Lake Eacham Loop

45 min to 1 h 30 min
20 min to 40 min
45 min to 1 h 45 min

3.2 km

↑ 52 m
↓ -52 m

Easy track
Starting from Lakes Drive, Lake Eacham, this walk takes you on a circuit around Lake Eacham via a partially paved singular track, passing by a colossal strangler fig along the way. With its undulating hills and great scenery, this is a great candidate for being your regular weekend destination if you live nearby. The flora and the fauna of the rainforest is exceptional and diverse. Heaps of informational signposts are scattered around the track, instructing you about the area. You can end this lovely circuit around the volcanic crater lake with a swim in its welcoming waters, only followed by a peaceful picnic afterwards. The area tends to be busy so avoid peak hours and days for a more secluded experience. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-17.2853527,145.6292566)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Kennedy Highway, 1
  • Turn on to Malanda Atherton Road, 25 then drive for 1.7 km
  • Turn left onto Marks Lane and drive for another 2.6 km
  • Turn right onto Gillies Highway, 52 and drive for another 10.2 km
  • Turn right onto Malanda Lake Barrine Road and drive for another 540 m
  • Turn left onto Lake Eacham Road and drive for another 2.6 km
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Lakes Drive(335 metres south of intersection with Wrights Creek Road), head towards the lake along the car park, then pass through the bollard and between the picnic tables. Once you make it to the dirt track, turn right and follow it as you keep the lake to your left. You’ll then be taken into the rainforest as the track turns into a paved one. Stay on the designated track and keep the lake to your left throughout the journey to continue along Lake Eacham Loop(counterclockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
After 1.4 km find the "Colossal Strangler Fig - Lake Eacham" (on your right).
Colossal Strangler Fig - Lake Eacham
Colossal Strangler Fig - Lake Eacham


After another 1.6 km come to the viewpoint (on your left).
After another 30 m veer right.
Keep left.
After another 40 m come to the viewpoint (on your left).
After another 60 m pass the "Lake Eacham" (35 m on your right).
About 55 m past the end is a car park.
The end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Lake Eacham Loop

Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 3.2 km
Time 45 min to 1 h 30 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 3.1 km from the start.

Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
3.1 kmLake Eacham
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