The Tea Tree Oils of Lake McKenzie

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 02/23/2018

Reading time: 3 mins

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Fraser Island is mysterious and unique, with plenty of magical elements that make it feel like another dimension entirely – think world-heritage listed forests, tea-tree infused lakes that languish inky black and rusty red against the vibrant green of ancient trees. There’s something for everyone here, especially if you’re looking to indulge in some soul-soothing. Picture endless sand unfolding out to the horizon and back. This is Fraser Island, an island made entirely of sand that needs a four-wheel-drive to get across. There are no roads here, just beaches and dirt tracks, as well as plenty of native animal and plant species. In the waters surrounding the island, sharks, rays, whales, and dolphins frolic in the waves, while other animals hang out on the undulating sand dunes. Within this wondrous island is a number of stunning swimming spots, with Lake McKenzie being by far the best! Check out why this lake should be your number one attraction when visiting Fraser Island!

About Lake McKenzie

One of the most popular attractions on the island is Lake McKenzie, a perched lake that can be found 6.2km southeast of the vibrant Kingfisher Resort. The lake itself spans 1,200 metres in length and more than 930 metres wide.

The lake is particularly unique because the sands that flank it are made up of pure, white silica, while the lake is so incredibly pure that it isn’t suitable for many of the island’s inhabitants. It is known as a perched lake because it only contains rainwater and no groundwater, and it is neither fed by streams nor flows into the ocean, making it a non-moving body of water. The lack of movement means it is impossibly clear.

But there’s a hidden depth to Lake McKenzie, and that’s its secret stock of tea tree. The trees framing the lake are predominantly tea tree and, as the leaves drop into the water, which leds to the leaves to release their natural oil into the water. The Tea tree plant’s oil has a range of healing properties,  said to be a magical cure for a lot of body issues. It is an immune system booster and encourages blood circulation, helping with aches, pains, and blemishes on the skin. Due to this oil being infused in the water, folks can step into the oily water and find themselves free from any aches and pains once they emerge prunny and relaxed. The oil isn’t just the only spa treatment you can get, as you can also exfoliate your skins from the fine, white sand covering the area, leaving baby smooth skin from this natural pool.

The best part about Lake McKenzie is that even though it’s one of Fraser Island’s most popular landmarks, it also remains pretty isolated, particularly if you visit at dusk or dawn. This means you can clearly hear the birds singing while soaking up the magical beauty of the place and indulging in some curative properties.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.