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Barron Falls Lookout Track
Cairns, Cairns Area

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13 74 68
13 7468


Barron Falls lookout track, Barron Gorge National Park. Located 3.3 kilometres from Kuranda village, via Barron Falls Road, an elevated wheelchair-accessible boardwalk meanders through the rainforest from the car park to the lookout and railway platform. The lookout provides views of Barron Falls, which can be spectacular during floods. You may even be enveloped by a cloud of mist from the falls. Take care near the railway line. Signs and displays along the boardwalk and on the railway platform describe the park's natural and cultural heritage.

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Keep on the walking tracks and boardwalks at all times. Take note of the safety signs and stay clear of the edge of the gorge and steep rock faces.

Distance: 570 metres one way.

Time: Allow 20 minutes walking time.

Grade: Easy.

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About the Walk

600 metres
20 minutes
Short Walk
From the car park, follow the elevated boardwalk.

Walk Highlights

  • Rugged mountain scenery
  • Tumbling waterfalls
  • Tropical rainforest

Walk Hints

Beware of cassowaries and stinging tree leaves.

For your safety, do not walk along or below the railway line. This track may be closed during the wet season, between October and May.

Daytime temperatures and humidity can be high at any time of the year. Ensure you take water and wear a hat and sunscreen on this walk.

Best Time To Go

To ensure your visit is fun and comfortable, try to visit between April and October when the weather and track conditions are at their best.

Property Details


  • Access With Assistance for the Disabled
    Assisted Access
  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Viewing Platform
    Viewing Platform
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks


  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Birdwatching
  • Walking

Other Information

The upper section of Barron Gorge National Park has wheelchair-accessible facilities. Barron Falls lookout and boardwalk pedestrian link are suitable for wheelchair access with assistance. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway has wheelchair-accessible facilities.

How To Get There:
The upper section of the Barron Gorge National Park, 27 kilometres north-west of Cairns, can be reached through the village of Kuranda on the Atherton Tableland. From Cairns, travel north along the Captain Cook Highway, turn onto the Kennedy Highway, which winds up the coastal mountain range, and take the turn-off to Kuranda. Alternatively take the scenic railway that runs from Cairns to Kuranda or the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway from Smithfield, north of Cairns. The entrance to the national park is 2.9 kilometres from the town centre via Barron Falls Road; a further 400 metres takes you to the car park at the start of the boardwalk leading to Barron Falls lookout, which is also a stop on the scenic railway line. Wrights lookout, an access point for the McDonalds track, is a further 1.4 kilometres along the road from the car park.
The upper section can also be accessed from Speewah Conservation Park, a starting point for long walks. From Kuranda travel a further 6.5 kilometres along the Kennedy Highway, turn left into Speewah Road and follow the signs for 5.2 kilometres.

This region has a tropical climate, with generally hot and humid summers, and milder drier winters. Most rainfall occurs between January and March, monsoonal conditions bringing the possibility of thunderstorms and tropical cyclones. Summer maximum temperatures are around 33 degrees Celsius, while winter averages a more pleasant 26 degrees Celsius, but nights can be cool. Although you can visit the park all year round, the cooler, drier months of the year (from May to September) are the best times to visit.

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Barron Gorge National Park
Queensland 4881 Australia

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13 7468


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