Tropical Coast national parks

Wooroonooran stretches along the coastal hinterland from Innisfail to Gordonvale. In the south, you can explore the rugged rainforest-clad mountain slopes, gorges and sparkling waterfalls of the Palmerston. Marvel at Queensland’s highest peak, Bartle Frere, the birthplace of Josephine Creek, which becomes the cascading Josephine Falls. In the north, the distinctive landmark of Walshs Pyramid and the picturesque Goldsborough Valley along the Mulgrave River will impress you. Wooroonooran National Park Must dos • Admire the view from Crawfords Lookout then tick off a few waterfalls in the Palmerston. • Be mesmerised at Josephine Falls as you watch the clear cold waters thundering down from the 1622m summit of Bartle Frere. • Tackle the exhilarating heights of 922m Walshs Pyramid for outstanding views over the coastal lowlands. • Set up camp in Goldsborough Valley where you (and your kids) can swim, fish, paddle, explore and relax to your heart’s content. Getting there Turn west off the Bruce Highway 5km north of Innisfail onto the Palmerston Highway and travel 27km to the Palmerston section of the park. Mamu Tropical Skywalk, Crawfords Lookout, Henrietta Creek camping area and various walking tracks are all accessed off the Palmerston Highway. To visit Josephine Falls, turn west off the Bruce Highway 8km south of Babinda onto Bartle Frere Road and follow the signs to the car park. To access Walshs Pyramid turn west off the Bruce Highway 24km south of Cairns onto Moss Road and follow the signs for 500m. Goldsborough Valley camping area is accessible via the Gillies Highway from Gordonvale, south of Cairns. Drive 6km to the Goldsborough Valley turn-off then travel 16km through farms and cane fields. Breathe in the rainforest-filtered air and refresh body and soul as you explore the depths and heights of Wooroonooran, in the heart of Queensland’s Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Things to do Wildlife spotting Look for musky rat-kangaroos and emerald doves foraging on the forest floor and rainforest birds and brilliant butterflies flitting through the forest canopy. Spot azure kingfishers swooping down to the water or spy jungle perch, rainbowfish, and long-finned eels below the river surface. Canoeing Launch your canoe into the Mulgrave River from the Goldsborough Valley camping or day-use area. Mountain biking Mountain bike in the Misty Mountains along the 26km Gorrell trail. Bike 8km of the Goldfield trail between Goldsborough Valley camping area and the Mulgrave causeway, then return the same way. Fishing Fish in the Mulgrave River. Fishing regulations apply (see page 27). Hot tip! Explore the Mamu Tropical Skywalk 1 and venture into the rainforest canopy on elevated walkways and an observation tower. Photo: Maxime Coquard © Qld Govt Josephine Falls 22