Lake Barrine



A great place for a swim

A great place for a swim

Lake Barrine is a freshwater lake located east of the Atherton Township on the Gillies Highway. There is a short 80-meter walk to inspect a couple of giant 1,000-year-old Kauri Pines and continues on as a rainforest walking track around the perimeter of the lake. A 40-minute cruise with informative commentary departs regularly from a pontoon adjoining a lovely pre-war Tea House built in 1926. Swimming is also allowed and giant ells can be seen from the pontoon. The lake offers a tranquil and gorgeous environment; the gardens around the tea house are magnificent and feature picnic facilities and kiosk.


It was formed in the same manner as the smaller and nearby Lake Eacham.  Lake Barrine is 730 m above sea level and about 1 km in diameter.

To learn more, have a look at the Perentie Tours home page


About Gary Bondeson

Gary has been directly involved in tourism in Far North Queensland since the 1990’s. His passion for the area was inspired by the rich history and many points of interest concentrated in the region and felt a strong desire to share this with others. Gary is heavily involved with tourism development and even co-hosted an episode of the popular travel show 'The Great Outdoors’ with Tom Williams showing the limestone caves of Chillagoe located 200kms west of Cairns. After being away for 5 years, Gary has now returned to the area that he holds so dear to his heart to share his knowledge and experience with those who wish to have a Fair Dinkum Ozzy experience.

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