Lake Eacham, Crater Lakes National Park Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: © Queensland Government

About Lake Eacham

    Park features

    Lake Eacham is a clear, blue lake surrounded by lush rainforest. Walking tracks through the rainforest provide secluded forest-fringed views of the lake and excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife.

    In geological terms, the lake is a maar—a volcanic crater formed by massive explosions from the superheating of groundwater. The crater has filled with water, forming a lake 65m deep. A number of rainforest communities can be seen along the 3km track encircling the lake.

    Over 180 bird species have been recorded from the rainforest and you may be lucky enough to see one of the few species of marsupial active during daytime—the small musky rat-kangaroo.

    Looking after the park

    • Place your rubbish in the bins provided, or take it with you.
    • Never feed wildlife. Human food can be harmful to wild animals and animals may become aggressive when fed. You may get bitten or scratched. Feeding fish and turtles at Lake Eacham is prohibited.
    • Fishing, including the use of lines, traps and nets, is prohibited in Lake Eacham. Penalties apply.
    • Camping, including sleeping in campervans and vehicles, is not permitted in Crater Lakes National Park.
    • Domestic animals are prohibited in national parks.
    • When cycling, stay on formed roads—bicycles are not permitted on walking tracks and boardwalks.

    See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

    Park management

    Lake Eacham was gazetted a national park in 1934. In 1988 it was included within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, and in 1994, joined with Lake Barrine under the one name—Crater Lakes National Park.

    Crater Lakes National Park is managed on a day-to-day basis by QPWS. Management of the World Heritage area is coordinated through a partnership between the Commonwealth and Queensland governments, the Traditional Owners and the wider community.

    Tourism information links

    Atherton Tableland Information Centre
    Corner Silo Road and Main Street, Atherton QLD 4883
    Phone: (07) 4091 4222

    Malanda Falls Visitor Information Centre
    Malanda-Atherton Road, Malanda QLD 4885
    Phone: (07) 4096 6957

    For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.