Lake Barrine - Queensland, Australia

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1897. Lake Barrine is a freshwater lake stituated on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia, close to Lake Eacham.

Lake Barrine was formed over 17,000 years ago when a large volcano erupted, leaving a crater that over time filled up with water to create a lake. The crater was formed as a result of a series of volcanic explosions. These explosions were caused by the hot molten rock coming into contact with groundwater. This caused a buildup of steam, gases and pressure which blasted the central core from the volcano. This massive explosion left a huge crater, which filled with rain water to create Lake Barrine.

The lake is 730 m above sea level, on average it is 65 m deep, it is about 1 km in diameter, has a shoreline of almost 4.5 km and is the largest of the natural volcanic lakes in the area. No streams or springs feed the crystal clear lake; it is filled only by rainwater.

There is are walking tracks around the lake and tour operators offer cruises on the lake. The surrounding rainforest contains Giant Kauri Pines, Cedar Trees and Flowering Umbrella trees. Wildlife common in the area include, Eastern water dragons, Giant Eels, Snapping Turtles, Amethystine Pythons, Pied Cormorants , Black Ducks, Wandering Water whistler Ducks, Black Coot, Whistling Kite Hawks, Brahminy Kite Hawks, Black Kite Hawks, White Breasted Sea Eagles, and Dusky Moorhens.

This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 20 March, 2007.

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