1. Main image. The Pink Lakes of the Murray Sunset National Park in the north-west corner of Victoria provide a stunning backdrop for photographers. The lakes' waters are actually crystal clear and the beds of the four lakes are made up of solid salt. However, it is the red algae (Dunaliella salina), which grows in the water that gives the lakes their pink hue.
2. The Murray River (below) has some of the best kayaking and canoeing experiences in the world. Wills Bend is a popular camping, fishing and picnicking area on the Murray, with designated camping sites at the sandbars and direct river access, which makes launching a kayak a breeze. The river also has an incredible diversity of birdlife that enjoy the lush river surroundings and make for a truly engaging spectacle.
3. The Alfred Nicholas Gardens, in picture postcard Dandenong Ranges region, are known for their waterfalls, water features and its iconic ornamental lake and boathouse. A variety of native birds may be seen in the gardens including king parrots and colourful rosellas. There are ducks in the lake and kookaburras can often be heard in the treetops. There is a blend of native and exotic trees including mountain ash, ginkgoes, maples and liquid ambers.
4. Blue Pool is a fantastic, deep swimming hole in a gorge on Freestone Creek, in Brigalong State Forest, East Gippsland. A stunning, natural, deep, clear swimming hole carved into Freestone Creek with rocky outcrops rising on all sides. There are shallows suitable for small children, as well as deeper spots for good swimmers. After a swim, there is a walk a couple of hundred metres to a lookout over the creek, or short stroll through a cheery fern gully.
5. The Dunkeld Arboretum, in Dunkeld showcases a living collection of the world's trees. Set in a dramatic and beautiful recreation precinct at the base of the Grampians National Park, the Arboretum provides visitors with a truly unique experience. The Arboretum is home to a labyrinth and Old Sawmill, as well as a walking track and picnic facilities.
6. Lake Elizabeth is a jewel of the Otways. Its calm waters punctuated by the trunks of dead trees that were drowned when the valley was flooded more than 50 years ago to form this "perched lake". Lake Elizabeth is characterised by its tranquil surroundings and picturesque walking tracks and hiking trails, with the campground only a scenic 20-minute walk from the lake.
7. The islands in the Mallacoota Inlet and Tullaberga Island are included in Croajingolong National Park. The Goodwin Sands are a haven for many waterbirds and migrating waders. The low lying sands are also a breeding area for the endangered Little Tern. The area is a fisher's paradise kilo, bream, tailor, flathead, trevally and salmon are commonplace.
8. The picturesque sand bottomed Lake Tooliorook is located 5km from Lismore in the Great Ocean Road region. The lake offers amazing fishing and boating facilities and superb views across to Mt Elephant near Derrinallum.
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