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Lakes the best kept secret

Monday, 17th December, 2012

The beautiful Menindee Lakes is one of the nation’s top spots. The beautiful Menindee Lakes is one of the nation’s top spots.

By Emily Roberts

Tamara Treleavan has long regarded Menindee Lakes as one of the nation's best kept secrets - and now she wants everyone to know about it.

Mrs Treleavan nominated the lakes in the Hooroo Secret Spot competition, believing them to be among the best places to go for stunning scenery and an unforgettable experience.

Mrs Treleavan lives in Bundeena, in the Royal National Park near Sydney.

"I have only been to the lakes once but I'm hoping to revisit in 2013 with my husband and new baby son," she said.

"Menindee Lakes was the whole package for me - the unusual and beautiful silhouette of dead trees framed by rich outback colours in an oasis of water amongst the desert, and the experience of fishing for yabbies to barbecue fresh that night for dinner.

"Even though two of Australia's most famous explorers, Burke and Wills, passed through Menindee in 1860, I think it is still one of Australia's most beautiful secret spots."

She found out about the Menindee Lakes from her father.

"My dad was taking us on a 4WD outback adventure to escape the daily grind of living and working in the city, he planned the itinerary for us and did a great job.

"I often spend time flicking through travel books and information site brochures in my lunch break, in hope of finding out where the locals go to enjoy the best of their own area.

"I love the Hooroo Secret Spots Top 40 results because it's a quick insight into the places around Australia that are not often shown in travel magazines and are kept close to the heart of those that know about them."

She said people should get out to Menindee Lakes when they can.

"I think people should go there if they want a true unique and unforgettable Australian experience without the crowds."

The lakes have been short listed in Hooroo's nationwide search for Australia's best 'in the know' experience or destination.

The lake will now compete in a public vote for Australia's greatest "Secret Spot".

The top five will be announced in January, with over $14,500 of prizes being awarded, and will also earn the title of an official Hooroo "Secret Spot".

Central Darling Shire Councillor Garry Astill said the fact that Menindee Lakes had made the shortlist was "exciting".

"We should try and get everyone in Menindee to vote. I would encourage Broken Hill residents to vote as well," Clr Astill said.

He said the results were good for everyone. "If people are visiting the lakes, there will be more people in Broken Hill. It's opened up the outback," he said.

"It's good to see the recognition of the natural beauty that is here."

Mr Astill said one thing that was required were some new signs.

"If we could work with State Water, it is something we would like to promote," he said.

"We will discuss it at the February meeting - there will be ongoing discussions."

Mr Astill said there was new signage at Copi Hollow and Council was hoping to do something similar for Menindee Lakes.

"There is a beautiful sign at the Copi Hollow regulator. If we could get one that looks half as good ... we would like to get State Water involved," he said.

To get involved and show your support for Menindee Lakes, simply head to http://hooroosecretspots.com to vote. Voting closes at 5pm on December 17.

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