Lake Eacham, Crater Lakes National Park
A clear, blue lake surrounded by cool rainforest, Lake Eacham offers swimming, birdwatching, picnic areas and shady walking tracks, making it a popular recreation area with locals and visitors.
Getting there and getting around
Lake Eacham is on the eastern part of the Atherton Tableland. It is about 68km or just over 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.
Lake Eacham is a clear, blue lake surrounded by lush rainforest. Walking tracks through the rainforest allow for 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 resulting from 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 here and you may be lucky enough to see one of the few species of marsupial active during daytime — the small musky rat-kangaroo.
Things to do
>>Picnic and day use areas
Please remain on the walking tracks when in the forest. Take adequate water and protect yourself from the sun. Take care when crossing the road.
Looking after the park
Place your rubbish in the bins provided. Feeding of wildlife (including fish) is prohibited as it can affect their health and alter the natural population balance.
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 the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Management of the World Heritage Area is co-ordinated through a partnership between the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments, the Traditional Owners and the wider community.
The Lake Eacham picnic area is currently undergoing a major redevelopment. More than $1 million is being spent upgrading water access, improving the picnic area, building new toilets and better managing parking in the area.
A management plan for this park will be prepared in the future.
83 Main St, Atherton
PO Box 975, Atherton QLD 4883
ph (07) 4091 1844
fax (07) 4091 3281
EPA Customer Service Centre
160 Ann Street, Brisbane
PO Box 15155, City East QLD 4002
ph (07) 3227 8185
fax (07) 3227 8749
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service