Crater Lakes National Park Tropical North Queensland

Start of Lake Eacham children’s walk on the left. Photo credit: © Danora Buschkens

Photo credit: Darren Jew ©Tourism and Events Qld

Take your canoe and kayak for a majestic paddle along the edge of the lake. Photo credit: © Tourism Tropical North Qld

Walking tracks through the rainforest provide secluded forest-fringed views of the lake. Photo credit: © Queensland Government

Be inspired: Chasing volcanoes (and waterfalls) in the tropical north

They say ‘don’t go chasing waterfalls’ but we suggest you do, and volcanoes too! Photo credit: Steven Nowakowski © Queensland Government

Be inspired: Grab your boots and adventure outdoors—7 short walks around Cairns and Townsville

‘These boots are made for walkin’ and that’s just what they’ll do…’ If you like the sound of rambling through ancient rainforests, wandering along palm-fringed beaches and clambering around tropical islands, not to mention, spotting awesome wildlife, read on! Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

Lake Eacham children’s walk

Learn about the rainforest and animals as you wriggle like a snake, search for dragons and create amazing creatures on this fun walk for kids (and adults!).

Journey type
Walk
Distance
1.4km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 1hr playing time
Grade
Grade 2 walking track

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Walk-in

Journey facilities

  • Walking

Wriggle like a snake, stamp on pests and hunt for dragons on this fun walk through the Lake Eacham rainforest. Take the family on this 1.4km return walk which gives kids (and adults) a chance to learn about some interesting things while having a good time. The track is suitable for prams but is steep in places and the time taken to return will depend on how much fun you’re having.

Getting there and getting around

Lake Eacham children’s walk is in the Lake Eacham section of Crater Lakes National Park, about 68km drive up the Gillies Range from Cairns.

Access roads are sealed and suitable for conventional vehicles.

  • From Cairns, drive approximately 68km up Gillies Range Road, turn left on Lake Barrine Road and then left into Lakes Drive. Alternatively, drive approximately 4km from Yungaburra township along the Gillies Range Road, turn right into Lake Barrine Road and then left into Lakes Drive.
  • The start of the children’s walk is located at the southern end of the Lake Eacham day-use area, near the bus parking area.
  • Return along the same track.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities on this walk.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Lake Eacham children’s walk is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Crater Lakes safely and Walk with care.