The Juwun walk starts near Blencoe Falls, in Girringun National Park. Blencoe Falls is a spectacular waterfall that plunges 90 metres to a pool before cascading a further 230 metres to the base of the Herbert River Gorge.
The Juwun walk is a strenuous walk through the Herbert River Gorge. From Blencoe Falls, walkers travel through open forest before steeply descending into the Herbert River Gorge to the Blanket Creek bush camp. From here walkers follow the river to the Yamanie pick-up point. There is no designated walking track along the gorge beyond Blanket Creek.... more
The Juwun walk is suitable for experienced, self-sufficient walkers with a high level of fitness. Remember to tell a responsible person where you are going and when you expect to return. Estuarine crocodiles inhabit the waterways. Remember to be croc-wise. In the event of an emergency, communication equipment is vital. You should carry at least one form of communication equipment. Personal locator beacons (PLBs) and satellite phones are the best option on this track. Mobile phone coverage is unreliable.
Juwun walk, Wet Tropics Great Walk
Distance: 43.5 kilometres one way.
Time: allow 4-6 days.... less
The Wet Tropics Great!Walk may be closed during the wet season, between September and May.
Ensure you carry adequate drinking water. For a more enjoyable experience walk in the early morning.
Rocky surfaces can make the trip through the gorge slow and difficult. Keep watch for feral cattle and pigs. Never startle or approach these animals and ensure they have a clear escape path to the scrub.
Do not swim, as the river is home to estuarine crocodiles. They are most active at night. Always remain on the track and only cross the river at the marked location. Avoid travelling along the bank near sections of deep water as crocodiles may be encountered in dense grass and shrubs.
Daytime temperatures and humidity can be high at any time of the year and nights can be very cool. Please carry suitable clothing to accommodate temperature extremes. July to October are generally the driest months, but heavy rain can fall at any time.
There is no reliable water supply between Blencoe Falls and Blanket Creek bush camp. Beyond Blanket Creek, no bush camping sites have been identified.
There is no designated walking track in the gorge.
To ensure your walk is fun and comfortable, try to visit between May and September when the weather and track conditions are at their best.
How To Get There
Blencoe Falls is 96 kilometres south-east of Mount Garnet. The two hour drive passes through several cattle stations along the Kennedy Developmental Road, Kirrama-Mt Garnet Road and Kirrama-Cashmere Road.
Yamanie pick-up point
The Yamanie pick-up point is 60 kilometres from Ingham, about a 45 minute drive through rural properties. Travel west from Ingham along Abergowrie Road. At the end of the road you will find a gate—the entrance to Girringun National Park. Please close the gate behind you. Beyond the gate four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended.
Camping fees apply.
High rainfall summers and drier winters characterise the north-east Queensland tropics. To ensure your walk is fun and comfortable, try to visit between May and September when the weather and track conditions are at their best. Daytime temperatures and humidity can be high at any time of the year and nights can be very cool. In July, the overnight minimum temperatures are between 9 degrees Celsius and 18 degrees Celsius. Temperatures may reach as low as 0 degrees Celsius and frosts can occur in elevated areas. Please carry suitable clothing to accommodate all extremes. July to October are generally the driest months, but heavy rain can fall at anytime. Always be prepared for wet weather. After rain, creeks and rivers along the Great Walk may flood. Always check the weather forecast before you begin your walk.
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