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Flatwater heaven - any lakes around Melb?

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Created by tarzan > 9 months ago, 14 Jan 2011
tarzan
VIC, 133 posts
14 Jan 2011 11:34AM
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Have kited some lakes in Northern Vic and it was fantastic. Wondering if there are any suitable lakes around Melbourne. A clear area for launching and landing would be handy.

harry potter
VIC, 2767 posts
14 Jan 2011 1:35PM
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I did kite on lake Glenmaggie last year ( not really in melb ) and super gusty.

There is one on the bellarine peninsula ( wont mention the name as the locals will not be pleased)

Cherry Lake - Altona .......a would be good for a laugh.

junglist
VIC, 700 posts
29 Jan 2011 4:58PM
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harry potter said...

I did kite on lake Glenmaggie last year ( not really in melb ) and super gusty.

There is one on the bellarine peninsula ( wont mention the name as the locals will not be pleased)

Cherry Lake - Altona .......a would be good for a laugh.


Cherry lake is a no no. Anecdotal advice is that there is something in the water (probably from the nearby refinery) that dissolves the glue on valves. Anecdotal possibly but I am not going to risk it.

For lake kiting head North towards Bendigo (Eppalock or Cairn Curran). Mind the locals though

jrh1987
5 posts
29 Jan 2011 2:24PM
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How about albert park lake, looks likes there is enough room to be safe.

harry potter
VIC, 2767 posts
29 Jan 2011 8:32PM
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A KBV event on Albert Park lake to coencide with the Grand Prix.
probably a good photo opportunity but pretty gusty !

Saffer
VIC, 4494 posts
29 Jan 2011 9:10PM
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I've kited a similar location to albert park lake. Gustier than anything you've experienced and less fun than my dad's funeral. I've even seen a 16m kite do a full 360 round a person because of the gusts and swirls. I.e. kite gets to the edge of the window and carries on travelling all the way around till its back in the wind window.

junglist
VIC, 700 posts
31 Jan 2011 7:07PM
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Saffer said...

I've kited a similar location to albert park lake. Gustier than anything you've experienced and less fun than my dad's funeral. I've even seen a 16m kite do a full 360 round a person because of the gusts and swirls. I.e. kite gets to the edge of the window and carries on travelling all the way around till its back in the wind window.




FARK!!!

Gorgo
VIC, 4617 posts
31 Jan 2011 7:33PM
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So what lakes in northern Vic are good for kiting?

Hume looks like it has too many hills around it to get a good, smooth, strong wind.

Aorta
VIC, 244 posts
1 Feb 2011 12:08AM
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maybe rocky valley dam near falls creek, its mighty cold though, bring your wetsuit!

THE DONG
VIC, 510 posts
1 Feb 2011 8:50PM
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lAke Bolac... she's a full!! 2.5 hrs west... good fun...if you get the wind.. any wind direction would work me thinks

THE DONG
VIC, 510 posts
1 Feb 2011 8:55PM
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camp ground and boat ramp just to the left

Big eeeZeee
NSW, 1100 posts
1 Feb 2011 9:44PM
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lake victoria looks tempting...

Saffer
VIC, 4494 posts
2 Feb 2011 12:33AM
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lakes are generally gusty and not that flat. You'd be better off travelling to inverloch or sandy point on a good day. Water is as flat as it gets and no gustiness.

craggers
WA, 472 posts
2 Feb 2011 9:20AM
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i kited lake Bolac on the way across to Robe about 2 easters ago.

was good, and a great refreshing break to the drive.

water was very low (good for keeping it flat/ no chop), we basically drove around the lake until we got the perfect sideshore spot.

the best bit however, was farmer Bob pulling up in his ute for no other purpose than to wag his jaw and give us a multitude of advice, extending even to some technical aspects of what we should be doing with our 'sails'.

i suspect inland water is always going to have more wind disturbance than coming straight off the ocean, however the western plains landscape has surely got to be better than (for instance) the lakes to the north, surrounded by hill/mounts etc.

THE DONG
VIC, 510 posts
2 Feb 2011 10:10PM
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hey craggers.... i believe that other kiter with you that day was me .. hhaha.. how you been mate... you will have to come to Robe with me next time i go... does this spot look familiar?



craggers
WA, 472 posts
4 Feb 2011 8:15AM
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ha nice one. hows shizzle doougs?

will have to chase you up next time im heading out.



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