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.... more
Lake Barrine circuit track
Grade: easy to moderate.
Distance: 5 kilometres return.
Time: allow 2 hours walking time.... less
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.
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.
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