Lake Eacham



A cool place to swim

Lake Eacham

Lake Eacham is an extinct volcanic crater lake formed approximately 12,000 years ago when magma (lava) rose to the surface and heated the water table. The pressure from the steam that was created resulted in a massive explosion which blasted the central core from the volcano.  Eventually, the crater filled with cool, crystal clear rainwater where the level can fluctuate up to 4 metres between the wet and dry seasons. Both Lake Barrine and the crater at Mount Hypipamee were thought to have been created at the same time and the event is referred to in Aboriginal Dreamtime stories


A great place for a swim

Lake Eacham is great place to swim

Like Lake Eacham, Lake Barrine  is now surrounded by lush tropical rainforest and separated by a ten-minute drive. Both are ideal locations for bird watching, canoeing, bush walking and swimming.   The location has well-appointed picnic areas.

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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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