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Goldfield Trail, Wooroonooran National Park
9 Hours  / 19 Kilometres


The Goldfield trail is located within Wooroonooran National Park.

The Goldfield trail links The Boulders Scenic Reserve, seven kilometres from Babinda, and Goldsborough Valley day-use and camping areas, 46 kilometres south of Cairns. Both ends of the Goldfield trail can be reached by conventional vehicle but access roads, bridges and the trail may be closed due to flooding, particularly during the wetter months (December to April). The ends of the trail are over 60 kilometres apart by road and neither is serviced by public transport. Walkers should consider this before setting out and arrange transport at their destination, or consider returning to their starting point. Alternatively the trail could be walked on different days, from either The Boulders or Goldsborough Valley, as two separate return trips.

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The Goldfield trail allows visitors to experience the beauty and diversity of Wooroonooran National Park. The 19 kilometre, moderately difficult trail travels through a lush tropical rainforest with refreshing creek crossings. The north-west half of the trail follows the banks of the East Mulgrave River along an old logging track, through stands of trees and sections of high grass. The trail then climbs over a low saddle between Queensland's two highest peaks, Bartle Frere and Bellenden Ker. There are no grand views from this trail but many glimpses of the high Bellenden Ker Range can be seen through the trees. The trail crosses more small creeks then follows Babinda Creek before exiting at Babinda Boulders.

Originally the trail was a rough track from the coast over a saddle in the Bellenden Ker Range. Prospectors created the track in the 1930s, eager to reach the north-west slopes of Bartle Frere in search of gold. Although the trail fell into disuse when the goldfield failed to live up to its promise, the trail was re-opened in 1986 as an international volunteer project and is now popular with visitors.

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Goldfield Trail
Goldfield Trail

Journey Details

Duration9 Hours Itinerary TypeLand
Distance19 KilometresItinerary RouteOne Way
Mode of TravelWalk
Level of DifficultyLevel of difficulty - Recommended for experienced bushwalkers


  • Car park
    Car park
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Toilet facilities for the Disabled
    Disabled toilet
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks


  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Mountain Biking
    Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Self-Guided

Goldfield Trail, Wooroonooran National Park Full Itinerary

Goldfield Trail

The Goldfield Trail is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Please note this map only shows an indicative start point for the walk. The track route and end point are not shown and this map cannot be used for navigation purposes. Please see the Queensland National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing web site for detailed maps and the latest park information, including opening hours and safety messages. When you are in the park, make sure you refer to signs at the start of the track for more information.

Goldfield trail, Wooroonooran National Park
Goldfield trail, Wooroonooran National Park

Route Details

Duration: 9 Hrs 
Distance: 19 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Walk
Route Type: One Way

  • Flora/Fauna
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Rainforest
  • Wildlife

Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 4
Other Information
Disabled: The Goldfield trail is not wheelchair accessible. There are wheelchair-accessible toilets and day-use areas at both ends of the trail.

Other Information

The Goldfield trail is not wheelchair accessible. There are wheelchair-accessible toilets and day-use areas at both ends of the trail.

Visit our Driving Safety and Advice page for more information or the RACQ website for the latest road conditions.