Welcome to Crater Lakes National Park


On a hot day, folks from the coast swarm up to Lake Eacham for a dip – and some turtle-spotting – in its cool, clear waters. There are sheltered picnic areas, a pontoon and a boat ramp. The 3km lake-circuit track is an easy one-hour walk.

You won't have to worry about saltwater crocs, though a freshie occasionally cruises around Eacham.

To the local Ngadjonji and Yidinji people the lakes were known as Barany (Barrine) and Yidyam (Eacham)


Top experiences in Crater Lakes National Park

Crater Lakes National Park activities

$143.40 Day Trips & Excursions

Atherton Tablelands Food and Wine Tour from Cairns

Your day starts with morning pickup at your Cairns or Northern Beaches hotel. Travel up to the inland hills in a comfortable air-conditioned minicoach driven by your guide. Stop at Lake Barrine, located at 2,395 feet (730 meters) above sea level within Crater Lakes National Park. The biggest of the natural volcanic lakes in the region, Lake Barrine is known for its towering twin Kauri pines that are estimated to be 1,000 years old. Follow your guide on a short walk in the fresh mountain air to see this national treasure.Then have a seat on the balcony of the 80-year-old tea house and take in views of Lake Barrine while snacking on a delicious Devonshire tea consisting of locally grown tea or coffee and fresh-baked scones.Continue your route through the Atherton Tablelands, traveling through the historic towns of Yungaburra, Atherton, Tolga and Mareeba. Stop at local farms for a behind-the-scenes look at their operations, with exclusive access to a macadamia nut farm and a tour of a coffee plantation. You also taste chocolates and cheese at a dairy farm where they handcraft a range of delicious sweets and dairy products. At each stop, you'll learn about their foods and production methods, and packaged goods are available to purchase.Around midday, pop into a historic pub for a hearty seafood lunch. Then visit a winery for a tasting of their tropical fruit wines, made from fruits such as lychee, mango, mulberry, bush cherry and passion fruit.Get great photo ops of the famous Curtain Fig Tree, a strangler fig that grows on top of a host tree. This specimen, one of the tallest in north Queensland, has impressive aerial roots that measure 49 feet (15 meters) long. After a full day of great food and fascinating commentary, your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

$575.94 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Heli Pub Tour

A fantastic way to see and taste what the Atherton Tablelands has to offer! Depart Cairns and head south past Walshs Pyramid, a distinct peak with a pyramidal appearance and on to the first stop, The Mountain View Hotel – a classic old Queenslander pub located on the Gillies highway at the start of the range. Ascending for the next stop, you cross over lush rainforest and the Crater Lakes National Park. The park contains two volcanically-formed lakes around 17,000 years old. Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham, each filled purely by crystal clear rainwater. As you climb to the top of the Tablelands you soon arrive at pub number two the historical Peeramon Hotel – Queensland’s highest in terms of elevation and the oldest on the Tablelands. Our third stop takes you over Lake Tinaroo, a man made dam completed in 1958 and used for irrigation, water supply, hydroelectricity, and recreation. After soaring over the lake, approximately 75% the size of Sydney Harbour, you land at Mt. Uncle Distillery. North Queensland’s first and only distillery, producing award winning premium spirits and liqueurs. The Bridges Bar & Restaurant next door offers a fantastic spot for lunch and a frosty beverage. Airborne again, your soon passing over a major township formed on the merging point of the Barron River, Granite and Emerald Creeks. Mareeba, (Aboriginal meaning “meeting of the waters”) is the hub of the Tablelands and home to around 10,000+ people. You will soon touch down at the last pub, The Billabong in Kuranda. Nestled amongst pristine tropical rainforest, its easy to relax on the huge timber deck overlooking the water with a unique view of the eucalypt woodlands. The tour winds up with a return flight to Cairns, offering spectacular views of the Barron gorge and falls.

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