Just a few kilometres west of the scientific wonder of Australia Telescope lies an unexplained wonder of the natural variety.
Yarrie Lake, a 3km saucer shaped expanse of water on the very edge of the Pilliga Scrub is thought to have been formed by a falling meteor many thousands of years ago. Whatever its origins its existence is much appreciated by locals, visitors and wildlife alike.
A veritable Mecca for over 70 bird species, its sheltered position makes it an excellent natural bird breeding ground. Recently some keen bird watchers spotted a pair of storm birds that they reported would be on their way from Russia for the summer. (Please ask the Visitors Information Centre for a Bird List for Yarrie Lake.)
Of particular interest is the unusual milky colour of the water. It's thought that the colour comes from the sandy bases of the creeks and the soil from the Pilliga scrub, the water from which fills Yarrie Lake. Although some visitors who are used to the pristine clear waters of the coast and tableland waterways may be deterred from swimming in Yarrie Lake, we can assure them that the water is quite suitable for swimming and water activities. Because of its dish shape, relatively shallow nature and opaque appearance of the water, no diving is permitted and visitors are urged to be mindful that it is a natural environment and due care needs to be taken to ensure that visitors enjoy their experience.
Some marvellous sunsets make Yarrie Lake a popular spot for photographers, while others come here to enjoy water sports or a touch of yabbying. Before launching boats, please call Narrabri Shire Visitor Information Centre.
Travellers seeking a little peace will love the quiet isolation, while powered sites, hot showers, toilet and laundry facilities bring that touch of civilisation to this bush camping experience.
There are unlimited camping spots amongst the shady gum trees around the lake. Wood burning barbecues and fire rings are provided (ask the caretaker about possible fire restrictions).
Dotted around the lake are picnic shelters and tables. Drinking water provided.
Those wishing to use the lake for skiing must apply for a licence through the Yarrie Lake Flora & Fauna Reserve Trust.
There are generally volunteer caretakers living at the lake. Campers are asked to check in with them prior to setting up camp.
Below pictures of the camping area, covered barbecue areas that surround the lake, the moon rising and nature at its best. This is a beautiful setting for a great camping experience. Pets are not permitted at the Lake. Charges are day visits are free. YLFFRT Membership $100pa. Overnight camping - powered site (up to 5 people) $15. Extra person $2. Unpowered site (up to 5 people) $10. Very reasonable for a great camping experience.