If you are a student at Macquarie University, you have probably spent time by the university lake. Located close to the food court and the Macquarie University bar, the lake is a wonderful site for socialising, relaxing strolls, and bird-watching.
The construction of this lake began in 1991, and it has since been classified as a reserve. The flora, including lake reeds, lily pads and other native species provides homes for various waterbirds living in and around the lake. Lapwings, ducks, dusky moorhens and ibises are commonly seen in the Macquarie University Lake.
Ibis by the lilypads
Though most frequented by university students, locals also enjoy visiting the lake. Macquarie University societies also make use of the space. When I visited, a group of students were engaged in a casual paper aeroplane competition on the grassy areas by the lake. After classes, examinations and assessment periods; visiting the small picturesque lake on campus can provide students with a means for relaxing and de-stressing. The proximity to the university bar and food court are an added convenience, while Macquarie Centre, located only a fifteen minute walk away, can be visited after for some retail therapy.
Public transport to and from Macquarie University is quite convenient, with many buses running through the campus and the Macquarie University train station located not far away. Parking lots are also available, though there are parking fees.
While the Macquarie University Lake is truly beautiful and picturesque, I would not travel too far to get there; but if you are close-by, it is certainly worth a visit.
Where: Macquarie University, near Macquarie Centre. The lake is bordered by Gymnasium Rd, Culloden Rd and Talavera Rd in Macquarie.
Why: to see the bird-life, socialise or stroll by the lake
When: Any time