Things to do at Lake McKenzie

Heritage-listed Fraser Island is a sight to behold. As well as stunning white-sand beaches characterised by unique sand dunes and colourful Aboriginal history, it is home to over 100 unique freshwater lakes. The most popular of these (and the most visited attraction on the island) is Lake McKenzie.

This so-called “perched” lake sits well above the water level, which means it only holds rainwater. The thick layer of sand and built-up organic matter at the bottom of the lake prevents any rainwater from draining away which is how the lake stays full year-round.

Perhaps the most stunning thing about the lake is the pure white sand that surrounds it. Not only is it incredibly beautiful to look at, but its unusually soft, too. This acts as a kind of filter that ensures the water is crystal clear, but it also means that, because the water is so pure, it can’t support any animal life.

To see the lake at its best, visit just as the sun is coming up or going down, as the low light really brings out the blues and greens of the water.

Things to Do at Lake McKenzie

1. Go Camping

There are plenty of places to camp out on Fraser Island, giving you the chance to see Lake McKenzie early in the morning and late in the evening. Grab a spot at Lake McKenzie itself, where you can marvel at the unique natural wonder under the canopy of Australia’s night sky.

2. Go Swimming

Lake McKenzie’s incredibly pure waters are ideal for swimming in. Not only are there no creatures to dodge, but the soft sand underfoot makes it an incredibly peaceful experience – and works wonders on the skin. Be sure to avoid wearing sunscreen, soap, or oils when swimming in Lake McKenzie, as these are considered to be pollutants to the pure water.

3. Have a Picnic

Fraser Island boasts a backdrop of pristine sands and stunning lakes, providing the perfect place to enjoy a picnic with all the family. Around Lake McKenzie, there are numerous picnic tables for you to try out so you can enjoy a hearty meal set against the surreal beauty of the water.

Lake McKenzie really does look like it has just stepped out of a novel. The white sand and the vivid blue water bathe the surroundings in serenity, but taking a swim and exploring the surrounding region should be high on your to-do list, too.