Hiking in Cairns region
highest mountain is located near Cairns, North Queensland.
are very few tracks on the mountain. The most popular walk is to start at
the Josephine Falls car park and climb to the top returning the same way.
This can be done in one long day or better still camp either half way up at
a creek or near the top. There is a side track to a low ridge called Broken
Nose - this often provides views when the summit is under cloud. A through
track also exists from the summit west to Lamins Hill .
The mountain is located 50 km south of Cairns and towers above the Bruce Highway.
Surrounded by flat fields of sugar cane the mountain dominates the area. This
is the wettest region of Australia and you can normally expect tropical showers
and drizzle for most of the year.
Tablelands - Hiking tracks
The Atherton Tablelands is an excellent area for bushwalking and hiking for
many reasons. Not only is the climate mild and comfortable, but the diversity
of forests – from dry scrub to wet rainforest – provides walkers
with an array of choices. Depending on the length of a hike, multiple forms
of forestry can be encountered.
Many hikes throughout the Atherton Tablelands require a permit because national
parks feature heavily across the landscape. However there are some other trails
that are perfect for day-adventures and can incorporate children into the
A circuit track that leads from the dam wall along the top of a ridge and
back to the wall is a challenging hike that takes approximately 2.5 hours.
The beginning of this hike is very steep and children may have difficulty
getting to the top of the ridge. But it is worth the effort because the views
From Tinaroo Township, drive towards the dam wall and follow the road to the
other side of the wall. On the left side of the road is a dirt car park where
you can safely leave your vehicle. Walk approximately 50m back down the road
and on the right side is a small wooden fence and a sign prohibiting the use
of motorbikes on the trail. There are no other markings to indicate the presence
of this trail.
The end of the trail emerges onto a dirt road, and you need to follow this
road to the left for approximately 200m. Pass over the cattle gate, and you’ll
be back at the Tinaroo Road.
This is a 6km circuit track that follows the perimeter of Lake Barrine, suitable
for all ages. It has a bitumen surface leading to a wooden viewing platform
that overlooks two giant Kauri Pines that are over 1100 years old –
a magnificent sight.
The walk begins at the picnic and swimming area of Lake Barrine, which is
beside the teahouse, and ends on the opposite side of the teahouse. We recommend
you allow one and a half hours for the hike to give yourself time to read
the informative displays along the way and appreciate the unique rainforest.
Similar to the Lake Barrine Walk, the Lake Eacham perimeter walk extends for
4km around the crater lake. It features a bitumen surface, making it suitable
for all ages and fitness levels.
Along the way, hikers will see elk and staghorn ferns, strangler fig trees,
wait-a-while palms and hundreds of tree ferns. The walk begins near the grassy
picnic area on the banks of the lake, and ends at the turtle-viewing platform.
The Kauri Creek Walk is a five and a half kilometre full circuit track, meandering
through riverine vegetation along Kauri Creek. It then ascends through plantation
pines and along a forestry road. The track is intended for intermediate to
advanced walkers, although beginners can make the walk to the Red Cedar Tree
(located one kilometre along the track) before returning to the picnic area.
For more information about hiking and bushwalking in the Atherton Tablelands,
contact The Tablelands Walking Club.
Rules to follow when hiking anywhere in the Atherton Tablelands include the
• Hike on marked trails and walk single file to prevent damage to plants
• Do not light fires in the forest.
• Carry out all rubbish, including vegetable matter.
Do not take dogs on hikes, unless you are able to keep them under strict and
close control. Kangaroos, bandicoots and snakes are tempting chase-targets
for dogs. Be aware, however, that dogs are forbidden on some tracks.