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 Phillip Bay.

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 include:

  • Australian White Ibis
  • Black Swan
  • Blue-billed Duck – the lake is both a breeding site and drought refuge for this protected species
  • Egrets
  • Eurasian Coots
  • Freckled Ducks
  • Latham’s Snipe– these birds migrate over 8000km from Japan around August/September, and return in March/April
  • Little Black Cormorant
  • Purple Swamphen
  • Straw-necked Ibis
  • 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.

No fishing, hunting or watercraft (of any kind) permitted at this reserve.


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.

Please note: we will be undertaking our annual baiting program to reduce high rabbit numbers during the months of March and April 2022. Please refer to our rabbit control page for more information.

View our dog walking map to find where you can walk your dog off leash.