Freshwater Lake, established in 1975 to celebrate the Cairns City Council centenary, was created from a three hectare freshwater swamp that originally existed on the site. The lake is decorated by a patchwork of water-lilies (Nymphaea sp.) that provides shelter for several species of frogs, fish and turtles.
A swampy, safe haven, the lake is also home to many bird species and, depending on the season, visitors can expect to see magpie geese, black ducks, black-necked storks and cormorants.
The Freshwater Lake is an ideal place for a family outing with sheltered picnic sites, free BBQ's, a children's playground and public toilets.
The Freshwater Lake can be accessed by road from Greenslopes Street or by foot along the Rainforest Boardwalk.