Wallicher Falls in Wooroonooran National Park, Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, Australia Wallicher Falls, Wooroonooran National Park – Image courtesy of www.campervanfinder.com.au

Wooroonooran National Park

Discover the scenic beauty of Wooroonooran National Park. Encompassing an area of 798km² (308mi²), the park covers most of Bellenden Ker Range and includes Queensland's two highest mountains, Mount Bartle Frere and Mount Bellenden Ker.

Josephine Falls, Wooroonooran National Park, Queensland

The park offers numerous opportunities for hiking, canoeing, and mountain biking in the Goldsborough Valley, while Josephine Falls (photo) features a cascading waterfall and the beginning of the trail up Queensland’s highest peak – Bartle Frere.

The park has two sections: the Palmerston and the Josephine sections. Both the North and South branches of the Johnstone River flow through the Palmerston section.

Palmerston is renowned for beautiful rainforest, wild rivers, steep gorges, cascading waterfalls and the Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway.

Walshs Pyramid at 922m (3024ft) in height, is located just south of Gordonvale and is one of the highest free-standing natural pyramids in the world.

Discover crystal-clear babbling brooks with calm swimming pools, forested vistas from atop easily scalable summits and cascading waterfalls while bushwalking trails in Wooroonooran National Park.

Choose from several trails to explore this World Heritage listed site, one of the most densely forested areas in Australia and home to more than 500 different tree species.

Follow 600m-long trails for an easy 30-minute walk to Josephine Falls or try the more challenging Bartle Frere trail through lowland tropical rainforest to Mt. Bartle Frere, at 1,611m (5321ft), the highest point in Queensland.

Along the way, look out for platypus, turtles, and possums after dark at Henrietta Creek campground.

Mount Bartle Frere, Atherton Tablelands, Queensland

Mount Bartle Frere trail – Climb to the summit of Mount Bartle Frere, 1622m (5321ft) above sea level.

This challenging hike in Wooroonooran National Park leads to the summit of Queensland’s highest peak, with panoramic views on a clear day.

Mount Bellenden Ker sits at 1593m (5226ft) above sea level and stands adjacent to Mount Bartle Frere. You can also explore this mountain and visit Josephine Falls and the several cascading rivers that descend the mountain.

Along the way, follow trails through the rainforest of the Bellenden Ker Range. The eastern end of the trail can be accessed at Josephine Falls, around 75km (46mi) south of Cairns. The western end of trail is 35km (21mi) from Atherton.

Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway, Wooroonooran National Park, Queensland

Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway – Take a stroll through the rainforest canopy on the Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway, which offers views of the North Johnstone River gorge and the mountain peaks of the Wet Tropics World Heritage area.

This 350m (1149ft) long elevated walkway sits around 15m above the ground and provides a 37m (120ft) high observation tower and more than 1.2km of walking tracks through the rainforest canopy.

The cantilever provides outstanding views overlooking the North Johnstone river gorge, while the observation tower emerges high above the canopy, offering sweeping views over a pristine rainforest-clad mountainous landscape.

Allow 45 minutes to stroll the walkway, which traces the path Cyclone Larry tore through the park in March 2006. Signs explain the area's history and provide fascinating information about the plants, insects, and birds to look out for.

The Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway is located within Wooroonooran National Park, around 28km (17mi) west of Innisfail.

Goldfield trail at Babinda Bolders, Atherton Tablelands, Queensland

Goldfield trail – This 19km (11mi) historic trail winds through the lush, heritage-listed rainforest of Wooroonooran National Park.

The trail crosses numerous scenic crystal-clear creeks fringed with moss-covered boulders and emerald-green tree ferns. The walk takes you over a low saddle between Bartle Frere and Bellenden Ker – Queensland’s two highest peaks.

The Goldfields trail starts near Babinda Boulders and ends at Kearney’s Falls, 800m from Goldsborough Valley Campground. The walk can also be done in reverse, starting from Goldsborough Valley Campground, but the Babinda end is regarded as the most scenic.

The entire length of the Goldfields Track should only be tackled by people with a high fitness level, and can be undertaken as a return walk by following the same route back.

The Goldfields Trail sits between Babinda and Goldsborough Valley. The north-west section of the trail is located around 23km (15mi) south of Cairns.

The Goldsborough Valley Campground is around 55km (34mi) east of Yungaburra.

Contact Information

Wooroonooran National Park extends south of Gordonvale on the Palmerston Highway near Innisfail; Gordonvale is around 27km (16mi) south of Cairns on the eastern Tablelands.

The Atherton Tablelands plateau offers a diverse landscape of lush mountains, green valleys, sparkling lakes and streams, tumbling waterfalls, grassy savannah, endless plains and pockets of ancient rainforest.

Camping is permitted in a campground along Henrietta Creek. Bush camping is allowed along the Mount Bartle Frere Trail but no facilities are provided. Permits are required.

Location: Wooroonooran National Park is located on the Palmerston Highway, around 75km (46mi) south of Cairns, and 23km (14km) west of Inisfail.
Phone: 07/4064-5294
Admission: Free; Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walk A$20
Hours: Daily 9.30am-5.30pm, last entry 4.30pm
Website: www.epa.qld.gov.au/mamu

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Latest update: Wooroonooran National Park: 19 January, 2021

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