Lake Tyrell 澳洲天空之镜 Travel Tips

Are you visiting Lake Tyrell 澳洲天空之镜? Before you go, here are my 7 top travel tips

SUMMARY

Place of interest: Lake Tyrell
Location / Suburb: 7km North of Sea Lake, Victoria 3533
Time of my visit: 30 September
Opinion of best season to visit: Late Spring (August-September) Check the weather - best when not windy, after a rain.
What to wear:
Top - Layered, so you can adjust according to the temperature change.
Bottom - Shorts depending on how deep you want to walk into the water.
Footwear - Something waterproof and easy to clean, or something sacrificial.
What to bring: Towels to wipe the salt off your feet. Torch if you're staying for a sunrise or sunset.

The mirror effect of Lake Tyrell during sunrise.

The mirror effect of Lake Tyrell during sunrise.

 

1. Prepare for a 4 to 5 hour drive

A hidden gem located close to the northern boundary Victoria, Lake Tyrell (天空之镜) is becoming more well-known via of social media.  At 7 kilometres north of Sea Lake suburb, it is a 4 to 5 hour drive up the Calder Freeway (M79/A79) if you are coming from Melbourne.

This lake is dry most of the year however at certain times it is covered in shallow water. It looks pink depending on the temperature, time of year and the angle of the sun. At the time of my visit during late September I was able to witness the vast scale of its majesty.

 
Quickest Toll-Free driving direction to Lake Tyrell from Melbourne City

Quickest Toll-Free driving direction to Lake Tyrell from Melbourne City

This is where you can recommended to park your front-wheel-drive vehicle. 

This is where you can recommended to park your front-wheel-drive vehicle. 

 

2. Park at the Viewing Platform

Navigating there:
If you are using Google Maps, search for directions to "Lake Tyrell Viewing Platform" which should bring you to the south side of the lake.

Searching for "Lake Tyrell" brings you to the north part of the lake. I have not been there myself. If you have, please feel free to leave a comment. I would love to hear your thoughts! 

The best thing to do for those who have a normal front-wheel-drive car is to park at the viewing platform and walk out. 

 
Car bogged in fine sand at Lake Tyrell.jpg
The ground can be pretty moist and soft and your feet could sink into black sulphide‐rich mud

The ground can be pretty moist and soft and your feet could sink into black sulphide‐rich mud

3. Driving around the lake - try to stay on Bitumen / Asphalt road

There are two ways to get to the north of Lake Tyrell. Option 1 is a 1.5 hour drive on bitumen roads. Option 2 is a 1 hour drive through areas of fine sand, low bushes and at times soft mud. I wish my navigation gave me the option to avoid dirt roads. It is very common for cars to get stuck there. As you see in the photo I got into deep trouble but I was not the only one that evening.

In summary, option 2 is only for four wheel drive vehicles. I learnt that the hard way.

4. Phone reception is poor

There are pockets of areas around the lake with no phone reception, for Vodafone at least. When I was driving around my GPS was going off and online from time to time. When I was stuck in the sand there was nobody around for miles. Yelling for help and hearing my voice echoing in the distance with no reply can be a pretty scary experience.

What happened after that? I spent a good hour trying to dig my car out. I tried stacking planks and logs to get my tyres to grip itself out but nothing worked. Fortunately right when the sun is setting a local drove by and offered to tow my car out for a fee.

"Anything that looks like this - do not drive over it. It is soft mud and there is no end to the bottom." - local advise.

"Anything that looks like this - do not drive over it. It is soft mud and there is no end to the bottom." - local advise.

 
The stars fill the open sky above Lake Tyrell, which you might be able to see in the horizon.

The stars fill the open sky above Lake Tyrell, which you might be able to see in the horizon.

 

5. Best time for photos

Personal advise - sunrises and sunsets are the best times because the mirror effect is what this place is known for. Coming at a time when there is no wind would give you the best chance for that.

Midday is good to capture the pink colour water. Midnights are good if you want to see the stars reflected on the lake. Remember to bring a torch.

 
I think pink suits me. Can you see me in this photo?

I think pink suits me. Can you see me in this photo?

 

6. Wear smart

I don't mean the good-looking smart, unless you are coming out on maybe an engagement photo shoot with me.

If you want to experience walking out into shallow waters, gum boots or rain boots are highly recommended to keep your legs (not just your feet) dry and clean from salt. Or else, bring towels to clean up after.

Wear in layers so that you can adjust according to the temperature of the day that can change rather rapidly. But most likely you will only spend an hour or so there. 

 
Nothing but pink water for miles.

Nothing but pink water for miles.

7. Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but memories.

Ending with a public service announcement, when you are there, please, please keep your rubbish to yourself. Don’t leave anything in the lake - drink bottles, food wrappers, tissue paper alike. Just don’t. 

I would want future generations to be able to enjoy this beautiful wonder of nature, wouldn't you too?

An almost flawless reflection from a sunrise at Lake Tyrell.

An almost flawless reflection from a sunrise at Lake Tyrell.

You can read more detailed information about this lake here

 

I hope this inspires you to visit this place! Thanks for dropping by!