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Boorangoora (Lake Makenzie)

Fraser Coast

Great Sandy National Park (K'gari - Fraser Island)


Distance (kms):

0.8 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 30 mins

Elevation gain (m):

14 m

Max. elevation (m):

104 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 3)

Route type:





4WD Required

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A short and easy walk to a truly spectacular turquoise lake, with white sands and crystal clear water – a K’gari must-do.

This heavily trafficked walk starts at the carpark on Lake McKenzie Road.

The walk is an easy stroll along a graded track, down some steps through bushland to the iconic lake.

Referred to as Boorangoora – meaning ‘waters of wisdom’ – by the traditional owners of the land, the lake is arguably the most famous landmark on K’gari, and for good reason.

The ‘perched’ lake contains only rainwater (no streams or natural springs) and the naturally high acidity levels make it virtually impossible for plant life or fish to be sustained.

The pure, white silica (similar to that on Whitehaven Beach) is soft and cool to walk on.

The lake is a popular location for tour groups, however there is ample shoreline to spread out.

Track: Graded and well-signed, the track is easy to follow.

Difficulty: The track is an easy stroll and is suitable for all fitness levels.

Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way you came.

getting there

The trail starts from the carpark on Lake McKenzie Road on K’gari (Fraser Island). The trail is located 30 minutes drive northwest of Eurong via an inland track. 

K’gari (Fraser Island) is located 300kms north of Brisbane and is accessed via ferry from either Rainbow Beach or Hervey Bay. 

A high-clearance 4WD is required to visit and get around the island if not going with a tour.

Parking is ample.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round.

Always check the Queensland Parks website for updates on track closures.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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