How to explore Lake Eacham

How to explore Lake Eacham

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 01/06/2016

Reading time: 3 mins

Set in the Atherton Tablelands, Lake Eacham an extinct volcano crater that’s filled with crystal clear waters.

The landscape looks like it’s been pulled straight out of a fairy-tale, with smooth waters and lush greenery. Around the lake, there are a whopping 1200 acres of highland rainforest. The tropical climate sees it boasting a whole host of native animals and plants.

The cool waters provide the perfect conditions for swimming and getting some respite from the hot Australian sun. At 60 metres deep, it’s teeming in underwater life. Pack your snorkel and search for local fish below the surface. Take a swim out to the pontoon and enjoy the views surrounding the lake. Or, take the kids for a dip in the shallow children’s pool.

What to do at Lake Eacham

Aside from swimming, there is plenty to do around the lake, making it a great day out. There’s a spacious picnic spot complete with electric BBQs, perfect for refuelling and re-connecting with nature. Pack your barbecue lunch and enjoy a real Aussie summers day, complete with sausages in bread.

Keen walkers and hikers will be in heaven at Lake Eacham. In the surrounding rainforest, there is a fantastic 4km track. Weave through the lush rainforest around the edge of the lake and the chance to get up close and personal with nature. Remember to stop for a moment to enjoy the breathtaking views of your surroundings. There’s also a 700m self-guided track that leads from the Park’s headquarters, for those less inclined to hike. This leads right up to the lakefront, giving easy access to visitors.

Tucked away within the rainforest scenery are the Eacham Waterfalls, a collection of magical spots that offer picture-perfect scenes. Follow the walking track to the falls and enjoy the native plants along the track. Or, hop in your car and drive through the rainforest. You’ll pass through World Heritage sites and be able to stop at major attractions along the way.

To get an insight into the park’s flora and fauna, drop into the National Parks and Wildlife Office. Here you’ll learn about the history of Lake Eacham and the rainforest. Plus, get to know the birds, plants, and animals of the region. With this extra knowledge you can keep an eye out for rare and unique species on your travels.

you’re looking to get away from it all for a day, then hotfoot it to this magnificent place. Lake Eacham is the perfect place to soak up beauty and tranquillity and reset yourself.

Opening Hours

Lake Eacham is open every day of the year. We recommend always checking for any warnings or extreme weather conditions before entering the Eacham Lake area. On occasion crocodiles are spotted in the Lake Eacham area, so be sure to keen an eye out and be croc-wise..

Aside from the incredible scenery, Lake Eacham boasts a serene atmosphere that spans for miles in every direction.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.