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Lake Eacham. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Crater Lakes National Park

Swim in an extinct volcano

Drop in to Crater Lakes National Park, where the clear blue rainforest-fringed waters of Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham—extinct craters up to 65m deep—will refresh and restore you for the adventures ahead. Enjoy quality time with family and friends and laze around the water’s edge with your picnic, watching the kids swim and play—don’t forget the inflatable rings. Top off a lazy afternoon with a stroll around the lake, marvelling at the 1000-year old, 50m tall twin kauri trees at Lake Barrine, or spotting wildlife at Lake Eacham and engaging the kids in the interactive children’s walk.

Location and getting there

60–68km SW of Cairns or 20–23km E of Atherton. Access is via the Gillies Hwy.

Visitor facilities and opportunities

ToiletsPicnic areaCampingCaravan/camper trailer/campervan sitesShort or easy walksHikesCyclingFishingHorseridingWheelchair access

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A paradise for birdwatchers

Many species of birds have been recorded in Crater Lakes National Park. Look and listen for mound-building Australian brush-turkeys, double-eyed fig parrots, eastern whip-birds, spotted cat-birds and Victoria’s rifle birds in the rainforest. On the lakes, look for Pacific black ducks and little black cormorants.