Lake Tinaroo, also known as Tinaroo Dam, was allegedly named when a prospector stumbled across a deposit of alluvial tin and, in a fit of excitement, shouted 'Tin! Hurroo!' The excitement hasn't died down since, with locals fleeing the swelter of the coast for boating, waterskiing and shoreline lolling. Barramundi fishing is permitted year-round, though if you're not joining a charter, you'll need to pick up a permit from local businesses.
The 28km Danbulla Forest Drive winds its way through rainforest and softwood plantations along the north side of the lake. The unsealed but well-maintained road passes the pretty Lake Euramoo and the boardwalk-encircled Cathedral Fig, a gigantic 500-year-old strangler fig similar to the Curtain Fig in nearby Yungaburra; it's also accessible via a signposted road off the Gillies Hwy.