Lake Muir. Lake?? No water here and hasn’t been water this far across the lake in years. A bit of a fraud? I’m looking out from the bird hide/viewing deck. There was a sliver of water visible in the distance as the sun caused it to shine. Lake Muir is typical of Australian lakes in that it is rainfall dependent. So it’s not really a fraud! There is indeed a lake out there, but not where I am standing. This fooled some of the early settlers who often referred to our lakes as swamps, completely misunderstanding their makeup, they shrink, they expand, they even shift slightly each year. This had serious consequences for environmental protection in the early years of the colony as swamps were seen as insignificant and could be filled in, used as rubbish dumps and built over. A travesty of justice.
Fortunately Lake Muir was declared by the state government a significant wetland in 1980 and sustains diverse flora and fauna life forms, including large numbers of the Australian Shelduck, as well as feeding into the Frankland River and Deep River systems. Lake Muir also consists of several perimeter wetlands. In 2001 it was named as a Ramsar site of international significance, and as a result it is now protected.