Lake Eacham is a maar (a volcanic crater formed by explosions from
overheating groundwater) surrounded by rainforest. A 4.5 km track
around the lake passes many different rainforest communities. At the
start of the track there is evidence of rainforest clearing during
World War II with dominant grey-green wattles in the canopy and a
large number of young rainforest species underneath.
There are at least 100 recorded species of birds in the rainforest,
as well as the small, dark, musky rat-kangaroo, one of the few
species of marsupial active during daytime.
Contact the local Parks and
Wildlife Service or visit the
QLD National parks, marine parks and forests website. In addition to our listed
online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your
destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.