Lake Talbot, Narrandera
Anyone who sees Narrandera’s Lake Talbot and the swimming pools adorning the lake’s western end today might find it hard to believe that the lake itself, and the sparkling pools with the shaded lawns over-looking them, had very prosaic beginnings.
A levee bank had broken when the Murrumbidgee flooded in 1925, overflowing the lowlands at the base of Bundidgerry Hill. William Talbot, the town’s Shire Clerk at that time, argued that the break should be allowed to remain to create a safer swimming hole for the town. The people approved and it was named Lake Talbot in his honour. A few years later the lake was divided to make swimming pools.
Today families paddle canoes at the far end of the lake, while others ski in its widest part. The pools offer an escape from summer sun and lots of fun on the slides. A caravan park, the Bike and Hike Trails, the Murrumbidgee River and the Koala Reserve are all close by. The eateries and boutique shopping of the town are just a kilometre away.
Check out the Summer 2015-16 edition of the Inside the Riverina magazine here.
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