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Brown Lake


Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)


Distance (kms):

0.3 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 15 mins

Elevation gain (m):

3 m

Max. elevation (m):

73 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 2)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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An extremely accessible and beautiful perched lake, with tea-tree stained waters, popular for swimming.

This heavily trafficked walk starts from the car park on Brown Lake Drive.

The walk is a very short and easy stroll across a park to the beach. There is a sandy 4WD track that circumnavigates the lake, and the walk could be extended by following this (be careful and watch out for vehicles).

Brown Lake is a perched lake that retains water due to a thick layer of leaves lining the lake floor. The brown colour of the water is due to the tannin from the leaves of the surrounding paperbark and tea-trees.

Track: There is no actual track, rather just a grassy park and then the sandy beach. While unsigned, the walk is short and easy to follow.

Difficulty: The track is a very 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 at the car park on Brown Lake Drive on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). The trail is located 10 minutes drive north-east of the Dunwich ferry terminal.

Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) is located about 50kms east of Brisbane and is accessed via ferry from Cleveland (45 minutes drive east  of Brisbane).  

A standard vehicle is sufficient for visiting the majority of Minjerribah, including this walk.

Parking is ample for how trafficked the walk is.

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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