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There is an abundant amount of rainforest walks near Cairns. Stoney Creek and weave through large boulders to get onto the Douglas Track. Douglas Track Park is categorised as a Bushland/Conservation area. Bushland/ Conservation areas are generally un-embellished and are. Douglas Track is one of the various walks that make up a network of trails throughout Barron Gorge National Park. Cairns and Kuranda locals consider.
Look for large black bean trees Castanospermum australe with orange-red flowers and long, boat-shaped seed-pods littering the ground from March to November. Option From junction 5, continue to the Speewah camping area along the Djina-Wu track m or turn left and follow Smiths track track junction 5—6 and Stoney Creek Road 3. Smiths trailhead, Kamerunga Map location: Track junction 13—5 From the car park at the Speewah camping area Map location: Track junction 5—6 Time: Stinging trees and lawyer cane are common in this section.
The track passes through an area where several large trees have been snapped off at mid-canopy level by cyclones, and climbs through a taller stand of rainforest trees, many with buttress roots.
Douglas Track Park
After a short steep climb, a ridge top provides views through the trees. At the top of another ridge is a beautiful stand of rainforest with maple silkwood Flindersia pimenteliana before the track winds on to junction 6. Track junction 6—7 Time: This section of track follows an old logging track.
After the green gate the track descends, winding through wet eucalypt forest which is being encroached upon by rainforest due to the lack of fire in recent times. The candlenut tree Aleurites moluccana, with its broad, pointed leaves and nuts that can be moulded into a candle, is common along this section. Cadagi Corner junction 7 features a beautiful stand of cadagi trees.
Option From junction 7, continue to Tobys lookout junction 9 along either Smiths track turn leftwith views over Stoney Creek gorge and falls, or Yalbogie track turn rightpast giant kauri pines and old mining sites.
Track junction 7—8 Time: The track leaves the old logging route, becomes narrower and re-enters mature rainforest. Soon, rainforest begins to change to wet eucalypt forest.
Flooded gums, large-fruited red mahoganies Eucalyptus pellita and pink bloodwoods Corymbia intermedia dominate the canopy. Option At junction 8, continue along Smiths track turn right or turn left onto the Gandal Wandun track 1.
Track junction 8—9 Time: It leads on to a ridgeline with views of Stoney Creek gorge to the left before descending back into rainforest. Take care when crossing Stoney Creek. Do not attempt to cross when the flow is rapid or during wet conditions.
From Stoney Creek the track winds up a steep embankment and then through a switchback section, providing views of Stoney Creek gorge, the railway line and Glacier Rock. Do not attempt to walk to the top of Stoney Creek Falls from here. A view of the top part of the falls can be had from the eastern ridgeline after crossing the creek.
Extreme care should be taken due to the narrow ridge and sheer cliffs on both sides. The track continues to Tobys lookout junction 9 along a narrow ridgeline of open woodland featuring the smooth white bark of the Queensland blue gum Eucalyptus tereticornis.
Track junction 7—9 alternate route via Yalbogie track Distance: The Yalbogie track follows on old logging road through rainforest and for a short section passes through Dinden National Park. At The Kauris, two giant kauri pines Agathis robusta grow close to the track. Lawyer cane is prevalent in areas indicating past disturbance by cyclones or early logging and mining activities.
Along the track historic stone-pitched benching and mining shafts, relics of earlier mining days remain. Tobys lookout Tobys lookout junction 9 provides excellent views across to Glacier Rock and the coastal lowlands. A mining camp in the late s, this site was later used as a seasonal camp by Mr and Mrs Toby in the s.
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Cattle once roamed this area and overnight mustering camps were temporarily established on the route between Cairns and Mareeba. Many of the walks are easily accessible for people of all ages and fitness levels so you can take an easy stroll or get your heart pumping with more of a high impact trek. Always take a mapplenty of water, sunscreen and let people know where you are going before you start off on your adventure.
One of the main attractions of the park is the Barron Falls and you can get a little bit closer for a better view by following the Barron Falls Lookout Track. This begins on an elevated walk which takes you through the rainforest canopy and then down the hill to the railway platform.
On the way there are explanatory signs, plenty of places to take a rest and some gorgeous places to lookout and take a photograph. Then you'll cross through the Wooroonooran National Park and climb Bartle Frere which is the highest mountain in Queensland reaching metres.
Then start the drop which takes you over mountain creeks and over the East Mulgrave River. You can choose to camp here and then take the old logging track which follow the river to Goldborough Valley camping area.
The circuit beings at Henrietta Creek camp site and takes you on a 2.
Nandroya Falls is the culmination of Douglas Creek where it first tumbles down a 50 metre fall and then takes another fall which is is smaller but wider. The views across Cairns and its surrounds are beyond awesome!!
You can take a dip in Stoney Creek Falls at the end of your hike. The view from the top of Glacier Rock is nothing short of spectacular The Nitty Gritty Details We started at Rainforest Estate on Stoney Creek Road, Kamerungaa small suburb tucked away at the foot of the Barron Gorge opposite Lake Placidand took the Stoney Creek entrance — we liked the fact that you have the option for a dip in the refreshing waters of Stoney Creek upon your return Please note Rob only went in — after all it was Winter!!
Follow this track as it leads you away from the creek and meanders gradually upwards through the rainforest. The walk uphill through the rainforest will eventually lead you to a massive Mango tree in a clearing. This is the site of an old railway workers campsite and was used as a base during the building of the Kuranda Railway track. There are some boulders to scramble up here for a nice view BUT monitor the kids closely as the drop on the other side is a tad gnarly.
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This is the first of the good views down the Barron Valley and worth a look. Crossing the Kuranda Railway Track Just a little further on is a footbridge that will take you over the Railway track and up the steep embankment to the other side.
It would be great if you could time crossing this bridge with the moment the Kuranda Train makes its journey up. We could hear it coming but it seemed like it had another 30 tunnels to pass through before it reached us. After 5 minutes of waiting we continued upwards…. The scenery is great for the kids as it keeps their mind off the upwards slog.