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Blue Lake Ramsar Wetlands
Blue Lake and the nearby Hedley Tarn are listed under the Ramsar Convention for their rarity and the role they play in the preservation of rare and threatened species.
Blue Lake in Kosciuszko National Park is a rare and beautiful glacial cirque lake, one of only four on mainland Australia. The water is among the clearest and freshest of any Australian lake. The wetlands surrounding Blue Lake and Hedley Tarn provide unique and important habitats for plants and animals, including threatened species such as the mountain pygmy possum, the alpine tree frog and anemone buttercup.
You can experience the beauty of Blue Lake and Hedley Tarn and the alpine herbfields surrounding them on the Main Range Track, from Charlotte Pass to Blue Lake, in the park’s alpine area. Blue Lake is around 28km west of Jindabyne and 3.5km north of Charlotte Pass.
The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance is an international treaty that aims to halt the worldwide loss of wetlands and to conserve, through wise use and management, those wetlands that remain. Wetlands listed under the Ramsar Convention include many familiar features such as swamps and marshes, lakes and rivers, mangroves, estuaries and tidal flats, and coastal marine areas, and human-made features such as reservoirs.
Blue Lake is around 28km west of Jindabyne and 3.5km north of Charlotte Pass and was listed as a Ramsar site in 1996.
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