4 October 2006
A small paragraph in a local tourist leaflet saw us seeking out Lake Newland. This is a twenty kilometre salt lake running parallel to the coast but separated from it by a fabulous "range" of sand dunes. The level in the lake is maintained by seepage from the ocean and runoff from the land.
The lake and surrounding marshland attract numerous water birds including many species of ducks, magpie geese, stilts and herons.
The directions were brief — turn left off the highway, thru two gates, turn left, pass a derelect farmhouse .........
We tramped thru some colourful marshland trying to get to the water........ Wonderful gnarled wind contorted trees and heaths and sedges in green, rust and red hues
The lake and the looming white sand dunes drew us on.
Finally we reached the water. A cold westerly had come up. Through our binoculars we could see many birds sheltering in the lee of the dunes on the far shore. Both small and large birds, but too distant to identify.
As the wind increased, plumes of sand were swept from the peaks of the dunes
A sand "fall" tumbled into the bushes at the base of the dunes (see below - 1/4 way in from left) and..........
........seven large birds (? magpie geese) were observed through our binoculars to fly from the lake edge to take a sand blast on the ridge of a dune!!
What a wonderous place and not another human in sight. A great place to camp and spend more time in less boisterous weather.