Park in north Queensland covers the whole
area inland of Bruce Highway between Innisfail in south and Gordonvale
in north, and contains Queensland’s highest mountain
It is not as popular with travellers as is the Daintree
National Park north of Cairns,
but its rainforests are at least as good, with many rare rainforest
plants and animals, some great camping, lakes, waterfalls and secret
swimming holes. Here is some information about the park, and in the end
of the page is a map of Wooroonooran national park.
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Rainforest Plants and Animals
There are some classic rainforest
animals in the park.
Water animals include platypus
and freshwater turtles.
On the forest ground and
in the trees are possums,
bandicoots. On the ground you can also see cassowaries
and bush turkeys that
build huge nests, and in the trees you can see fig parrots,
fruit doves and spotted
plants include tall
trees that form the rainforest canopy, strangler figs, trees with
buttress roots, rainforest ferns
and fern trees, rainforest palms,
vines and epiphytes that use
different strategies to get up to the light. The forest ground is dark
and not many plants can grow there. Beware that many rainforest plants
are poisonous or stingy so do not taste them and try to not to even
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Palmerston Section of Wooroonooran National Park
There are different sections in this national park. Palmerston section
is the southernmost one, reached from the Palmerston Highway. Driving
from Innisfail, there is first a short track that goes to North
Johnstone River and Crawfords Lookout.
inland along the highway
is a short track to Tchupala Falls, and a longer bushwalk past
Wallicher Falls, Goologans picnic area, Henrietta Creek
Campground and Nandroya and Silver Creek Falls. At the Henrietta Creek
there is also a campground.
At Mamu Canopy Walkway, about 30km from Innisfail, you can watch the
rainforest canopy and enjoy a nice view from the Canopy Tower.
Josephine Falls Section of the Wooroonooran National Park
Further north is the Josephine Falls and Bartle Frere section of the
park. There is a turnoff from Bruce Highway to Josephine Falls, where
you have a short walking track to the falls and to a lookout. In the
parking area there is a ranger station, picnic tables and toilets, but
there is no camping area at the Josephine Falls.
Mount Bartle Frere Walk
Here is also the start of the long bushwalk to the Mount Bartle Frere
(1622m), the highest mountain in Queensland.
You have to be fit and
well prepared to do that walk, as it’s a steep climb and there are no
facilities so you have to carry your food and water with you. There are
camping grounds at Broken Nose, Eastern Summit, The Summit and the
Junction. There are a few different options to do that walk, but it’s
hard to fit it into one day. You can either walk until the Broken Nose
and back, it’s 10km return (8hours). If you walk to the summit of the
Bartle Frere, it’s 15km return and takes 2 days. Or, you can walk all
the way from Josephine Falls to Atherton Tablelands on the other
side, it’s 15km one way and takes two days. If you have someone to pick
you up on the other side, you don’t have to walk the same way back
Goldsborough Section of Wooroonooran National Park
The third, northernmost section of the park is accessible from Babinda,
where there is a turnoff to Babinda Boulders Road. Babinda
Boulders is a beautiful rainforest waterhole,
but take care as the rocks are slippery and people have been killed
here. There is a picnic ground at the Babinda Boulders, but there is no
The Goldfield Trail
Here is also the start of the long bushwalk called Goldfield Trail. It
is a historical trail made by gold prospectors in the 1930s, when gold
was discovered on the Mount Bellender Ker Range. The walk goes to
Goldsborough Valley and is 19km return. It is mostly flat, but gets a
bit rough at times and there are also a few creek crossings. You can
camp at the Goldsborough Valley, and also at Mulgrave River about
half-way between Babinda and the end of the walk, where you can also do
some fishing. The track between Goldsborough Valley and Mulgrave River
is also accessible for mountain bikes, and again, if you don’t feel
like walking the same way back, you can get someone to pick you up on
If you are visiting the
northern sections, your
closest accommodation will be in Babinda (hotel, camping ground),
Mirriwinni (camping ground and caravan park at Bramston Beach), Fishery
Falls (caravan park) or Gordonvale (hotels, caravan park) along the
Highway. But of course, Cairns
accommodation is not too far either.
Here's a map of Wooroonooran National Park
where I have tagged the places that I mentioned on this web page. You
can click on the tags to see what places they are, and double-click
anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the
map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with
Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.
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