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Lake Bathurst
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Lake Bathurst at the top of the image, pictured in 1985, viewed from a space shuttle. The larger lake is Lake George.
A map of New South Wales, Australia, with a mark indicating the location of Lake Bathurst
A map of New South Wales, Australia, with a mark indicating the location of Lake Bathurst
Lake Bathurst
Location in New South Wales
Location Southern Tablelands, New South Wales
Coordinates 35°03′S 149°44′E / 35.050°S 149.733°E / -35.050; 149.733
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Etymology Earl Bathurst
Basin countries Australia
Surface area 2 to 10 km2 (0.77 to 3.86 sq mi)

Lake Bathurst (Aboriginal: Bundong) is a shallow lake located 27 kilometres (17 mi) south-east of Goulburn, New South Wales in Australia. It is also the name of a nearby locality in the Goulburn Mulwaree Council.

Features and location

The surface area of the lake can vary from 2 square kilometres (0.77 sq mi) up to 10 square kilometres (3.9 sq mi), depending on the inflow and evaporation rates.

Lake Bathurst is also the name of a very small village, located on the Goulburn-Braidwood Road, 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) west of the lake.

Both the lake and the village were named by surveyor James Meehan in honour of Earl Bathurst, Secretary of State for the Colonies.


The lake is an important site for Australasian shovellers

The lake is an important site for Australasian shovellers. A 19 square kilometres (7.3 sq mi) area of the lake and its immediate surrounds has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because it regularly supports significant numbers of near threatened blue-billed ducks and over 1% of the world population of Australasian shovellers. It is an important drought refuge, sometimes supporting over 1% of the world populations of freckled ducks, black swans, chestnut teals and sharp-tailed sandpipers.

Military History

During World War 2, Lake Bathurst was the location of RAAF No.16 Inland Aircraft Fuel Depot (IAFD), completed in 1942 and closed on 29 August 1944. Usually consisting of 4 tanks, 31 fuel depots were built across Australia for the storage and supply of aircraft fuel for the RAAF and the US Army Air Forces at a total cost of £900,000 ($1,800,000).

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