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Cairns - Barron Gorge National Park
Rugged mountain scenery, steep ravines, tumbling waterfalls, rich wildlife and tropical rainforest make Barron Gorge one of Queensland’s most popular and picturesque parks. The park has the most accessible rainforest close to Cairns. Open woodland, grassland and heath also grow in the park.
Barron Gorge is the traditional home of the Djabaguy people who have many special connections to this place. The Douglas and Smiths tracks, traditional pathways for the Djabaguy for thousands of years, became the first pack routes linking the hinterland goldfields to the coast in 1876.
The 34km Kuranda Scenic Railway is considered a remarkable engineering feat. Built between 1882 and 1891, the railway has 15 hand-made tunnels and around 40 bridges. The park became part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage area in 1988.
The once-powerful Barron Falls have been harnessed to supply hydro-electric power and only flow after heavy rain
Barron Falls is near Kuranda, just 15 minutes or 18km north of Cairns, or 50 minutes south of Port Douglas. Access is by conventional vehicle to Kuranda, railway from Kuranda, Redlynch or Cairns or cableway from Kuranda or Redlynch
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
13 QGOV (13 74 68)