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!'. These days locals flee 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.
This region is the traditional land of the Ngadjonji people.