Tropical Coast national parks

M u r r a y R i v e r B r u c e H i g h w a y Edmund Kennedy Cardwell Bilyana Murrigal Murray Falls Girringun NP Hinchinbrook Island NP Girramay NP Girramay NP Goold Island NP To Tully To Ingham Five Mile Creek 1 2 3 4 1 10 20km Scale 0 Photo: © Tourism Tropical North Queensland Murray Falls day-use area From the rainforest-clad mountains to the paperbark wetlands, sedge swamps and mangroves along the coast, the Murray River links the Murray Falls and Edmund Kennedy sections of the park. Things to do Wildlife spotting Look for orange-footed scrubfowl tending their raked mounds of leaves and sticks at Edmund Kennedy, and the many colourful birds at Murray Falls camping area. Places to go At Edmund Kennedy 1 Wreck Creek walk 2.5km (1.5hr). Grade: easy Walk along the beach to Wreck Creek and admire serene ocean views with a backdrop of Hinchinbrook Island’s craggy skyline. Girramay National Park Must dos • Enjoy a stroll at Wreck Creek beach, strewn with large driftwood from nearby swamps. • Delight in a misty spritz on the boardwalk as water tumbles over huge granite slabs at Murray Falls. Getting there Edmund Kennedy section is 1km along Clift Road. Turn off the Bruce Highway 4km north of Cardwell. To access Murray Falls section travel 21km north of Cardwell and turn west onto Bilyana Road. Follow the signs for 20km to Murray Falls camping and day-use areas. Wander the wild windswept beach and mangrove forests at Edmund Kennedy or enjoy a peaceful picnic near picturesque Murray Falls. At Murray Falls 2 Murray Falls day-use area Take a dip in the cold waters of the Murray River surrounded by rainforest then dry off with a picnic in the shady day-use area. 3 River boardwalk 300m return (10min). Grade: easy Stroll along this pleasant, easy walk to the river to view the cascading Murray Falls. 4 Yalgay Ginja Bulumi walk 1.8km return (1.5hr). Grade: moderate Learn about Aboriginal culture on this walk through the rainforest to a lookout over the falls. Places to camp Camp at Murray Falls camping area 1 , an open grassy area with shady trees. Safety Be careful around Murray Falls. Serious injuries and deaths have happened here. Obey all safety signs. Bullrouts (venomous freshwater stonefish) live in Murray River—wear shoes when swimming at Murray Falls day-use area (see page 27). Be crocwise in croc country at Edmund Kennedy (see page 27). Murray Falls camping area, Photo: © John Augusteyn 18

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