Tropical Coast national parks

Blencoe Falls Photo: © Keith Dyson Wallaman Falls, Australia’s highest single- drop waterfall, plunges spectacularly from a 268m high cliff top. To the north- west, Blencoe Falls tumbles 90m, then another 230m into the base of an impressive gorge before it rushes towards the Herbert River. Featuring wild terrain of rugged forest- clad ridge tops, untamed rivers, imposing gorges and quintessential Australian bushland, this park is the place where coastal rainforest meets the western savanna. Did you know? The Dalrymple Gap track blazed by early explorer George Dalrymple follows a path Aboriginal people used to collect food and attend cultural activities. Girringun National Park Must dos • Stand in awe at Wallaman Falls where Stony Creek plummets into a cloud of mist in the river below. • Reconnect with nature as you camp at Blencoe Falls. Throw a line into the creek and toast a marshmallow over an open fire under a sparkling night sky. • Share space with the locals—a platypus feeding in Stony Creek, a bandicoot nosing around your camp site, or even a cassowary rambling through the rainforest. Getting there Wallaman Falls is 51km west of Ingham. Drive 8.7km along Ingham- Abergowrie Road to Trebonne and follow the signs to the park. Allow 1.5hr for this drive through rural areas and up a narrow winding range road. You need a 4WD to visit Blencoe Falls. Drive 10km north of Cardwell along the Bruce Highway and turn onto Kennedy Creek Road. Travel for 6km then turn onto Kirrama Range Road and follow the signs to the camping area. The roads from here are unsealed, winding and narrow— allow 2hr for this drive. Relax in a riverside bush camp, hike in the footsteps of an enterprising explorer or gaze in awe at two of Australia’s most spectacular waterfalls, plummeting dramatically off the Great Dividing Range. Photo: © Townsville Enterprise Wallaman Falls Things to do Wildlife spotting Spotlight for gliders high in the treetops around your camp site—amazingly all of Australia’s six glider species live in this park. Bandicoots and musky rat- kangaroos frequent camps at night— remember not to feed them! Fishing Fish in the park’s creeks and rivers. Fishing regulations apply (see page 27). Be aware that estuarine crocodiles live in the water below Blencoe Falls. Be crocwise! (see page 27). Safety Take care around cliffs, steep slopes and rock faces along tracks and at lookouts. Be crocwise in croc country (see page 27). 14