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Lake Barrine Circuit Track, Crater Lakes National Park
Malanda, Tablelands Area

Free Entry - Entry Information

13 74 68
13 7468


Lake Barrine, in Crater Lakes National Park, is a volcanic maar, surrounded by rainforest. The deep waters of the lake and the pleasant coolness of the Atherton Tableland have combined to make Lake Barrine a popular stop for visitors to the area.

The Lake circuit track is a pleasant walk around the crater lake passes through rainforest characteristic of the type found on fertile basalt (red) soils in areas of high rainfall. This track offers secluded forest-fringed views of the lake and excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife, including saw-shelled turtles and eastern water dragons.

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Lake Barrine circuit track

Grade: easy to moderate.

Distance: 5 kilometres return.

Time: allow 2 hours walking time.

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About the Walk

5 kilometres
1.5-2 hours
Short Walk
The lake's edge below the car park.

Walk Highlights

  • Giant Kauri Pines
  • Abundant birdlife
  • Volcanic crater lake

Walk Hints

Never jump or dive into natural waterways.

Wear hats and protective clothing to prevent sunburn.

Watch your step; keep well away from cliff edges, waterfalls and slippery rocks. Keep to formed tracks unless you are experienced and well-equipped.

Take a map and let someone know your plans.

Property Details


  • Access Without Assistance for the Disabled
    Non-assisted Access
  • Cafe
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Parking for the Disabled
    Disabled Parking
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
    Sheltered Area
  • Toilet facilities for the Disabled
    Disabled toilet
  • Viewing Platform
    Viewing Platform
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks


  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Birdwatching
  • Walking

Other Information

The privately-owned teahouse has ramps and wheelchair-accessible toilets.

How To Get There:
Lake Barrine is on the eastern part of the Atherton Tableland. It is about 60 kilometres or one hour's drive from Cairns via the Gillies Highway. The Atherton Tableland is also accessible via the Kennedy Highway from Cairns, the Palmerston Highway from Innisfail or the Mossman-Mt Molloy Road from Port Douglas.

Lake Barrine lies 720 metres above sea level and the lower humidity and temperatures are a pleasant escape from the coastal extremes. Maximum summer temperatures are around 30 degrees Celsius while winter temperatures can fall below 10 degrees Celsius at night.

Free Entry

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Crater Lakes National Park
Queensland 4885 Australia

Contact Details

13 74 68
13 7468


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