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Lake McKenzie (Boorangoora)

One of the most beautiful freshwater lakes in Australia


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The water in this lake is so blue and pure that's it's impossible to resist the temptation to dive in. Lake McKenzie, also called Boorangoora, is a perched lake located on Fraser Island in Queensland. The perched lake sits well above the water table and is thus comprised mainly of rainwater. Lake McKenzie is located 100 meters above sea level in the Great Sandy National Park. The sands around the lake consist of white silica, and the water in the lake is so pure with high levels of acidity, that it becomes unsuitable for many water species.

Lake McKenzie is 1,200 m long and 930 m wide. It covers approximately 150 ha. In 1944 during World War II several training camps for soldiers were established at the lake. It also served as the finish line of the competition series The Amazing Race Australia 2.

Although the lake is accessible all year, the best period to visit is from April to October, that's when it's not too hot or rainy. Fraser Island can be easily reached by ferry. When you get to the lake, pay attention to the famous heart-shaped tree. And remember: sunscreen, soaps, and lotions are the only things that degrade the pristine blue lake.

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