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Lake McKenzie
Fraser Island, Queensland's Sunshine Coast


 
The tranquil azure blue waters of Lake McKenzie lend this swimming hole a striking beauty, not only to look at, but to embrace wholeheartedly with a dip under the midday sun. The island is actually one giant sand dune, apparently the largest island of its kind in the world. Swimming at Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island Above: Lake McKenzie (Source: By Sensenmann - Own work, Public Domain, Link)

The lake is perched on top of the dune and as a result has a bed of fine white sand that cushions the feet. If you are normally afraid of creepy crawlies in the water, have no fear at Lake McKenzie The lake is slightly acidic, and whilst it is safe to swim in, almost nothing lives in the water which makes it some of the cleanest water in the world. The guide on my tour group suggested that the water is particularly good for polishing jewellery because of its unique chemical properties.
There are over 100 lakes on the island. Lake McKenzie is the best for swimming, but you can also try Lake Boomanjin, Lake Wabby, Eli Creek or Lake Allom if you have more time. Look out for the native dingo population, which is one of the purest in the country.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Location: Fraser Island, roughly 300 km north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast
Latitude:-25.444437 Longitude:153.052135
Getting there: If you have your own 4WD take a barge from Inskip Point or River Heads. A popular travel option is to take a guided tour on a 4WD bus, which you can organise from anywhere along the Sunshine Coast. You can also fly from Hervey Bay or Maroochydore
Facilities: Public toilet, bbqs, camp sites
Entrance fee: Entry to Lake McKenzie is free, but there are fees charged by the Parks and Wildlife Service to enter Fraser Island.
Water temperature: Cool
Water clarity: Clear
Under foot: Sand
Maximum water depth: Greater than 2 metres
Minimum swimming proficiency required: Beginners
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog: No dogs
Sun shade: Very limited natural shade and some constructed shelters. Bring a beach umbrella.
Opening times: Always open. You need a permit to camp on the island or to bring a private vehicle (4WD) onto the island.
Wheelchair access: Accessible toilets at the lake
Accommodation Options: There are 45 campgrounds on Fraser Island, which you can book for a fee through the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Camping is very popular on the island, so it is strongly suggested that you book well in advance. If you don't want to camp on the island, you can try accommodation in nearby Hervey Bay, which is the main ferry terminal for reaching the island.
Managing authority: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Nearby attractions: The rest of the island, including the thrill of driving on the surf beach.
Before you head out, make sure to read the swimming safety information.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the approximate location of the beach that I visited.
Change of Conditions:
I am not currently aware of any change of conditions reported at this site by the managing authority, or by swimmers on this website. If you are visiting this swimming spot and have any further updates on any change of conditions, let me know via the comment form below.
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