At the top of the Gillies Range, just minutes from the historic township of Yungaburra is Lake Barrine where the stable water level gives a tidy bank with rainforest right down to the water, much of it reflected in secluded bays.Many of Far North Queensland's timbers can be seen on the walk around Lake Barrine, including the giant Kauri Pines, and the wildlife likely to be spotted include Eastern Water Dragons, and Amethyst Pythons sunning themselves on logs. Enjoy a cruise on the lake and a Devonshire tea before you begin on your way again.
Nearby is the 489 hectare Lake Eacham National Park, and as with Lake Barrine, Lake Eacham is a volcanic crater lake full of crystal clear water and surrounded by lush tropical highland rainforest. Lake Eacham also offers swimming, bush walking through the rainforest that surrounds the lake, prolific bird life and an astonishing range of rainforest animals. Enjoy a picnic or BBQ on the grassy banks at the edge of the Lake.
Lake Tinaroo’s large expanse was created back in the 1950’s by damming the Barron River and now its precious water provides irrigation for much of the region’s crops. Recreational use of the beautiful lake is high and the campgrounds are very popular with locals seeking to escape the humidity of the coast during the warmer months. The dam wall is a favoured picnic spot and photo opportunity. Great for fishing, birdwatching, waterskiing, etc