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Cobden Lake

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published May 19th 2019
Have a fish or a walk or a picnic, take your pick
The Cobden Creek passes through Cobden in south-west Victoria. At the northern end of town, it widens out to form Cobden Lake.

Cobden Lake from the Victoria Street bridge.

There is a concrete path around the lake and is mostly flat and would be wheelchair friendly. The path follows along the southside of the lake at the water's edge in front of large expanses of grass on a sloping bank.

One of the viewing/fishing platforms.

There is also a wishing-well for those who wish to wish.

Wishing well.
Wishing anyone?

There are several viewing platforms which are built over the water providing a good stand for fishing. While I was traversing the lake, two people were fishing with their catch being two redfin and one eel.

Couple fishing

There are many picnic tables and benches providing a comfortable rest and a lovely vista across the lake. A playground is at the far end.

Picnic in progress.

As you walk along the grassy south side the silence is broken by a group of about a dozen ducks noisily waddling toward you at a great pace. Obviously, they are frequently fed by visitors and looked upon me for their next meal. Some of them looked like they had been very successful in obtaining a few free lunches.

Looking for lunch

A brace of ducks

Other bird life seen were several waterfowl and a solitary heron.

Heron posing

The path along the north edge of the lake has a slight slope as it meanders among some tall deciduous trees, giving a colourful look in autumn. The water at the far end of the lake was very still giving picturesque reflections of the autumn trees.

Tree reflection
Autumn colours reflected.

pathway through trees
The north side path.

Opposite the lake is Apex Park, which also has a playground, picnic tables and a toilet block.

Cobden is a small town (population around 1900) but if passing through, it is a worthwhile stop to have your picnic lunch stop.
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Where: Cobden Lake. Victoria Street, Cobden,
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