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Wonderful Cruise around the Lake

It was amazing to realize that the boat was skippered by the owner of the teahouse and boats. His... read more

Reviewed 9 December 2019
CathyDArizona
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Mission, Texas
via mobile
Very informative and lots of birds

This was our second visit here, both times on a shore day off a cruise ship. Last time we missed... read more

Reviewed 2 December 2019
AussiePD
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Alexandra Hills, Australia
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Reviewed 1 May 2015 via mobile

Just one minute off the busy Gillies highway, you can find peace and tranquility at Lake Barrine.
The 45 minute cruise around the lake is interesting and informative, with a touch of humour from the knowledgeable guide who loves to answer questions.
Delicious lunches, snacks and Devonshire teas in the tea house overlooking the lake make this a perfect spot to drop in anytime (although they do close for a couple of days during the week so check their website for opening and sailing times.).

Date of experience: April 2015
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Reviewed 5 February 2015

Our family of 4 (2 adults, an 11 yo and a 1 yo) visited here on a Monday in January. I read somewhere that the 9.30am cruise was highly recommended so we took that advice and had a lovely time. It was quite humid when we visited but the windows on the boat were opened so we could enjoy the breeze and fresh air. Our driver was fantastic and made sure we saw ducks galore, eels, an amethystine python and lots of birds. The lake itself is huge and very beautiful - I took lots of lovely photos. The cruise cost $40 for our family.

Afterwards, we had devonshire tea on the verandah of the teahouse. It was very relaxing just looking out at the beautiful, serene lake. The tea was around $8 which included 1.5 scones, jam & cream and a pot of tea which could be topped up. The scones were lovely and light. We had a lovely time and I would highly recommend this experience!

Date of experience: January 2015
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Reviewed 22 October 2014

We did the cruise many years ago so missed it this time but just the same we bought a (bottomless) cup of NQ filtered coffee with scones and jam & cream. Very nice and not expensive at all. Sitting on the verandah overlooking the volcanic crater lake we just didn't want to go home. Please don't miss this 'must-do'.

Date of experience: October 2014
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Reviewed 6 October 2014

Lovely spot to visit, relax and take a little cruise around the lake. The cruise was nice as a change of pace and not to expensive, the guide needs to brush up a bit on the knowledge and presentation skill but not too bad. We ordered lunch prior to going on the boat and were assured it would b ready on our return, it was not which in itself wasnt to bad, but then only half our meals arrived after a longish wait, and we had to ask for the others and the wait by the time the rest arrived the others were finished, the meals were ok quality. A lot of potential in this place but the service needs to improve to really take advantages of the location. Still a good relaxing stop if travelling on the road, or if you need a down day breaking for more active pursuits.

Date of experience: October 2014
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

We visited Lake Barrine and went on the 11.30am river cruise, it you appreciate nature and enjoy the simple things in life you must try it. Joy was our boat "driver" and made the hour cruise very enjoyable, we got to see Amethystine Pythons, Eels, turtles and various birds. The Lake is so peaceful,you can sit back, relax, and really unwind. After the cruise we went into the Tea House and had Devonshire Tea, the Scones with Jam and Cream were delicious. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: August 2014
Thank CorkeSydney
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