Crater Lakes National Park Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: Darren Jew ©Tourism and Events Qld

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

Walking tracks through the rainforest provide secluded forest-fringed views of the lake. Photo credit: © Queensland Government

Crater Lakes National Park comprises 2 separate sections—Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham. Both sections protect clear, blue crater lakes surrounded by cool rainforest. At Lake Barrine, discover giant bull kauri pines towering above the forest or take the time to watch the lake’s waterbirds come and go. Lake Eacham, a favourite of locals and visitors alike, offers swimming, birdwatching, picnic areas and shady walking tracks.


Lake Barrine is about 60km or just over 1 hour's drive up the Gillies Range from Cairns. The turn-off to Lake Eacham is a further 8km along the Gillies Range.


The Traditional Owners of Crater Lakes National Park welcome you to their country and ask that you respect their special place.

The Traditional Owners of Lake Barrine, the Tablelands Yidinji, welcome you to their special place and ask that you respect their country during your visit.

Learn moreGetting there

Park facilities

  • Barbecue (wood/fuel/coin)
  • No campfires
  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair access (may require assistance)
  • No camping
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • World Heritage