of the Sand Bar at Lake
The weather has
quietened down somewhat from 3-4 months ago but there is still some
winter left, so we are not quite into spring/summer days just yet.
However the lake is nearly closed over with on the barest of
channels working at the moment. There should be plenty of prawn
larvae drifted into the lake by now, so we should be guaranteed
prawning summers for the next few years.
dramatic photos of what levels the lake can reach also see HowDeep.
20th August 2014
Well almost exactly a year later but this time opened by man, not naturally.
The opening from the Number 2 Boat ramp looking back towards the ocean, a broad shallow opening at this stage.
The jetties were covered leading in to this state.
As shown above by Rob (Daff) Rawlings Photo!!
(Almost like lauching your boat in the car park!!)
25th Agust 2013
The opening has been very wide and tidal flows very strong. Many locals say this is an exceptional opening.
26 July 2013
The sandbar is forming its usual patterns inside the lake, revealing where past breaks have been.
18th June 2013
Well the sandbar has gone again, but something of a record this time in
that heavy rain started on Wednesday pm with the lake at its lowest ebb
for ages, and filled through to opening Tuesday am. No
incremental build ups and final break through, just straight up and
through this time. A real sprint!! Estimates vary widly
about the rainfall some say about 200+mm other say closer to 150+mm,
either way it was a spectacular fill.
Below is a dramatic shot of the current flowing out of the lake into the ocean taken from Beacons Reserve.
2012, 9th of October
Nearly closed over, only high tides are washing into the lake, the channel is just a shallow trickle most of the time.
2012, 6th of June
Wednesday morning (below) it has truly opened and water moving out to sea,
Tuesday Lunch time (below), not sure if this will be a full
opening or not but here are some photos to give you the atmosphere of
A broad shallow opening, or should it be called a bridged sandbar as
the lake is just not dropping quick enough. Maybe the tides are
not low enough to create a big "channel cutting" rush?
Girls enjoying a cold day's sightseeing in the Tavern car park.
Is there are mad man loose out there that I can see?
Phew!!! Thanks goodness - it is not a mad man, just Frank Flynn chasing the perfect shot, talk about keen???!!!!
Panorama Christmas/New Year at Lake Tyers 2011
(A full 360 taken and prepared by Nicholas Ward, click on it if you like to see the big 1.4Mb image )
Panorama - August 27 2011 the lake has opened again, but closed by Xmas.
Panorama - June 2011 and the Lake is still closed but much deeper.
Panorama - August 2009
and the Lake is closed.
it has opened in recent times and, below is chronicled the few openings
that I have witnessed (in reverse order chronologically).
December2008/January2009: This time the sand bar was
with shovels. The gap was made to the east of the last
opening and was not that deep or long lasting as the lake was not that
high when the breach was made.
Panorama of the
westerly man made entrance.
How did a couple of men dig though the sandbar? Well
the photograph below shows that during a storm in December
bar was low enough for storms to wash over into the lake. If
bar had been left alone it would have probably built up and the high
retained for quite a while, until it burst through naturally again.
Once a narrow channel had been dug that night, the small
deluge, and the bar was broken. Apparently the people
were fined for this unauthorised interference.
Panorama of a naturally made
December 2007: Natural entrance shown below created by storms earlier
at the middle of that year.
Note the entrance is silting up with the easterly drift of sand along
90 Mile Beach. The
entrance is nearly closed again.
August 2007: The eastern side of the entrance is building up
with sand wash from the 90 Mile Beach and generally prevailing westerly
from the air after a few months (September,2007) it looked like this...
entrance created shown below was at the height of the storms mid 2007.
The regional floods stopped traffic on the Princes Highway at
locations, as the Tambo, Nicholson, Mitchell, Avon all flooded.
The most significant for traffic was the Mitchell River at
Bairnsdale, being the last main road to open.
The huge force of this natural opening in June 2007 is evident as shown
here with the breadth and energy of the breach. The
was very tidal and huge quantities of sea water washed in and out on
the tides for many months afterwards. The fishing in the lake
quite depressed during this time.
However it is not recommended to be this close to the
action!!! No matter how interesting!!!
Ariel Photos: This following picture is in
the posession of Gus and Lorraine and have kindly allowed me to show a
retouched copy of the original. If you have the band width you
may like to click on the photo and see if you house was built then.
Does anyone have an idea of the date of this photo?
Just to further whet your taste buds, here is an older aerial
photograph of the
early Lake Tyers Beach with some indication of the sand bar.
Bec and Daff have this as a kind of postcard, do you have
anything you would like to share? Thanks to a fan of the site we have
agreed on 1985. If you check it closely you can see the massive
Norfolk Island Pine in the decking of the Tavern when it
was much smaller.
out these aerial images of the Lake
Entrance opening courtesy http://www.lesmp.vic.gov.au - very
interesting indeed! Especially the 1944 photo.