Lake Barrine, Australia

Didn’t know much about Lake Barrine when we headed out from Carnes, Australia. Thought it was a mini version of the super volcanic Lake Toba in Indonesia.

When we arrived, we realized it was a very picturesque crater lake of 1 km diameter, average 65m deep with no streams or springs feeding into it. The contained rain water is calm, crystal clear with lots of fauna surrounded by rain forest on the landside. The setting was quiet and tranquil.

We were entranced by the view  as we sat out in the verandah of a pre-war  built tea house overlooking  the water and surrounding rainforest. . . . . life could not be more blissful than enjoying the view and at the same time sampling the delicious freshly baked scones and legendary Devonshire tea offered by the tea house.

We boarded a boat and began the tour around the lake. There were birds sitting out on dead tree trunks fallen over to the lake, pythons basking in the sun,  ducks swimming happily, not forgetting to mention the variety of different types of trees and plants surrounding the lake. The lake exhibited a hue of vivid deep blue and it was just perfect – heavenly!

Nearby was the rain forest with tall trees ( red cedar trees, flowering umbrella trees and curtain or cathedral fig trees in the photo). Very typical of rain forest, but nevertheless eye-opening.

We then travelled on to the Paronella Park which was a dream park built by the Spaniard José Paronella in the 1930s; this was also the place where some of the Japanese animation were based. A Spanish castle and fountain were built by José near to the Mena Creek Falls. It was not difficult to imagine how gorgeous they were when the park was opened to the public in 1935. In the park, we also visited a cave with hundreds of bats hanging from the cave soffit. . . .what a sight!
It turned out that the whole trip offered a lot more than expected. . . . . another memorable trip with images infiltrated deep into our brains!

18 thoughts on “Lake Barrine, Australia

    • Hi Dave, I didn’t know that until that trip. The Paronella garden is now a bit run down and even have bats in some of the caves. While there, you can imagine what a grand and elegant garden it have been many years ago! Thanks for the comment, Michael

  1. Well, sir, you dug back into my archives, so it’s only fitting I do the same. Have always wanted to get to Australia, but just can’t pull it off yet. Good and different series of images! Thank-you for liking my posts “Botanical Synapses”, “Barbs” (that was fun and I needed something different), and “Daisies in the Rockies”. Will check in on you again soon!

    • There are still many parts of Australia I haven’t visit, would love to visit them someday. Thanks very much for perusing so many of my posts. Regards, Michael

  2. Australia, one of my favorite countries. Thank you for the trip around Lake Barrine and the story! I actually had the scone and Devonshire tea in the Tea House too! Wonderful times. I’ve travelled extensively through Australia many times, mostly by Gold Wing motorcycle and met such great folks! Such a diversity of climates and landscapes. Should you ever get a chance, check out Bunya National Park in Queensland. Fantastic flora and fauna and Bunya pines!

  3. Hello Michael, just had to see where you had travel in Australia. We were in Cairns in 2011. So beautiful and so much difference between tropical and temperate/southern foliage and climate. Also visited Paronella Park. What an historical place…did not know it existed…..a fascinating place. I, glad you had an enjoyable visit.

    • We went to Cairns and from there to Lake Barrine / Paronella Park etc where I feel great tranquility – I wouldn’t mind staying in the Lake area for several days. I am glad too that you enjoy the trip. Regards, Michael

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