Lake Barrine, Crater Lakes National Park Tropical North Queensland

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

Things to do

    See eastern water dragons along the Lake circuit track.

    See eastern water dragons along the Lake circuit track.

    Photo credit: Tamara Vallance

    Walk the short track to Lake Barrine's twin kauri pine trees, Queensland.

    Walk the short track to Lake Barrine's twin kauri pine trees, Queensland.

    Photo credit: Tourism Queensland

    Guided boat cruises on Lake Barrine, Queensland.

    Guided boat cruises on Lake Barrine, Queensland.

    Photo credit: Tourism Queensland

    Camping and accommodation


    Camping is not permitted within the national park.

    Other accommodation

    There is a range of holiday accommodation near Lake Barrine and in and around Yungaburra, Malanda and Atherton. For more information, see the tourism information links.


    Lake circuit track (Grade: easy to moderate)

    Distance: 5km return

    Time: allow 2hr walking time

    Details: 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.

    Twin kauris walk (Grade: easy)

    Distance: 160m return

    Time: allow 10min walking time

    Details: Walk from the lower car park to the boardwalk at the base of two exceptionally large bull kauri pines. These ancient giants are believed to be more than 1000 years old. Towering over the canopy, they are 50m tall and have a trunk diameter of 2.7m. Kauris, common in some rainforest types, are descendants of species that dominated tableland forests for thousands of years. Kauris today are almost identical to fossil kauris found in rocks 300 million years old.

    Rainforest walk (Grade: easy)

    Distance: 600m one way

    Time: allow 15min walking time

    Details: This rainforest track starts on the entrance road into Lake Barrine and joins the circuit track just past the twin kauri boardwalk. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the tropical rainforest.

    Picnic and day-use areas

    Picnic tables and toilets are provided. Visitors are reponsible for their own rubbish as bins are not provided. Feeding the wildlife is prohibited.

    The privately-owned Lake Barrine Teahouse offers meals and drinks.

    Canoeing and kayaking

    Non-motorised boats are welcome at Lake Barrine.

    Motorised vessels and motorised recreational craft are prohibited without a permit. This includes (but is not limited to) any motorised boat, jetski, remote control craft and underwater propulsion device.

    Guided tours and talks

    The Lake Barrine Teahouse offers guided boat cruises. For more information, see the tourism information links.


    Swimming is permitted at Lake Barrine but care must be taken when boat cruises are running. Duck lice may irritate the skin of swimmers at certain times of the year.


    Fishing, including the use of lines, traps and nets, is not permitted in Lake Barrine.

    Viewing wildlife

    Lake Barrine has an abundance of wildlife and several bird and mammal species are endemic to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The saw-shelled turtle and eastern water dragon are common lake residents. Amethystine pythons, whose dazzling pattern blends cryptically into the forest background, are also found on the edges of the water. The colourful Boyd's forest dragon, a lizard that grows to 45cm, may be seen clinging to narrow tree trunks. Over 130 bird species have been recorded in and around the lake. The aquatic environment of Lake Barrine is more favourable for waterbirds than that of Lake Eacham. Shallow edges with reeds, water lilies and fallen trees that act as natural perches attract a varied collection of waterbirds. The ornamental gardens surrounding the teahouse, and grassy edges along the boundaries, support a variety of birds that would otherwise not be seen in the park. Musky rat-kangaroos are active during the day and are often seen by visitors walking around the lake.

    • See the description of the park's natural environment for more details about Lake Barrine wildlife.