Rugged mountains, ravines, tumbling waterfalls, magnificent rainforest, rich and varied wildlife, easy access and a fascinating history make Barron Gorge National Park one of Queensland's most popular national parks. The park extends from the coastal lowlands to the elevated regions of the Atherton Tableland and lies within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.... more
The Barron River dominates the park. Rising from the rainforests of Mount Hypipamee National Park, the river winds 60 kilometres across the Atherton Tableland. The river then enters the deeply-incised Barron Gorge, between the Macalister and Lamb ranges. The river falls 250 metres onto the coastal lowlands and flows to the Coral Sea. During the wet season, floodwaters regularly create a spectacular sight at Barron Falls.
The park is part of the traditional lands of the Djabugandji Bama (local Aboriginal people) who maintain a close spiritual connection with this country. Before Europeans arrived, Bama traversed this country, developing trails linking the coast to the uplands. These historic trails now form sections of a walking track network.
Walk the network of walking trails including the elevated boardwalk to the lookout over the spectacular Barron Falls. Raft or canoe down the river or picnic at Lake Placid.... less
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.
The lower section of Barron Gorge National Park can be accessed from Kamerunga and Lake Placid. From Cairns, drive 15 kilometres along Cairns Western Arterial (Kamerunga Road) and turn left onto Stoney Creek Road. The Smith track trailhead is on the left, one kilometres from the turn-off, and the Stoney Creek/Douglas Track trailhead is at the end (2.1 kilometres). Alternatively, continue along Cairns Western Arterial for another kilometre, take the turn-off to Lake Placid and drive three kilometres along the scenic Barron Gorge Road to the Barron Gorge Hydro-Power Station.
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