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Crater Lake Circuit Track in Cairns

Crater Lake Circuit Track in Cairns

Recommended by local Natasha Barlow the Lake Barrine located about an hour out of Cairns in the Atherton tablelands is a great place for a beautiful picturesque trail run. Actually great for swim, running around, or biking. 
With its clear crater lake surrounded by lush world heritage rainforest, Lake Barrine day-use area is a beautiful rest stop while exploring the Atherton and Evelyn Tablelands.
With a number of options with a 5km Lake Barrine circuit track which offers secluded forest-fringed views of the lake and excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife.
Or a shorter Lake Eacham track (or do both!). 

If you decide to take a dip post run be aware that duck lice may irritate the skin of swimmers at certain times of the year.

Lake Barrine has an abundance of wildlife and several bird and mammal species are endemic to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. More than 130 bird species have been recorded in and around the lake. With its shallow edges with reeds, water lilies and fallen trees, the aquatic environment of Lake Barrine is more favourable for waterbirds than that of Lake Eacham.

Remember, feeding the wildlife is prohibited and everything within Crater Lakes National Park is protected.

Getting there and getting around

Lake Barrine day-use area is in the Lake Barrine section of Crater Lakes National Park, about 60km drive up the Gillies Range from Cairns.

Access roads are sealed and suitable for conventional vehicles.

  • From Cairns, drive approximately 60km up Gillies Range Road, turn left on Lake Barrine Access Road and into the Lake Barrine car park.
  • Alternatively, drive approximately 8km from Yungaburra township along the Gillies Range Road and turn right into Lake Barrine Access Road.
  • The day-use area is two sections, near the top car park as well as near the twin kauris walk trailhead.

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