Exploring Albert Park Lake
Albert Park Lake are situated in the City of Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia, 3 km south of the Melbourne CBD. Albert Park was originally part of the extensive Yarra River Delta, which involved vast areas of wetlands and sparse vegetation, interspersed by lagoons, some of which were quite large, including the lagoon from which Albert Park Lake was created. Popular spot for round of gold at Albert Park Golf Course. The parkland provides a grassy wetlands habitat for nearly two hundred bird species, both resident and transient. Locally rare native bird species that have been recorded in the park include little egret, laughing kookaburra, Australian shelduck, Cape Barren goose, great-crested grebe, white-bellied sea eagle and whiskered tern, while little ravens, Australian magpies, long-billed corella, sulphur-crested cockatoo, willie wagtails and magpie-larks are common. Common lake birds include black swans and Pacific black ducks, Australasian grebe, Eurasian coots, purple swamphen, dusky moorhen and all four freshwater cormorant species. Several reptiles and amphibians, such as the marbled gecko make their home in the park.
The lake is home to some freshwater fish species. The department of Primary Industries releases native golden perch for recreational fishing purposes. European carp, a noxious pest are the most commonly found fish in the lake and is subject to control programs. There are nine separate picnic areas, most with barbecues, shelters and toilets. There is a vast network of sealed and unsealed, shared pedestrian/bicycle paths, centred on a main route that circles the lake.