Ingham to Townsville has a great range of walking tracks suitable for every fitness level. If you love the outdoors, then look no further than the Hinchinbrook & Cassowary Coast Region!
Base yourself in Ingham and spend a few days exploring these walks!
Broadwater National Park Walking Tracks
Northern Access to Broadwater National Park
Turn off the Bruce Highway at Hawkins Creek Road just north of the Herbert River (2.4 kilometres north of Ingham). Travel 26 kilometres along Hawkins Creek Road. Turn right at the sign for Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest.
These routes converge just outside the State forest boundary. From here the last 16 kilometres is unsealed but can be accessed using conventional vehicles.
Southern Access to Broadwater National Park
From Ingham travel 27 kilometres via Trebbone along Abergowrie Road. Turn right at Elphinstone Pocket Road and travel a further four kilometres. Turn left at the sign for Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest.
The Dalrymple Gap Walking Track The Dalrymple Gap Walking Track crosses between the Cardwell and Ingham regions. This link takes you to a whole section dedicated to this amazing one-way walk!
Rainforest walk—1.6 kilometres return (30 minutes) Grade: easy
This circuit walk passes through endangered riparian rainforest with views of Broadwater Creek. The walk starts at the southern end of the day-use area. A 200 metre wheelchair-accessible boardwalk to a magnificent white fig (Ficus virens var. sublanceolata) commonly known as the Broadwater fig, is the feature of the walk.
Creek walk—3 kilometres return (1 hour) Grade: easy
For the more energetic this walk commences in the main camping area and leads through eucalypt and riparian forest to the delightful pools along Broadwater Creek. It ends at the ‘Overflow’, on the boundary of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
Wallaman Falls Walking Tracks
Wallaman Falls is Australia’s tallest single drop waterfall!This place is a must see for anyone visiting the Hinchinbrook region!
Access to Wallaman Falls
Wallaman Falls is located 51 km south-west of Ingham, about 1 hr drive through rural properties. Travel west from Ingham along Abergowrie Road to Trebonne. From here, the route is well signposted. While part of the road is unsealed, it can still be accessed using a conventional vehicle. Care is required on the range, which is slippery when wet. Towing caravans is not recommended.
Banggurru walk—800 m return (allow 45 mins) Grade: easy
The Banggurru (pronounced ‘Bun-gu-roo’ and meaning turtle) walk provides an opportunity for the whole family to experience some of the beauty of the Wet Tropics World Heritage rainforest along the banks of Stony Creek. Be sure to spend a moment peering into the rock pools—you could be rewarded with a glimpse of a playtpus, or hear the plop of a water dragon seeking refuge in the creek. Saw-shelled turtles can also be seen basking on logs or peeking through the surface of the water.
Djyinda walk—3.2 km return (allow 2-3 hrs) Grade: difficult
The Djyinda (pronounced ‘Yin-da’ and meaning falls) walk begins 300 m from Wallaman Falls lookout and ends at the base of the falls. The track weaves through open forest along the escarpment and offers amazing views of the Herbert River Valley. As the track goes into the gorge, open forest gives way to vine-thicket rainforest. At the base of the falls look up, the mist from the falls creates a rainbow of colour. Be prepared for a steep descent and ascent on unstable surfaces.
This is a a beautiful rainforest walk, but beware! It is a difficult walk back to the top!
Jourama Falls Walks
Access to Jourama Falls
Travel 91km north of Townsville or 24km south of Ingham, then turn off the Bruce Highway onto the 4.5km, unsealed access road to Jourama Falls, Paluma Range National Park. The access road is suitable for most conventional vehicles and caravans. Access may be restricted during the summer wet season when Waterview Creek rises and causeways are impassable.
Jourama Falls is only 6Km off the Bruce Highway. They have a fantastic camping area, so why not spend the night here!
Jourama Falls track (Grade: moderate)
Distance: 3km return
Time: 1 hour
Details: The track to Jourama Falls lookout starts at the end of the road, 700m past the main camping area. A pleasant walk through open woodland leads you to a creek crossing. At the signposted junction, about 100m beyond the creek crossing, continue to the lookout or visit the creek further upstream. The 600m track to the lookout is all uphill but you will be rewarded with views out over the falls and the surrounding rainforest.
Paluma Bushwalking Tracks
Paluma is a bushwalkers paradise! There are great camping facilities in this area, spend a few nights in the National Park exploring the short walk, or venture off for something a bit more extreme!
This is a great area to bring the family for a lovely weekend!
Access to Paluma
The Mount Spec section of Paluma Range National Park is easily accessible from both Townsville and Ingham. There are two turn-offs (northern and southern) onto Barrett Road from the Bruce Highway from which all recreation areas can be reached.