Crater Lakes National Park Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: Darren Jew ©Tourism and Events Qld

Crater Lakes National Park comprises of two separate sections—Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham. Both sections protect clear, blue crater lakes surrounded by cool rainforest. At Lake Barrine a walking track, giant bull kauri pine trees and privately-owned teahouse and boat cruises make it a popular stop for visitors. Lake Eacham, a favourite of locals and visitors alike, offers swimming, birdwatching, picnic areas and shady walking tracks.


Lake Barrine is about 60km or just over 1 hour's drive up the Gillies Range from Cairns. The turn-off to Lake Eacham is a further 8km along the Gillies Range.


The Traditional Owners of Crater Lakes National Park welcome you to their country and ask that you respect their special place.

Park facilities

  • Barbecue (wood/fuel/coin)
  • No campfires
  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair access (may require assistance)
  • No camping
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • World Heritage