8 great paddle trails
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- Lake Tinaroo
Lake Tinaroo is heaven for the Cairns water sports enthusiast. It’s croc free, stinger free, three quarters the size of Sydney Harbour, and only one and a half hour’s drive from the centre of town.
- Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham
Barrine and Eacham aren’t the biggest lakes in the world but what they lack in size they make up for in character. These rain filled volcanic craters are twin treats of the tropical tablelands and an absolute must for any visiting paddler.
- Innot Hot Springs
Why should you paddle the Herbert River at Innot Hot Springs? A day on the water is great, but a day on the water followed by a long soak in the wonderfully relaxing mineral waters of a hot spring is undeniably better.
- Lake Koombooloomba
The big water of the Tully River that crashes through rainforest near Ravenshoe is a white water thrill seeker’s dream come true, but they aren’t the only ones to benefit. A dam built to harness the river’s power also created this flat water paddling surprise.
- Lake Paluma
What’s both tropical and refreshing? No, it’s not a Pine Lime Splice. It’s Lake Paluma, high in the landscape between Townsville and Ingham. At 900 metres above sea level, it’s a cool alternative to the coast.
- Lake Julius
Lake Julius is a rare outback oasis in a vast expanse of brown spinifex sprinkled with low growing eucalypts and red rock formations. Lush green paperbarks and palm trees mingle at the water’s edge, and colourful lilies bring glassy inlets to life.
- Lake Moondarra
New arrivals in Mount Isa are greeted by a billboard that says “Welcome to The Isa. Now you are a true Australian.” Given that fact, it undoubtedly follows that you have to paddle here before you can be given the honour of being a true Australian paddler.
- Lake Mary Kathleen
Access to Lake Mary Kathleen is via a non-signposted dirt track that disappears behind a chained gate. It isn’t easy to find but perseverance is rewarded handsomely with quiet seclusion and a delightful assortment of outback wildlife.