Great Sandy National Park, Fraser Island, QLD, Australia
About The Spot: At 200 hectares, Lake Boomanjin is the largest perched lake in the world. Perched lakes are formed when a build up of organic matter raises the lake floor above sea level. The waters of Lake Boomanjin are stained Tea Tree red and the ripples of red are due to very small creeks that carry in water which has been heavily discolored by tannin from Tea Trees. There are significantly smaller crowds compared to Lake Wabby or Lake McKenzie, so you can relax in the water and take time to feel the fine, white sand between your toes. Because this sand is made of tiny bits of quartz (which has no nutritional value) there are very few plants that survive, and those that do have adapted to the environment by finding food outside the soil.
These exotic carnivorous plants dot the shores of the lake. The Sundew feeds on trapped insects, trapping them with sweet-smelling sticky mucilage. Bladderworts are decorated with small flowers and survive by trapping tiny organisms in their underground bladders.
The delicacy of the Lake Boomanjin’s ecosystem means that cosmetics such as sunscreen or bug spray should not be worn if you plan on diving in. Though Lake Boomanjin has a somewhat post-apocalyptic feel to its landscape, its shallow waters are refreshing and serene to relax in. Suitable for all ages.
How To Get There: The Mantaray Ferry leaves from Inskip point and arrives at the Southern most point of Fraser Island. Information on times and prices can be found here. Once off the ferry, turning right will put you on 75 Mile Beach, which runs the length of Fraser Island’s East Coast. From 75 Mile Beach Road, take the Dilli Village exit (Dillinghams Road). By keeping right at two intersections you will arrive at Lake Boomanjin after 11.3km.
The Kingfisher Bay Ferry leaves from River Heads. The barge pricing information and times can be found here. Once off the barge, drive towards Cornwells Road and follow until you reach the East Coast of Fraser Island. Once on 75 Mile Beach, drive south to Dilli village, take Dillinghams road and in 11.3km you will arrive at Lake Boomanjin. There is an inland route from Kingfisher Bay to Lake Boomanjin, it passes Lakes’ McKenzie, Basin, Birrabeen and Benaroon. This route has many intersections, requires a high clearance 4WD and has terrain that can change with the weather. If you choose this route (which can be a lot of fun), plan ahead with a map and leave plenty of time to navigate the harsh sandy trails.
Difficulty of access: 2/10 It is a fairly short walk of about a couple hundred metres from the car park to the lake.
All vehicles driving on Fraser Island must have a current Fraser Island vehicle access permit. Driving should be done cautiously and will take more time because the roads are sand. The Inland tracks are suitable for high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles only.
Opening Times/Seasons: Lake Boomanjin is open all day, year-round.
Entrance Fee: Prices for Vehicle Access Permits for Fraser Island can be found here. Camping fees vary depending on duration of stay and age
Facilities Nearby: There are flushing toilets behind the car park.
Other Activities: There are picnic areas very close to this lake, just remember to be ‘dingo safe’. Since Fraser Island has over 300 species of birds, birdwatching can be a rewarding and fun activity. Many visitors enjoy fishing at the nearby 75 Mile Beach.
Other Places of Interest Nearby: Central Station, close by to Lake Boomanjin is more than a campsite. Originally established as a forestry camp, Central Station offers beautiful walks through the rainforest where visitors can learn about the development of the island and its various flora and fauna.
Wildlife: Some interesting carnivorous plants dot the shoreline. There are many species of birds on Fraser Island, and dingoes freely roam the area.
Places to Eat: On the island are several restaurants, many of which are found within the Kingfisher Bay Resort, such as the Sand Bar and Bistro and the Seabelle Restaurant. More restaurants can be found within the Eurong Resort and in Happy Valley.
Where to Camp: You can camp right near this lake at the Lake Boomanjin camping area, which is a fenced camping area set in tall, open forest a short stroll from the lake. This is walk-in camping only; vehicles must stay outside and tents must stay inside the fenced area. There are also an additional 30+ camping locations on the Island, with Central Station being the closest and most popular. Lake Boomanjin is also very close to any beach side campsites along the south eastern side of Fraser Island.
Other places to Stay: There are lodges, hotels, and resorts on Fraser Island, the closest of which are located in Eurong and Dilli Village. Other resorts include the Kingfisher Bay Resort, which is close by, and Happy Valley (2hr Drive). A helpful pdf of the camp zones can be found here.
Nearby Towns: A ferry ride off the island will take you to several towns that have shops and restaurants, the closest town being Hervey Bay.
Comments: Because of its unique Tea Tree-stained waters and the fact that it is the largest perched lake in the world, its worth taking the time to see Lake Boomanjin.