Lake Barrine, Crater Lakes National Park Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: © Tourism Tropical North Qld

Visiting Lake Barrine safely

    Image of stinging trees.

    Be aware of stinging trees. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

    Photo credit: Tamara Vallance © Queensland Government

    Getting there and getting around


    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.

    Wheelchair accessibility

    The privately-owned teahouse has ramps and wheelchair-accessible toilets.

    Staying safe

    • 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.

    Before you visit

    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.

    Opening hours

    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.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.