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Visiting Lake Barrine safely
Lake Barrine is on the eastern part of the Atherton Tableland. It is about 60km 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.
The privately-owned teahouse has ramps and wheelchair-accessible toilets.
- Please remain on the walking tracks and boardwalks at all times.
- Take adequate water when walking and protect yourself from the sun.
- Take note of safety signs and distance markers.
- Be aware that stinging trees are found alongside the tracks. Never touch this plant as it may result in a painful sting. If you are stung, and symptoms are severe, seek medical attention.
For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.
Essentials to bring
To ensure you have an enjoyable visit please remember to bring:
- drinking water
- sunscreen, a hat and a long-sleeved shirt, to protect yourself from the sun.
Lake Barrine is open 24 hours a day.
Permits and fees
Permits are required for commercial or organised group activities. Contact us for further information.
Domestic animals are not permitted in Crater Lakes National Park.
Climate and weather
Lake Barrine lies 720m above sea level and the lower humidity and temperatures are a pleasant escape from the coastal extremes. Maximum summer temperatures are around 30°C while winter temperatures can fall below 10°C at night.
Fuel and supplies
Fuel and supplies are available in Yungaburra and other towns on the Atherton Tableland. For more information, see the tourism information links.
- Walking track surveying: Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine, Crater Lakes National Park 13 January to 1 February 2021