Baandee Lake is just off the south side of the great Eastern Highway to the east od the small town of Doodlakine.
When water levels are high enough the lake is a popular water skiing spot for locals.
Facilities at the lake include shelters, toilets and a cold shower.
Access is via the unsealed Ski Lake Road and there are a few corrugations but generally speaking the road is suitable for
Camping at the lake is free and suitable for everything from tents to big rigs.
Dogs are permitted as long as they are kept under control.
There is a short track leading south from the boat ramp that leads to a few lakeside camping spots. Don't take caravans
past the turn around area. A 4 wheel drive track doe go further along the side of the lake here but it can get very soft
and muddy in places.
Another longer track leads north but this one gets quite narrow and eventually leads to a dead end. You can take caravans
part way up this track but continue to watch our video for information on where not to go. Past a certain point it is not
suitable for caravans or anything else that might be difficult to turn at the end as there is no proper turn around.
The lake can dry out completely if there is not enough winter rainfall.
The name Baandee is from an Aboriginal word meaning 'shimmer' or 'like sweat' and refers to the way sunlight can bounce
off salt on the lake surface when it is dry.
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