Atherton national parks and parks

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    THE VOLCANIC CRATER LAKE OF LAKE EACHAM IS A GREAT PLACE FOR A SWIM ON A HOT DAY: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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    THE OTHER VOLCANIC CRATER LAKE - LAKE BARRINE IS ALSO A NICE PLACE TO VISIT: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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    YOU CAN EXPLORE THE LUSH RAINFOREST THAT SURROUNDS LAKE BARRINE ON THE PURPOSE BUILT BOARDWALK: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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    LAKE TINAROO IS POPULAR FOR WATER SPORTS: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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    CHECK OUT THE FASCINATING DIATREME (VOLCANIC PIPE) AT MOUNT HYPIPAMEE NATIONAL PARK: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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    HASTIES SWAMP NATIONAL PARK IS RENOWNED FOR ITS DIVERSE RANGE OF RESIDENT AND MIGRATORY BIRDS: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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Hasties Swamp National Park

Hasties Swamp is a large seasonal wetland renowned for its diverse range of resident and migratory birds. Over 220 species have been identified and a large bird hide, with informative identification signs, offers excellent waterbird viewing opportunities.

Aquatic environments of open water, reeds, muddy edges and sedge land vary with the cycle of wet and dry seasons. The open eucalypt forest surrounding the swamp is a striking contrast to the lush rainforests found elsewhere on the tableland.

Activities

Guided tours and wildlife viewing

Camping

There is no camping available in the park.

Location

Located 4 km south of Atherton.


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Craters Lake National Park (Lake Eacham)

This is a clear, blue lake surrounded by lush rainforest. Walking tracks through the rainforest allow for secluded forest-fringed views of the lake and excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife.

In geological terms, the lake is a maar—a volcanic crater formed by massive explosions resulting from superheating of groundwater. The crater has filled with water, forming a lake 65 metres deep. A number of rainforest communities can be seen along the three kilometres track encircling the lake.

Over 180 bird species have been recorded from the rainforest here and you may be lucky enough to see one of the few species of marsupial active during daytime—the small musky rat-kangaroo.

Activities

Wildlife viewing, Bush walking (hiking), canoeing and swimming.

Camping

There is no camping available in the park.

Location

Lake Eacham, Crater Lakes National Park is located about 24 km from Atherton.


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Craters Lake National Park (Lake Barrine)

In geological terms Lake Barrine is a volcanic maar surrounded by rainforest. The deep waters of the lake and the pleasant coolness of the Atherton Tableland have combined to make Lake Barrine a popular stop for visitors to the area. The track around the lake allows for forest-fringed secluded views of the lake and excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife.

Activities

Wildlife viewing, Bush walking (hiking), canoeing, guided tours and swimming.

Camping

There is no camping available in the park.

Location

Lake Barrine, Crater Lakes National Park is located about 24 km from Atherton.


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Lake Tinaroo

This lake was created when they dammed the Barron River in 1950 for the irrigation of agricultural areas. Since then, the lake has become a popular water sports and recreational area for activities such as canoeing, kayaking, sailing, water skiing and fishing. There are plenty of opportunities for camping, picnicking and bushwalking along the 200km of shoreline.

Lake Tinaroo is approximately 11km to the east of Atherton.


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Mount Hypipamee National Park

Located high on the southern Evelyn Tableland, in the Hugh Nelson Range, this park is centred around a diatreme or what is commonly referred to as a volcanic pipe or vent, thought to have been created by a massive gas explosion.

A platform at the end of a 400 metre walking track through the rainforest provides an uninterrupted view of the remaining crater. The crater is less than 70 metres across with sheer granite walls (the surface rock through which the gas exploded). Fifty-eight metres below the rim is a lake about 82 metres deep covered with a green layer of native waterweed.

A remarkable variety of vegetation types, including high-altitude rainforest, grow in this small park. It is a hot spot for possums with several different species found in the area and a good place for seeing high-altitude birds.

Activities

Wildlife viewing, Bush walking (hiking).

Camping

There is no camping available in the park.

Location

Located 25 kilometres south of Atherton.


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