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A guide to the best Fraser Island lakes Near Camp

Famous for its beaches, dingoes and shipwrecks, visitors are often happy to discover that Fraser Island also has more than 40 lakes, each one as unique and beautiful as the next. All of the Fraser Island lakes are special, not just because of their looks and resident flora and fauna, but also for the fact that more than half of the world’s perched lakes are found here. A perched lake is formed when sand is held together with organic matter such as plants, leaves and tree bark, along with natural minerals which solidify to form a layer which holds a body of water well above sea level. These unusual habitats provide a home for unique animals and plant life. 

But mostly Fraser Island lakes are beautiful places to hang out for the day, play some frisbee, swim and a picnic. There are plenty to choose from but we reckon these are the best of the lot, located an hour or less from camp. 

Here are the Best Fraser Island Lakes Near Camp

Lake McKenzie; the lake with the looks

Lake McKenzie is one of the most popular the Fraser Island lakes and for good reason. She’s pretty big, covering more than 150 hectares and is blessed with soft white silica sand beaches and crystal clear blue waters. Located on a sand dune, Lake McKenzie is 100 meters above sea level and has incredibly pure waters. Most visitors head to Lake McKenzie to relax on the beach and cool off with an afternoon dip, but don’t expect to spot many fish. An unexpected side effect of such clear, pure water is a habitat that doesn’t suit a lot of aquatic life, meaning dodging fish as you swim won’t be an issue. To help keep the water as clean as it is naturally, it’s important to wash off any sun cream or mosquito repellent you might have on your skin before diving in. The lake can get busy with visitors but it’s big enough to find your own little slice of paradise for the day. She’s a true beaut.

Lake Mckenzie

Driving time from camp: 40 minutes

Don’t forget: sunscreen, a tasty picnic and swimmers!


Lake Wabby; the most unique lake on the island

Lake Wabby is a small, semi circular lake with stunning green coloured waters and a very special character, and is certainly one of the most popular Fraser Island lakes. Lake Wabby is both a window lake and a barrage lake, the only one of its kind on Fraser Island, and she’s slowly disappearing. The lake is located in the east of the island on the great Hammerstone Sandblow, an enormous sand dune which is so large it resembles a desert. The dune is slowly engulfing the lake, bit by bit, which means special little Lake Wabby won’t be around forever. Its waters are far less acidic than other lakes on the island, meaning it is home to many species of fish (13 separate species have been recorded). Quieter than Lake McKenzie but no less beautiful, Lake Wabby is a beautiful spot for relaxing, swimming and taking in the amazing views of the surrounding dunes.

Lake Wabby and Sand Dunes

Driving time from camp: 40 minutes

Don’t forget: to look out for fish and other aquatic life you won’t find anywhere else on the island


Lake Boomanjin; swim in the red waters of the famous “tea tree” lake

One of the most stunning of all Fraser Island lakes is lake Boomanjin. Famous for its rust coloured water and the perfect place to escape the crowds for a swim. The lake is surrounded by tea trees which release tannins into the surrounding creeks which in turn empty into the lake, giving the water its unique red hue. Despite appearances, the water here is perfectly clean and as its another perched lake, the water is particularly pure, making it a great spot for a dip. There are far fewer visitors to Boomanjin than other lakes so the visitors that make the journey here often get the whole place to themselves. 

Lake Boomanjin

Driving time from camp: just over an hour

Don’t forget: to take in the sweet scent of the surrounding tea trees and embrace the seclusion

We hope you enjoy these Fraser Island lakes and create memories to last a lifetime!

Written by Kate Moxhay at