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The Lakes

An important road junction between the Great Eastern Highway and the northern-most point of the Great Southern Highway. A trucking stop with garage and restaurant. There are a few houses and farms in the locality. The name almost certainly is arrived at by the proximity of a couple of natural lakes, the largest being Lake Manaring which is slightly to the east of the roadhouse. A traveller's stop has existed here since 1855 or even earlier


 
 
West to Sawyers Valley  
 
 

The Lakes - Roadhouse Restaurant

Looking past the phone box is this glimpse of The Lakes Roadhouse restaurant. These buildings look of around 1960's vintage. Behind here, slightly along the Great Southern Highway are the ruins of the Traveller's Inn which was constructed in 1855. The old Inn has also been known as Horton's Half-Way House and The Lakes Road-House Traveller's Rest. January 2012. Photos Ref: TLAK001

 

The Lakes - Roadhouse Restaurant

A view along the side of the Roadhouse restaurant which here offers an assortment of local newspapers. January 2012. Photos Ref: TLAK002

 

The Lakes - Service Station

The Lakes Roadhouse garage. The Great Southern Highway end has recently been re-aligned so that it joins the Great Eastern Highway slightly to the north of here. January 2012. Photos Ref: TLAK003

 

The Lakes - House

This house and property are just south of The Lakes Roadhouse. October 2015. Photos Ref: TLAK004

 

The Lakes - Lake Manaring

The Lakes is named after a series of lakes in the area, the largest being Lake Manaring which is located just south of the Great Southern Highway and roadhouse. Even at the end of winter, the lake is totally dry. October 2015. Photos Ref: TLAK005

 

The Lakes - Lake Manaring

Another view looking down to the dry Lake Manaring. October 2015. Photos Ref: TLAK006

 

The Lakes - Traveller's Inn Ruins

Looking north along the Great Southern Highway towards the junction of the Great Eastern Highway. The ruins of the 1855 Traveller's Inn can be seen below the trees. October 2015. Photos Ref: TLAK007

 

The Lakes - Traveller's Inn Ruins

The ruins of the 1855 Traveller's Inn showing a brick fireplace. October 2015. Photos Ref: TLAK008

 

The Lakes - Traveller's Inn Ruins

The ruins. This is what remains of a wall and possibly accommodation rooms beyond. October 2015. Photos Ref: TLAK009

 

The Lakes - Traveller's Inn Ruins

The ruins of the 1855 Traveller's Inn showing what is left of what would have been a larger room complete with fireplace. This site is protected by State Heritage. October 2015. Photos Ref: TLAK010


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