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  • Address: Great Sandy National Park
Awe-inspiring Lake McKenzie is possibly one of the world’s most beautiful lakes. It is also one of the world’s least polluted and a swim in the crystal-clear freshwater will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

The lake is a “perched lake,” meaning it sits atop a sand dune where the sand and humus underneath have bonded into a concrete-like base. The lake isn't connected to streams or the ocean, which means all the water is pure rainwater. The sand also acts as a filter keeping the water clear, and makes for an amazing experience when relaxing in the lake.

Fraser Island is home to forty of the world’s eighty perched lakes, and like the many other freshwater lakes on the island, Lake McKenzie relies solely on rain for replenishment.

The sand surrounding the lake is pure silica so you can wash your hair with it or exfoliate your skin, perfect if you’ve been camping for days. There are a lot of delightful picnic areas and stunning beaches around the lake, which makes it perfect for an afternoon trip or a multiple day excursion.

Practical Info

The lake is only accessible by 4WD or as part of a tour. If you’re going it alone it is an easier drive from the River Head ferry terminal.

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Fraser Island 4WD Tour from Hervey Bay

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Spend an incredible day exploring the natural beauty of Fraser Island, seeing highlights such as Central Station, Wanggoolba Creek, Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, ...  Read more

Location: Fraser Island, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $152.82

2-Day Fraser Island Tour from Hervey Bay

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Soak up the incredible natural beauty of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. You’ll walk scenic trails at Central Station, Wanggoolba Creek, Pile Valley, and ...  Read more

Location: Fraser Island, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $291.31

2-Day Fraser Island 4WD Tour from Noosa or Rainbow Beach

Discover the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, on a two-day tour by 4WD from Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, or from ...  Read more

Location: Noosa, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $319.97

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