Lake McKenzie(Boorangoora) is a pristine freshwater lake on Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia. The lake water is collected from rainwater, which is very clear and transparent. Under the sunlight, the lake surface reflects different shades of blue-green, and the soft and white sandy beach on the lakeshore amazes countless vacationers.
Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island and is also a World Heritage site. Half of the world's perched lakes are found on the island. The locals call it " K'gari," which translates to "Paradise." Fraser Island is about a 3-hour drive north of Brisbane. There are direct flights to Fraser Coast from Brisbane or Sydney. Please note that only 4WD is allowed on the island.
There are well-facilitated camping areas along the shores of Lake McKenzie. It is said that the lake water also benefits skin care because the ingredient is pure silica, which can be used to clean hair, teeth, jewelry, and even skin. You will be sure to have a peaceful time by the lake.
Introduction of the Lake McKenzie
There are many different aspects to Fraser Island, 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 and the most visited attraction on the island is Lake McKenzie. It is a 'perched' lake, which means it contains only rainwater, no groundwater, is not fed by streams and does not flow to the ocean. The sand and organic matter at the base of the lake form an impervious layer, preventing rainwater from draining away, which is how the lake stays full year-round.
The most stunning thing about the lake is the pure white sand that surrounds it. The sand is not only beautiful to look at but feels beautifully soft to walk on. The sand acts as a filter, giving the water its clarity, but it also means that the water can not support any animal life. Meanwhile, the lake water can also act as a natural exfoliant for your skin. The incredibly pure water is ideal for swimming. 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.
Lake McKenzie Size
The Lake McKenzie is 6.2 km southeast of Kingfisher Resort. It is 1,200 meters long and up to 930 meters wide, and barely 16 ft (5 m) deep at its deepest point. the lake covers an area of about 150 hectares.
|Max. length||1,200 m (3,900 ft)|
|Max. width||930 m (3,050 ft)|
|Surface area||150 ha (370 acres)|
|Average depth||5 m (16 ft)|
The subtropical climate of Fraser Island means that the weather will always be consistently warm with the average temperature sitting in the low 20's. Spring (March to May is a wonderful time to visit for the most consistent temperature, as there is little rain. As like all parts of Australian, the weather can be unpredictable throughout the year and being in a tropical climate, the autumn is the wet season and often has unexpectable rainfalls. Winter is perhaps the most exciting season of the year because the whales continue on their annual migration from Antarctica.
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. There are plenty of places for camping on Fraser Island, giving you the chance to see Lake McKenzie early in the morning and late in the evening. Everything you want while camping is within walking distance, including toilets, showers, picnic tables, and even a private campfire space. The blues and greens of the lake are endlessly fascinating and it is well worth getting up early to look across it in the soft light.