Welcome to Lake Boomanjin
Lake Boomanjin on Fraser island is famous for it’s size and it’s red hue. We can assure you there is nothing sinister in the water. It’s simply created by the ‘tea tree’ tannin on the lake bottom. The water itself is crystal clear.
Set up your camp and stay beside the worlds largest perched lake. Spend the day swimming and enjoying the fenced day use area to have a picnic or camp overnight in the allocated camp ground.
How Do I Get To Lake Boomanjin?
You can access Fraser Islands Lake Boomanjin by 4WD vehicle one of two ways:
1. From Inskip Point to Lake Boomanjin
Hop on the Mantaray Barge from Inskip Point over to Hook Point on Fraser Island.( approx. 15 minutes). Then travel north along 75 Mile Beach until you reach the Dilli Village Exit. This road is known as Dillinghams road.
From this point you will travel inland on the Great Southern Lake Circuit that passes through the Dilli village camp ground then onto the Lake.
The drive from the beach access point to the lake is approx. 11 Km (allow 40 minutes travel time)
How to get to the lake shore at Lake Boomanjin?
2. From River Heads to Lake Boomanjin
Hop on the barge at River heads and travel across to the Wanggoolba Creek landing point on Fraser Island. (Approx 45 minutes on barge) From this point you will make your way to Central Station.
From here you can follow the signs that take you directly to both Lake Birrabeen and then onto lake Boomanjin. Allow 3 hours travel time direct route from Wanggoolba creek to lake Boomanjin.
Once you arrive at the car parking area you will see a designated fenced area. This is the day use and camping ground. To get to the actual lake you will need to follow the signs and walk down into the lake area.
This walk is about 100 meters until the waters edge.
Interesting Facts About Lake Boomanjin
Lake Boomanjin shimmering in the light
- It is the largest perched lake in the world
- It covers an area of 200hectares
- It is a freshwater ‘tea tree’ lake
- It is 5 meters deep in the centre and has shallow edges
- The water can appear murky from the tannin staining but it is clean and fresh
- You can swim in the lake
What Is A Perched Lake?
A Perched lakes is formed when decomposed organic matter such as leaves, bark and dead plants along with sand, forms impermeable layer that traps the water above sea level.
The water may appear murky from the tannins of the decomposing tree matter but in fact it is naturally purified and clean.
What Facilities Are At Lake Boomanjin?
The Lake has a fenced day use area that is also the designated camping zone. You can picnic on the waters edge however it is nice to be under the shade of some huge trees and have the comfort of a nice timber picnic table.
The Toilets are Unisex and located just behind the car parking area. They are clean and flushable.
Lake Boomanjin has a fenced camping area
Day Use and Camping Area
This area is fenced for public safety from the Dingoes as well as protection for the surrounding bushland. Authorities of the island do not want campers setting up a tent anywhere around the lake and disturbing the natural vegetation.
You must set up your tent in the designated area and park your vehicle in the allocated parking zone outside of the fenced area.
The fenced area has access to picnic tables and untreated tap water. You can drink the water however authorities warn that you do not in case a person becomes sick and a lawsuit is filed.
There is also a bench and sink for community use to wash dishes and utensils.
Lake Boomanjin and the scene inside the dingo fence
The toilets are located behind the car parking area. They are flushable however they are Unisex. There is also a sink for hand washing. It is a good idea to always carry hand sanitiser.
There are no shower facilities but the tap water may be used if you have shower provisions in your camping kit.
Kitchen facilities at Lake Boomanjin
Dingo Safe Fenced Area
The fenced area is walk in only so it does not allow for camper trailers or caravans. Tent or swag camping only.
No Fires Allowed
Lighting a fire is also not permitted so cooking the marshmallows will need to wait until you are in a managed camp ground that has fire rings.
This site does not have fire rings so fires are strictly prohibited. Signs clearly display this warning.
A scenic view of Lake Boomanjin
Can You Swim In Lake Boomanjin?
YES – The lake is a beautiful spot to have a swim. The edges are shallow and consistent depth for about 20 meters but as you swim out farther its gets deeper. It is refreshingly cool in summer but freezing in winter.
Remember that you can swim in the lake but do not wash or bathe in the water. The lake has a very delicate ecosystem and shampoos and detergents are harmful.
Why Is Lake Bommanjin Red?
The lake has a reddish brown colour due to the tannins from decomposing matter like leaves and bark from the surrounding bush that stain the water.
However the water is fresh and clean even if it looks a bit murky. There is nothing sinister lurking in the lake and a great spot for the kids to take a swim.
A lovely spot at Lake Boomanjin
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