Panorama of Lake Bitterang in the Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, Victoria, Australia. Lake Bitterang forms part of the Hattah-Kulkyne Lakes Ramsar site approximately 480 kilometres north-west of Melbourne. Lake Bitterang is located on the floodplain of the Murray River. When filled via Chalka Creek the lakes in the park can retain water up to 3 years with a diverse population of waterbirds and a wide range of indigenous flora and fauna.
Victoria is Australia's second smallest State and covers only 3% of Australia's land area but has the second highest population of all States and Territories. Victoria's mainland and islands have a total length of 2,512 kilometres coastline which is about 4.2% of Australia's 59,736 kilometres of coastline. Australia is the driest inhabited continent and Victoria is no exception although the state capital Melbourne has the reputation to have 4 seasons in one day. Victoria is located in the southeast of mainland Australia and includes the most southern point on mainland Australia at Wilsons Promontory National Park.