Wild swimming in the blues and greens of Lake McKenzie

Nestled on Fraser Island, Lake McKenzie is one of the most visited natural wonders in Australia. Its vibrant blue-green hues make it an inviting prospect for any holidaymakers who are hoping to take a break from adrenaline-pumping adventure travel to recharge their batteries in the lovely waters and enjoy the surroundings. If you’re visiting Fraser Island, it’s a shame to miss out on a wild swimming adventure to reinvigorate yourself at beautiful Lake McKenzie.


What’s so spectacular about Lake McKenzie?


Lake McKenzie is not like other lakes. It is a perched lake, which is not connected to rivers or tributaries. Instead, it is filled solely by rainwater. At the bottom, a layer of impervious sand forms a barrier, which prevents the rainwater from draining away, and ensures the lake remains full and ready for swimming adventures at all times. Lake McKenzie is spectacularly beautiful to behold, especially at dawn and dusk. The tranquil, rippling water is incredibly alluring, and you can swim at most times of the year.

The crystal clear azure waters of Lake McKenzie have made it one of Oz’s most popular wild swimming spots. On a warm day, this is the perfect location to cool off, and take in the views.

After a swim, put your towel down, grab a good book and soak up the sun. The powdery white beaches that surround the lake are made from silica sand, which is beautifully soft on your toes.


Planning your visit


If you’re planning a trip to Lake McKenzie, you’ll need to catch a ferry over to Fraser Island from River Heads or Inskip Point. The crossing from River Heads will take you to a car park just a few minutes’ walk from Lake McKenzie. If you travel from Inskip Point, you’ll arrive at a spot around 5-6km from the lake. If you plan to drive on Fraser Island, you’ll need a vehicle permit, so make sure you have this sorted in advance. Four-wheel-drive adventures are synonymous with Fraser Island, so don’t miss the opportunity to scale the dunes and enjoy a drive on the wild side.

Lake McKenzie boasts a very fragile ecosystem, so it is recommended that you don’t wear sunscreen or cosmetics when swimming.


Are you hoping to travel to Fraser Island while you’re Down Under? If so, take a couple of days to visit and dip your toes in the wonder that is Lake McKenzie. You won’t regret it!