Lake Eacham is a clear, blue lake surrounded by lush rainforest. Walking tracks through the rainforest provide secluded forest-fringed views of the lake and excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife. Over 180 bird species have been recorded from the rainforest here and you may be lucky enough to see one of the few species of marsupial active during daytime—the small musky rat-kangaroo.In geological terms, the lake is a maar—a volcanic crater formed by massive explosions from the superheating of groundwater. The crater has filled with water, forming a lake 65 m deep.... more
The Lake circuit track offers secluded forest-fringed views of the lake and excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife. Read the signs and see the rainforest and its inhabitants through the eyes of the Aboriginal Traditional Owners. Please remain on the walking tracks and boardwalks when in the forest and take note of safety signs and distance markers.
Lake Eacham circuit track, Crater Lakes National Park
Grade: easy to moderate.
Distance: 3 kilometres return.
Time: allow 1 hour 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.
Rainfall is strongly seasonal, with most falling December to April.
Lake Eacham toilets and some tracks and boardwalks are wheelchair-accessible with assistance.
How To Get There
Lake Eacham is on the eastern part of the Atherton Tableland, about 68 kilometres or just over one hours 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-Mount Molloy Road from Port Douglas.
Lake Eacham 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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