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Barron Falls in flood. Photo: © Steven Nowakowski

Barron Gorge National Park

Follow the river

The impressive Barron River is waiting for you. Choose your own adventure to travel from the coast up to the tableland via the Barron River Gorge—jump aboard the historic scenic railway and wind past picturesque ravines and waterfalls or experience the thrill of travelling in a gondola over the rainforest canopy. Barron Gorge National Park is full of experiences that allow you to make the most of a day trip from Cairns. Alternatively, bed down in Kuranda—the village in the rainforest—and spend some more time in this lush environment. Discover the history of the local Aboriginal people, and follow their historic trails on a variety of short and long-distance rainforest walks.

Location and getting there

27km NW of Cairns. Road access from Cairns is via the Captain Cook Hwy, Kennedy Hwy and Kuranda. Access via train is from Cairns or Freshwater. Access via gondola is from Smithfield on the Captain Cook Hwy.

Visitor facilities and opportunities

ToiletsPicnic areaCampingCaravan/camper trailer/campervan sitesShort or easy walksHikesCyclingFishingHorseridingWheelchair access

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Don’t miss

Take the easy 1.2km return walking track to Din Din Barron Falls Lookout—one of tropical North Queensland’s ‘star attractions’, especially during the wetter months from January to March when the falls are often thundering! The walk, suitable for prams and wheelchairs with assistance, will take you about 40mins.