Lake Woods

Latitude: -17.9, Longitude: 133.4333333

From Elliott, 31.81kms S
From Tennant Creek, 215.7kms N

Lake Woods is a large ephemeral wetland located on the western edge of the Barkly Tableland and is a bird watchers paradise, a popular swimming and fishing spot which can be reached by a dirt road. The Lake most frequently occupies an area of about 350 km², but during periods of major flooding it is broadly contiguous with the lower reaches of Newcastle Creek, and can reach 850 km² and, at times, nearer 1000 km², making it one of the largest temporary freshwater lakes in the Northern Territory and tropical Australia. The lake basin supports grass/sedge communities, including broad bands of lignum which comprise one of the largest areas of lignum swamp in the Northern Territory. The northern edge of the Lake and Newcastle Creek are fringed by river red gum and coolibah. The slopes of the Ashburton Range to the east are dominated by spinifex communities.

Lake Woods is located on pastoral leasehold land and encompasses two pastoral properties (Powell Creek and Newcastle Waters). The main land use within the Site is pastoral operations, but a fenced enclosure on the northern part of the lake is managed as the Longreach Waterhole Protected Area (approximately 7% of Site) by Parks and Wildlife Service NT in cooperation with the pastoral lease managers. The reserve is popular for conservation and recreation purposes.

For more detailed information please download the Parks and Wildlife .pdf document here.

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