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.

Facilities
Public toilets
All abilities access
Walking path
Environmental values
Views
Free parking

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.