return in March/April
Swamp Harrier – a bird of prey, can also often be seen
soaring above the wetland
Things to do
Wander around the lake and enjoy the sights. The reserve
also joins to the Bellarine Rail Trail if you’re keen for a longer walk.
A picnic area, playground and toilets are nearby at the
Drysdale Railway Station. A path from Station Street enters the reserve from
the eastern side.
All abilities access
Lake Lorne Equestrian Centre is set within the larger Lake Lorne Reserve. The reserve has a large pony club ground, cross country facilities, show jumping facilities and pavilion.