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The Volcanic Crater Lake Eacham

Only 10 minutes’ drive from the Curtain Fig Tree (Yungaburra QLD), in the Crater Lakes National Park Cairns, is the serene Lake Eacham Australia… Boasting of pristine blue waters, fringed with dense lush rainforest and home to many small animals, this National Park is ideal for birdwatchers, bushwalking, swimming and canoeing.

Around 10,000 years ago the molten magma from the Earth’s Mantle began to rise towards the crust of the Earth, heating the water that was trapped underground… This caused steam to exit the grounds in the Tablelands area, followed by cracks in the ground, until the pressure builds up so much it let off some massive explosions, today these are maars known as Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine.

Lake Eacham is an enclosed catchment, a volcanic crater filled with water and no exit to nearby rivers, creeks or streams, with the water levels changing approx four metres between the seasons, with evaporation and seepage.

The Atherton Tablelands Lakes are a part of the World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest, owned by the Traditional Rainforest People of the Ngadjonji Aboriginal Tribe.