Lake Allom Picnic Area and lake
If you’re looking for an unforgettable natural experience, a trip to Fraser Island is a must. The island is teeming with wildlife and stunning landscapes.
There’s something for everyone on Fraser Island, from bushwalking and camping to swimming and fishing.
One very special place to visit is Lake Allom. Lake Allom is a freshwater perched lake located in the middle of the island.
It’s one of the lesser-known Fraser lakes, with fewer people coming over. The plus side is, it’s going to be less crowded than other lakes on Fraser island, such as Lake McKenzie.
Lake Allom peering through the reeds
The lake is surrounded by lush rainforests, making it a beautiful spot to relax and take in the scenery. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some of the island’s wildlife while you’re there.
Especially the turtles (Emydura Krefftii) that greet you at the entrance of the lake. The minute you walk down the steps, these little heads pop out of the water to see you.
They are adorable and come right up to the platform. You can sit on the stairs and watch the turtles swimming around right in front of you.
Just remember not to feed them and other local animals.
The turtles that greet you at the lake shore
How To Get To Lake Allom?
Lake Allom is easily accessible via a two-way track on the eastern side of Fraser Island.
The track into the lake is at the Woralie Road entry point on 75-mile beach, located between the Maheno shipwreck and the Pinnacles.
It’s a very soft and boggy track so watch your tyre pressure and lock your hubs if you have an older 4X4.
The drive up Woralie Road takes about 30 minutes (8.3km from the entrance) and you will see the turnoff into the lake parking area.
Along the route, you’ll discover several places to stop and visit along the way to this lake.
What You Can Do At Lake Allom
There are plenty of things to do at lake Allom, including the several walking tracks in the area. So you can explore the stunning scenery at your own pace and take in all the lake has to offer.
Take a walk through the lush rainforest full of giant kauri and hoop pines. The size and the age of these trees are truly breathtaking.
There is also a picnic area nestled in this northern forest. The picnic area is not by the lake, so that was a bit disappointing in that respect.
Have some lunch there and then take the easy stroll along the Lake Allom walking circuit. There are plenty of photo opportunities, you won’t be disappointed.
Swimming is permitted in the lake, however, most people aren’t too keen as the water has a murky colour. This is due to the tannin that enters the water from the surrounding vegetation.
Sadly you can no longer camp in this area, and it has been converted to day-use only. Years ago there used to be a nice and quiet ‘bush camp’ – however like most lakes nowadays, camping has been closed off.
Diagram of how Lake Allom was formed
How Was Lake Allom Formed?
Lake Allom is considered a perched lake, where the water is held in place by a layer of peat lining the bottom of the lake. The dense vegetation creates a waterproof lining that allows the rainwater to build up over time that would otherwise filter through the sand.
The lake is situated atop a large dune that ascends to approximately 200 meters above sea level.
Considered to be one of the only rainforested lakes on the island, meaning it is surrounded by thick rainforest.
While the surrounding forest is diverse, the lake water is too pure and nutrient-free to become home to a diverse range of water life.
Gallery of photos of lake Allom
The lake has historically been named in honour of Noel Allom, a forestry surveyor who lived at the turn of the century.
His daughter “Billie’ played an important role in conservation and is largely responsible for why the lake is so well-preserved.
Currently, it has been designated an important component of the world heritage site list on Fraser Island.
Lake Allom Rainforest Walking Track
Whether you’re looking for an adventure or a relaxing getaway, Fraser Island is sure to not disappoint.
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