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
LAKE EACHAM TODAY
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.
More information can be found at http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/lake-eacham/index.html
or have a look at the Perentie Tours home page