National Park Walks

Channel your inner bush-walker; there are so many national parks in the Cairns regions which are just waiting to be explored. Enjoy a range of bushwalking opportunities from the rainforest of cairns to the woodlands of the tablelands. You can also enjoy a cool swim and a picnic lunch in many of the national parks. 

Bushwalkers Delight

Barron Gorge National Park

  • Location: Eighteen kilometres (lower section) and 27 km (upper section) north-west of Cairns, in North Queensland
  • Rugged peaks, steep gorges, tumbling waterfalls, lush rainforest, varied wildlife, easy access, a colourful history and a range of recreational opportunities make this one of Queensland’s most popular national parks.

Smithfield Conservation Park

  • Location: 16km north of Cairns
  • In the foothills of the coastal range, bordering Kuranda National Park and Smithfield residential area, this small park encompasses tropical rainforest gullies and eucalypt woodlands, and provides shared trails for bush walkers and mountain bikers.

Speewah Conservation Park

  • Location: Forty-two kilometres north-west of Cairns
  • This easily accessible camping area and day-use area is situated within tranquil rainforest, on the western border of Barron Gorge National Park.

Walshs Pyramid, Wooroonooran National Park

  • Location: 26 km south of Cairns
  • Walshs Pyramid is an independent peak, rising 922 m, with a distinct pyramid appearance. There is a steep 6 km return walking track to the summit. Walkers are rewarded with stunning 360 degree views of the surrounding ranges and local landscape.

Goldsborough Valley, Wooroonooran National Park

  • Location: 46 km south-west of Cairns.
  • Goldsborough Valley’s lush lowland rainforest and the picturesque Mulgrave River offer opportunities for canoeing, mountain biking, walking and camping in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

Josephine Falls, Wooroonooran National Park

  • Location: 75 km south of Cairns
  • Josephine Falls is a scenic waterfall fed by rains falling on Queensland’s highest peak, Bartle Frere, which looms above this popular picnic area.

Bartle Frere trail, Wooroonooran National Park

  • Location: East end of trail—Josephine Falls, 75 kilometres south of Cairns or West end of trail—Atherton Tableland, 78 kilometres south-south-west of Cairns
  • Climbing the summit of Queensland's highest mountain offers a challenging way to explore part of the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Bellenden Ker Range.

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