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.