Lake Eacham

Location: Cairns
State: QLD
Diver Qualification: Advanced
Average Depth: 10mtrs
Max Depth: 60mtrs
Average Visibility: 15mtrs
Access Type: SHORE
Directions: Lake Eacham is located on the Atherton Tablelands.

Proceed South along the Bruce Highway from Cairns. At Innisfail, turn right and follow the Palmerston Highway for about 45 minutes, turn off at the sign to Lake Eacham. Park in the lower car park. The entry and exit can performed from in front of the car park.
Description: Lake Eacham is a volcanic lake created during violent eruptions over 12000 years ago. This lake is used for all kinds of water activities such as swimming and canoeing. This is a freshwater environment so go easy on the weights. This dive site is approximately 720m above seal level, so altitude diving procedures need to be followed. Do not dive this site if you are not trained in altitude diving.

The only life in this lake are yabbies, which skip across the bottom, and some small turtles. What you get out of this dive is a very unique experience. The cool fresh water, the stillness of the environment, and the dead branches sticking out of the bottom make for a very surreal dive.

The bottom composition is fine silt so care should be taken not to disturb it, otherwise visibility drops dramatically.

As you dive deeper you will notice very dramatic thermoclines. The yabbies will only appear in the top warmer layer. Further below the thermocline there is not much to see. I would recommend staying in the shallows.

Care needs to be taken on the depth as the floor is quite steep and you can easily find yourself in very deep water. Do not dive beyond your depth training.

When diving here, always let someone know where you are going, an expected return time, and who to call if you are late.