This walk is part of the Misty Mountain wilderness walking trails, a 130 kilometres network of short and long wilderness tracks takes visitors through pristine, high altitude rainforest with crystal clear creeks, waterfalls and panoramic views.
The Koolmoon Creek track leads through Tully Falls and Tully Gorge national parks from near Ravenshoe to Cochable Creek camping area, north-west of Tully. A series of linking loop tracks, all connecting to Tully Falls Road, provides opportunities for walkers to complete both extended hikes and shorter day walks. Walkers are advised to arrange vehicle pick up from the end of their walk because Tully Falls Road is narrow and winding and dangerous for pedestrians.... more
Walkers must be well-prepared, self-sufficient and are responsible for their own safety. Inform a responsible person of your walking plans and when you expect to return. Carry at least one reliable form of communciation equipment. Satellite phones and personal locator beacons (PLBs) are the most effective.
Koolmoon Creek track, Misty Mountains wilderness walking trails
Distance: 35.5 kilometres one-way by most direct route.
Track markers: orange.... less
The Koolmoon Creek Track follows the orange track markers.
Campsites and toilets are available at Cochable Creek. Walters Waterhole and Koolmoon Creek Headwaters are bush camps. You will need to obtain a permit if you wish to camp overnight.
Tully Falls Road is not accessible from Cardstone Road, walkers will need to travel to Ravenshoe.
Please note: some parts of the Misty Mountains Trails may be closed during the wet season due to flooding rivers and closed access roads.
The climate is tropical with a dry winter season from April to October, which is the best time to walk this trail.
The Koolmoon Creek Track follows the orange track markers. There are bush camping areas at Cochable Creek, Walters Waterhole and Koolmoon Creek headwaters. Only the Cochable Creek camping area has toilets and picnic tables. Camping permits are required and fees apply. Walkers following the loop tracks connecting to Tully Falls Road are advised to arrange vehicle pick up from the end of their walk because Tully Falls Road is narrow and winding and dangerous for pedestrians.
How To Get There
Koolmoon Creek Track is accessible from Ravenshoe and Tully. From Ravenshoe, take the Tully Falls Road. There are numerous trailheads for Bally Knob, Koolmoon Creek Headwaters, Walters Waterhole and Djilgarrin Track where you can access the various upper sections of the Koolmoon Creek Walk. From Tully, follow the Tully Gorge (Cardstone) Road. Turn north along the H Road and Cochable Creek Road to Cochable Causeway.
Bally Knob trail head—access for Koolmoon Creek track
From Ravenshoe follow the signs to Little Millstream Falls—travel 1.2 kilometres to the Kennedy Highway then south along Tully Falls Road for 500 metres. Turn right into Wooroora Road and travel a further 1.7 kilometres to the car park at Little Millstream Falls.
Camping fees apply.
This area is one of the wettest in Australia and during the tropical wet season (December to April) is subjected to numerous heavy downpours, low cloud and mist. Extra caution is required when walking in wet conditions (which can occur at any time of the year). The tracks can be slippery, leeches are very active and creeks may rise rapidly and flow swiftly, making crossings dangerous. Tracks and access roads, such as the Sutties Gap, Maple Creek and K-tree roads, may be closed at this time. Temperatures and humidity can also be uncomfortably high during the summer. April to October is a much more pleasant season for walking although, in this mountainous area, rain can fall at any time and walkers should be well prepared. The tropical climate of north Queensland is tempered somewhat by elevation, and temperatures at night and during wet weather can be quite low.
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