Lake Alexandra, near Mittagong, is a man made lake. It was used as a dam supplying water for engines hauling coal to the Fitzroy iron mines almost 140 years ago. A parkland reserve surrounds the lake, which is home to tortoises and a profusion of birdlife, including many wild and domestic ducks.
The lake water, aerated by a central water fountain, was surprisingly clean and the ducks appeared very healthy. The reserve also includes barbecues, sheltered picnic tables and a children’s playground.
Taking the walking track around the lake, we were approached by these inquisitive ducks, which was a good opportunity for some photographs. As we had no food they soon retreated.
Mittagong is one of the main towns in the southern highlands, and is situated at an elevation of 635 metres (2,083 ft). It is close to the towns of Bowral, Berrima and Moss Vale.
While in Mittagong, we also visited Mount Gibraltar which has three main lookouts; Bowral Lookout, Mittagong Lookout and Mount Jellore Lookout. These lookouts are a short drive from the town and feature some amazing dry stone walls and picnic areas.