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South of Cairns

South of Cairns

Adventurous by nature, a stunning region for magical and life-changing experiences.

Mount Bellenden Ker | Harvey Creek | Deeral | Frankland Islands | Fishery Falls | Behana Gorge | Aloomba | Walshs Pyramid | Goldsborough Valley | Gordonvale | Cairns Airport

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From Babinda you will pass Harvey Creek, a great spot for a cool dip. Turn off the highway at Deeral, a fishing haven offering river and ocean fishing options. The Frankland Group National Park, is a group of five islands just 10km offshore from the river mouth. Snorkel with turtles straight off the shore, discover rock pools or walk around Normanby Island. The islands can be accessed by private boat or take a day tour. Use either the Russell (Bellenden Ker) or Mulgrave (Deeral) river boat ramps.

Fishery Falls has a caravan park in lovely landscaped gardens. Stop for a cold beer and a chat with the locals, before heading north again.

Look for the turn off from the Bruce Highway to Aloomba to cool off at the Behana Creek causeway where you also will find toilets and a picnic area. On the other side of the highway, Behana Gorge also offers hiking and swimming options.

Soon you will see the distinctive Walshs Pyramid, one of the highest freestanding natural pyramids in the world. The difficult hike to the summit is only 6km, but takes around six hours return.

Gordonvale grew up around its sugar mill, the Mulgrave Central Sugar Mill in the heart of the town. Nearby is the Mulgrave Settlers Museum where you can discover what life was like in the pioneering days of the late 1800s.

The Gillies Highway, another gateway to the Atherton Tablelands, is at Gordonvale. Famous for its 263 corners, this steep road has an 800m elevation change in only 19km of road. Goldsborough Valley in the northern section of Wooroonooran National Park is where you can enjoy the scenic Mulgrave River. The clear flowing water and deep pools are perfect for swimming, canoeing and fishing.

From Gordonvale it is only 20km to Cairns, a large regional city with an international airport. Cairns is the gateway to Tropical North Queensland with more than two million visitors each year.

Map of Cairns
Map of Cairns