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10 Ways to Circumnavigate Lillydale 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 November 19th 2019
Try all ten, except the flying one
Lillydale Lake is 28 ha. in size and the perimeter path is 2.5 km of compact gravel making travel, by whatever method you chose easy.

Aerial Lillydale Lake.
An aerial view of Lilydale Lake showing the perimeter track.

Walk. Most people walk around Lillydale Lake. That is the most popular and usual way to travel the 2.5 kms circuit path. You can walk alone as exercise, or with a group as a social outing.

Jog. For those into serious exercise this is the go. On my many walks around the lake, I have often been lapped three times by determined joggers.

Serious joggers.

Paddle. The quiet, usually still waters of Lillydale Lake is an ideal location for a paddle. A single kayak, a two seater or one built for three is also a very popular way of circumnavigating the lake.

A lone paddler.

Three in a canoe
Three's not a crowd when it's a family.

If you are a well-balanced person and can't decide whether you want to paddle or surf, combine the two. Stand on a surfboard and take a long paddle.

surfboard paddler.
Confident of not getting wet.

Cycle. This method is quite common. Watch out for those clad in lycra, as they are serious in their cycling pursuit and their mounts seem to go faster than every other cycle. A few have working bells to warn of a rearward approach. They can also lap you many times.

Pedal power.

On the other end of the speed scale are toddlers, transforming from toddling to a little bike sometimes with trainer wheels.

Family strolling.
A youngster on his bike leading the way.

Swimming. Not many serious swimmers are seen. Most of those entering the water are children on a hot day, but occasionally some swimmers venture further afield, if not around the lake.

lake swimmer.
A few serious swimmers enter the water.

The most prolific swimmers on the lake are ducks. They seem to like swimming around on the lake as you rarely see them taking wing.

Duck swimming.
The start of a long journey.

Sailing. If you want to travel around the lake without any physical effort a small yacht is the way to go. Just sit back and let Mr. Wind do the work for you. Of course, if he doesn't show up make sure you have a paddle on board.

Waiting for Mr. Wind.

If sailing in a standing position is your forte, a sailboard would be your choice of transport. It's called windsurfing, but it the wind stops then it's down on your knees and hand paddle back to shore.

Sailboard on lake.
Just sailing along.

Pushed. Many people are pushed around the lake. They are usually little ones in aptly named pushers being propelled along by their doting parents. Surprisingly wheelchair bound people at not often seen being pushed around the lake as it is an almost flat track and wonderful views are at every push.

mothers pushing.
Pushing companions.

Dragged. I guess the opposite of being pushed is being dragged. The main culprits here are over eager dogs, particularly larger ones, who seem to want to get to where they are going sooner than the person on the other end of their leash.

Walking the dog.
The dog wants to get there first.

Walking the dog. This is the second most popular way of circumnavigating the lake. This is where you are walking the dog, rather than the dog walking you.

dog walker.
Follow the leader.

Fly. This method is strictly for the birds, so don't try it. Every visit to the lake we see many variety of birds flying over the lake or just skimming the water. How we envy their freedom and the views they must get. I must admit that I flew around the lake to take the heading aerial photo.

Ibis flying.
I think this Ibis cut corners in flying around the lake.

Whatever your method of circumnavigating Lillydale Lake enjoy doing it or watching others do it.

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Why? It's fun.
When: Every day.
Where: Lillydale Lake, Swansea Road, Lilydale. Melways map: 38. G.6.
Cost: Free
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