Blue Lake River Walk – Because Australia’s water is normally brown.

Jenolan Caves is normally well-known for its grand archways and stalac-whatevers, but if you’re short on cash and you live in the Central West, you can go on a walk that will take you to see actual blue water. Not murky brown, not yellow ochre, blue.

My first impression of the Blue Lake River Walk was that there were signs everywhere.
“Don’t swim in the blue lake.”

“Don’t climb on the weir.”

“You shall not pass!”

Sign #1: Don’t walk on the Weir

As the Blue Lake comes into view, a sign forbidding me to walk on the “Weir” appears. I do not know what a Weir is, but I assume it is these flimsy looking boards. I try to test the boards, and quickly work out that the signs are pretty damn accurate

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Have a look at that blue water. That is some good looking water. #nofilter

Sign #2: Don’t swim in the blue lake.

If you go on a walk with the title “Blue Water”, you expect there to be swimming. This sign made our hearts sink.

However, although they put this sign up at the beginning of the walk, if you continue on you will come across the coldest brown Australian water you will ever step into. It comes directly out of the caves, and it feels like you are swimming in a fridge.

We celebrate the discovery by imitating the explorer statue in Machattie park.

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* We are posing like this ironically.

If you want a bit more adventure you can actually jump off the rock, or slide off the waterfall (we did both) as the water is relatively deep. Always test the water though, or be ready to become a negligence case that law students will laugh at (Jenolan Council v Idiot).

Sign #3: Only one person can walk across this bridge at a time.

The one place on this walk that deserves a sign, is this death bridge. It is visibly rusty, and when you walk across it you really feel like you are a Donkey on a bridge. We completely didn’t see the sign until we were completely across, but we regret nothing.

The view was both terrifying and mesmerising.

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If you want a safe walk that you are guaranteed to be protected by signs every step of the way, this is the walk for you.

I can see why they chose this as a popular tourist destination though. None of the photos have a filter, the trees are actually that green. The light actually shines through the trees at just the right angle that allows you to see the star-shaped leaves gently waft down the trees in a dreamy halo. The water is fresh and gurgly and not at all rank and swarming with mosquito larvae.

In short, take this walk if you want to experience the Australian Bush as a kind loving mistress, rather than a harsh nagging wife.

Behold, soft mossy logs that spring softly when you step on them.

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Water that gurgles like a laughing baby.

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Water, water everywhere, running through your feet.15991815_1265839583462180_30937685_o

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15 thoughts on “Blue Lake River Walk – Because Australia’s water is normally brown.

  1. The pictures were among the best I have seen but as a teacher Michelle I hope you are more circumspect when you are with your pupils. Signs are put up by caring people who have taken the risks before you and are there to make sure you don’t become a casualty – like “swim between the flags” – signs again – because there are some people who may know more than you. GLORIA

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. It’s just a joke, I try to structure my blogs by something notable about the walk. We didn’t actually do anything the signs said not to do except we walked two people on the bridge before we saw the sign. Also, I started working at uni last year instead of high school, prior to that I minimised my social media presence.

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  2. Gorgeous country. There actually is a Blue Lake in Mt Gambier that is brilliant blue for most of the summer months. You can ooh and aaah at the scenery and the water but not get anywhere near it – it’s fenced off. MAybe to stop all those peole who ignore signs or can’t read ! Actually it supplies the town with water so they want to keep it clean.
    thanks so much for the follow Michelle. Best wishes with you university students – they are a recalcitrant mob !

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