Brown Lake, North Stradbroke Island

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Brown Lake (Bummeria) is a perched lake on North Stradbroke Island, in South-East Queensland, Australia. The ecosystem is an example of a coastal non-floodplain sand lake and is characterised by acidic water, nutrient-poor and sandy soil, shrub-like vegetation and wet heathland.
Brown Lake is of geographical significance, possessing ecological value. The geomorphology of the ecosystem is representative of the unique parabolic dune ridge systems that formed during the Pleistocene epoch. As a perched lake, the hydrological operations of Brown Lake are highly diverse and complex.
The lake is also of cultural significance to the Aboriginal population of North Stradbroke Island, the Quandamooka people, as they possess a spiritual and physical relationship with the ecosystem. The indigenous population care for and protect the landscape, sharing traditional environmental management knowledge.
Brown Lake’s cultural heritage and ecological value, along with the environmental damage associated with tourism, has led to increased conservation. The Queensland Government and the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) have proposed an improved environmental management plan, combining traditional and contemporary management practices.
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  • This place is truly mesmerising..again the energy here is tip-top..very beautifully looked after and cared for by the Quandamooka land custodians... this for me was another listening experience... I.....  more »
  • Lovely spot for a soak. Can drive all the way to the lake. Has a toilet and plenty of picnic tables. Worth a drive and look  more »
  • A nice picnic spot, although we just stopped for a few minutes for a look around. I expect it would be a good swimming spot on hot day.  more »
  • Brown and refreshing- what are the odds?
  • Not Brown at all but a beautiful view and free pedicures from the little fish that nibble at your feet.Great picnic spot for families too.
  • Magical spot. I'll be back for sure.
  • Very nice area to spend quiet time away from waves and sea salt. The lake is fresh water, dont let the brown colour of the water turn you off as it is that colour from the melucca tree. Great for families who have little ones, toilets available, and tables to have your picnic. Drive from Dunwich , signs for directions are well done. Busy in summer but you will always find a spot. Parking not fantastic as people park a sc they wish . But its holiday tim ed si just go with the flow. I didnt swim this wi yer but do normally swim in spring / summer
  • Wonderful place to swim. Easy to park.

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