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Sea Lake VIC

Sea Lake

Postcode: 3533

Sea Lake is a town in the Mallee district of north-west Victoria, Australia and is situated on the southern shores of Lake Tyrrell. The town is located on the Calder Highway, 369 km north-west of Melbourne, and 70km west of Swan Hill. Sea Lake is in the heart of Australia’s “wheat belt,” and is the main township for a number of wheat farms in the region. At the 2001 census, Sea Lake had a population of 635.

The site upon which Sea Lake is situated was discovered in 1838.

Sea Lake was given its name by an early settler, Edward Eyre, from the Port Phillip area. Purportedly, the sea-like appearance of Lake Tyrrell inspired Eyre. Lake Tyrrell is the largest salt lake in Victoria, covering approximately 70 square miles. Much of the time, Lake Tyrrell is dry. However, the lake is occasionally fed by Tyrrell Creek. There is a salt extraction plant located in Sea Lake, processing the lake’s salt deposits.

The Malleefowl is found in Sea Lake. The region has been suffering from the effects of a long running drought now for many years. The town of Sea Lake is known for its once-yearly rally car race called the Mallee Rally, usually held in June.