Lake Barrine Rainforest Cruises and Teahouse Cafe

A mere 1 hour drive from Cairns via the scenic Gillies Highway brings you to the cool atmosphere of the Atherton Tablelands, where you will come across a beautiful, enchanting natural lake hidden in World Heritage Rainforest.  Lake Barrine is something special as it is actually a water filled crater left by a volcanic eruption approximately 10,000 years ago.  Whether you’re interested in a fully guided boat tour of the lake and its creatures, a swim in the freshwater lake, a walk around the lake in the lush rainforest or a quick snack at the lakeside teahouse amongst beautiful terraced gardens; Lake Barrine offers one of the most beautiful and relaxing environments in the tropics.

Rainforest Cruises

Lake Barrine is world famous for it’s unique informative relaxing rainforest & wildlife cruises around the volcanic crater brim.  The 45-minute cruise provides a close-up view of one of the most complex and amazing rainforest eco-systems in the world, giving you a different perspective from the 5km walking track as you will view the unique heritage listed rainforest from the pristine lake shore.

The 45 minute Rainforest and Wildlife Cruise operates daily with the first cruise at 9.30am.  Coach and large group bookings are easily catered for with discount rates available upon request.

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The Teahouse Cafe

The multi-award winning Devonshire Teas and tasty light lunches can be enjoyed on the balcony of the charming 80 year old teahouse while taking in the serene lake views.

Our memorable Devonshire Tea consists of locally grown Tea and Coffee served with our secret recipe scones going back four generations which are presented with raspberry plum jam and freshly whipped cream.  We also serve a selection of homemade cakes including Gluten Free options.

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Review Highlights

Serene, sparkling water, sweet wildlife
The tour of lake barrine is so enjoyable. The boat you go on seems to float around the lake as the motor is so quiet. The commentary is really informative and the wildlife seems to come out to show off as you go past! It’s a slow, gentle cruise around the lake, about 20 minutes. Then have breakfeast, morning tea, lunch or afternoon tea at the wonderful tea house!

Donna R

Well worth doing….
I have had the pleasure of doing this cruise a couple of times now.
It’s a very enjoyable way to see and learn a bit about the volcanic crater lake and surrounding rainforest area. The guides are quite knowledgeable and present the information very well.

Dan G, Cairns

Don’t miss this
Wonderful place to visit! Great food in the tea house for all tastes, don’t miss the cream tea! Beautiful small gardens and the lake is lovely. Swimming is allowed too. Great staff and lovely gift shop.

Philip J, London, United Kingdom
Breathtaking Views!
My tea was divine, scones were just like nan used to make…. And our three kids were straight in for a swim! The history of the place was a fascinating read for all of us. I highly recommend stopping by
Miriam M, Brisbane, Australia

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