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About Wallaman Falls

Getting there and getting around

Discover the rainforest at Wallaman Falls. Photo: Steven Nowakowski © NPRSR.

Discover the rainforest at Wallaman Falls. Photo: Steven Nowakowski © NPRSR.

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.

For your safety access to the top of Wallaman Falls and surrounding escarpment is restricted (PDF, 1.0M)*.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair-accessible tracks or facilities in this section of Girringun National Park.

Park features

Endangered southern cassowary, Queensland. Photo: Saif Ismalji, courtesy of Tourism Queensland.

Endangered southern cassowary, Queensland. Photo: Saif Ismalji, courtesy of Tourism Queensland.

The Wallaman Falls section of Girringun National Park forms part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. It boasts spectacular scenery and an array of plant and animal life. The creeks and rivers are home to platypus, eastern water dragons and saw-shelled turtles. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a musky rat-kangaroo or an endangered southern cassowary.

Natural, cultural and historical values make this region a truly special place. We invite you to explore the park, learn about its history and enjoy the diverse plant and animal life.

Read more about the nature, culture and history of Wallaman Falls, Girringun National Park.

Camping and accommodation

Wallaman Falls camping area. Photo: Steven Nowakowski © NPRSR.

Wallaman Falls camping area. Photo: Steven Nowakowski © NPRSR.

Camping

Wallaman Falls camping area is adjacent to Stony Creek. Gas barbecues, picnic tables, shelter sheds, water and a cold water shower are provided. Remember to treat all water before drinking.

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

If you prefer to rough it, then limited bush camping opportunities exist as part of the Wet Tropics Great Walk. These are 'hike-in' sites and campers need to be totally self-sufficient.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around the towns between Townsville and Cairns. These include hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, hostels, farm stays, eco-lodges, caravan parks and commercial camping areas.

For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Learn about the rainforest with signs along the Banggurru walk. Photo: Steven Nowakowski © NPRSR.

Learn about the rainforest with signs along the Banggurru walk. Photo: Steven Nowakowski © NPRSR.

Enjoy views of the Herbert River Valley from the lookout. Photo: Steven Nowakowski © NPRSR.

Enjoy views of the Herbert River Valley from the lookout. Photo: Steven Nowakowski © NPRSR.

Spotlight for sugar gliders at night. Photo: NPRSR.

Spotlight for sugar gliders at night. Photo: NPRSR.

Walking

Two short walks are available from Wallaman Falls. These walks have been given language names by the Traditional Owners—the Warrgamaygan Aboriginal people.

For the more adventurous, Wallaman Falls is the gateway to the Wet Tropics Great Walk.

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 hrs) Grade: moderate

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. A moderate level of fitness is required.

Picnic and day-use areas

Picnic tables, toilets and water are provided at both day-use areas—near the camping area and near the falls lookout. Treat all water before drinking. A gas barbecue is available at the day-use area near the camping area.

Viewing wildlife

Use a spotlight or strong torch with a red filter to reveal the nocturnal residents of the park. Hold the light close beside your face and look along the beam to see frogs, spiders, possums and other creatures. The red filter will avoid causing stress to the animals.

Lookouts

The main lookout at Wallaman Falls provides a view of Stony Creek as it plunges 268 m in a clear single-drop, often through a rainbow-fringed cloud of mist. Wallaman Falls is the highest, permanent, single-drop waterfall in Australia. A second lookout provides stunning views of the gorge and the Herbert River Valley.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

To ensure an enjoyable visit please remember to bring:

  • a basic first-aid kit including a space blanket
  • adequate clothing for all weather conditions including rain
  • sturdy, reliable, worn-in footwear
  • a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and insect repellent
  • adequate containers to carry enough water for a day's walk
  • a water treatment device for treating all drinking water
  • rubbish bags
  • at least one form of communication equipment. Mobile phone coverage is limited. A public phone is located at the Wallaman Falls camping area.

Opening hours

Girringun National Park is open 24 hours a day. Some walks may be closed during the wetter months (November to May). Additional closures may occur for management purposes.

Permits and fees

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Permits are required for commercial or organised group activities. Contact us for further information.

Pets

Please leave your pets at home—domestic animals are not permitted in Girringun National Park.

Climate and weather

To ensure your experience is fun and comfortable, try to visit between April and September when the weather and track conditions are at their best.

Daytime temperatures and humidity can be high at any time of the year and nights can be very cool. Frosts can occur in some elevated areas. Please carry suitable clothing to accommodate all extremes. July to October is generally the driest period, but heavy rain can fall at any time.

Contact the Bureau of Meteorology for the latest weather reports.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available from local towns such as Ingham, Cardwell and Townsville.

Staying safe

  • Never jump or dive into water—there may be submerged objects.
  • Take care around cliffs, steep slopes and rock faces along the track, and at lookouts.
  • Stay on the tracks and take care on uneven surfaces, especially in wet conditions.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat and a long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days.
  • Wear insect repellent, clothing and shoes to protect yourself from stings, scratches and bites.
  • Treat all water before drinking.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

  • Leave your pets at home. Domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.
  • Do not interfere with native animals and plants.
  • Fires allowed (except when fire bans apply) in existing fire rings only. Do not collect firewood in the national park.
  • Take all food scraps and garbage with you.
  • Remember, this is a national park—everything is protected.

See caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

Wallaman Falls lies within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. It is managed for the purposes of nature conservation and nature-based recreation.

Wallaman Falls, Girringun National Park is managed by QPWS in collaboration with the Wet Tropics Management Authority and the Warrgamaygan Aboriginal people.

Tourism information links

Tyto Wetlands Information Centre
www.tyto.com.au
Bruce Highway, Ingham QLD 4850
ph (07) 4776 4792
email ceo@hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au

Flinders Mall Information Centre (Townsville Enterprise Ltd)
www.townsvilleonline.com.au
Flinders Mall, Townsville QLD 4810
ph (07) 4721 3660 or 1800 801 902
email tel@tel.com.au

Rainforest and Reef Information Centre
www.greatgreenwaytourism.com
142 Victoria Street, Cardwell QLD 4849
ph (07) 4066 8601
email info@greatgreenwaytourism.com
A partnership between QPWS and the Cassowary Coast Regional Council, managed by Great Green Way Tourism Incorporated.

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see www.queenslandholidays.com.au.

For information on road conditions contact:
Department of Transport and Main Roads www.131940.qld.gov.au or phone 13 19 40.

Further information

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Last updated
30 May 2013