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About Kirrama

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Getting there and getting around

Kirrama National Park can be accessed from both inland and from the coast.

Access from the coast is via Kirrama Range Road. At Kennedy, 10km north of Cardwell, turn west and travel 6km to the base of Kirrama Range and a further 24km to Society Flat, Kirrama National Park.

Access from inland is via Mount Garnet and Blencoe Falls and should only be attempted in dry conditions—four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended. From Mount Garnet, travel 4km west along the Kennedy Highway and turn left onto Gunnawarra Road. About 55km along Gunnawarra Road turn left onto Kirrama–Cashmere Road. Travel along Kirrama–Cashmere Road, past Blencoe Falls to the intersection of Kirrama Range Road and Culpa Road. Turn right onto Kirrama Range Road and drive a further 14km or so to Society Flat, Kirrama National Park.

Check park alerts and with the Department of Transport and Main Roads for local road conditions and river heights at Blencoe Creek and Cashmere Crossing. The Bureau of Meteorology provides updated weather reports.

Wheelchair accessibility

Wheelchair access is possible with assistance along the walking track at Society Flat.

Park features

Kirrama National Park contains rugged mountain scenery, lush tropical rainforest and open eucalyptus forest. The walking track at Society Flat—once the centre of a thriving logging industry—is the only accessible part of the park. Splendid kauris and rose gums are spotted throughout the forest as you meander along the walking track. These striking trees were left when the area was designated a 'beauty spot' in the 1950s.

Kirrama National Park is within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (WTWHA). The WTWHA meets all four natural criteria for World Heritage listing. These criteria recognise the area's exceptional natural beauty and the importance of its biological diversity and evolutionary history, including habitats for numerous threatened species. The WTWHA also has cultural significance for Aboriginal people who have traditional links with the area and its surrounds.

Find out more from the Wet Tropics Management Authority.

Camping and accommodation


Camping is not permitted in Kirrama National Park but there is a camping area with toilets, at Blencoe Falls in Girringun National Park. Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Other accommodation

Other accommodation facilities, including hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds and caravan parks, can be found at Atherton, Ravenshoe, Mount Garnet, Cardwell and Tully. For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do


Society Flat rainforest walk

Distance: 720m circuit
Time: allow 30–45mins
Grade: easy

About: This walk allows visitors to admire some of the giant kauri pines and rose gum trees that are features of the forest. It meanders through an old 'beauty spot', an area left unlogged because of its environmental and aesthetic significance. The boardwalk section is suitable for assisted wheelchair access.

Picnic and day-use area

Society Flat is a great place to stop for lunch but no facilities are provided.

Viewing wildlife

Kirrama National Park boasts an exceptional array of plants and animals. Rose gums, paperbarks, northern silky oaks, Queensland walnuts and kauri pines are just some of the trees growing in this park. These plants entice a variety of animal species including gliders, possums, honeyeaters, cassowaries, king parrots and musky rat-kangaroos.

Reptiles and frogs are abundant, with the amethystine python just one resident finding a home among the camouflage of the forest. Kirrama National Park also offers a safe haven for the rare tapping green eyed frog and the robust whistlefrog, both of which like rocks and streamside vegetation. Giant white-tailed rats and fawn-footed melomys may be heard scattering the leaf litter, while the soft rustling of feathers could be the beautiful Victoria's riflebird flying overhead. Macleay's honeyeaters, spotted catbirds, chowchillas, azure kingfishers and the rarely sighted golden bowerbird are just a few more species that call the park home.

Visitors to Kirrama National Park can experience an orchestra of sounds as the forest comes alive with bird calls, especially in the morning and late afternoon hours.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

It is advisable to bring:

  • a first-aid kit
  • drinking water
  • rubbish bags
  • a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • insect repellent and suitable clothing to protect against insect bites
  • binoculars—helpful for spotting wildlife.

Opening hours

Kirrama National Park is open 24 hours a day (camping is not permitted) and is generally accessible from May to November. During the wet season, between December and April, the road via Blencoe Falls from Mount Garnet may be inaccessible due to flooding.

Check park alerts and with the Department of Transport and Main Roads for local road conditions and river heights at Blencoe Creek and Cashmere Crossing. The Bureau of Meteorology provides updated weather reports.

Permits and fees

No permits or fees apply to day visitors.


Domestic animals are not permitted in Kirrama National Park.

Climate and weather

Daytime temperatures and humidity can be high at any time of the year and nights can be very cool. Please carry suitable clothing to accommodate all extremes. July to October is generally the driest period and the best time to visit, but heavy rain can fall at any time. During times of heavy rainfall, especially in the wet season (December to April), access may become difficult to impossible. Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Mount Garnet, Cardwell and Tully. For more information see the tourism information links.

Staying safe

To enjoy a safe visit to Kirrama National Park:

  • Carry adequate drinking water. Treat all water collected from creeks.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days.
  • Wear insect repellent, clothing and sturdy footwear for protection from stings, scratches and bites.
  • Detour around snakes. Never provoke them.
  • Seek local information regarding road conditions before departure.

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

Looking after the park

Parks and forests protect Queensland's wonderful natural diversity and scenery. Help keep these places special by doing the following:

  • Rubbish bins are not provided. Do not bury rubbish—take it with you when you leave.
  • Do not feed wildlife or leave food or scraps around.
  • Stay on the walking track at all times—this reduces the risk of injury, prevents disturbance to native vegetation and reduces erosion.
  • Leave domestic animals at home—they are prohibited in national parks.
  • Everything in the park, living or dead, is protected. Please leave everything as you found it.

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

Park management

Kirrama State Forest became a part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in 1988, and was converted to national park in 2006. It is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service in collaboration with the Wet Tropics Management Authority.

Kirrama National Park is managed to preserve the area’s natural, cultural and scenic values while providing nature-based recreational opportunities for visitors.

The national park is managed in accordance with the Kirrama Management Statement (PDF, 375K).

Tourism information links

Atherton Information Centre
Corner Silo Road and Main Street
Phone: 07 4091 4222

Rainforest and Reef Information Centre
142 Victoria Street, Cardwell Qld 4849
Phone: (07) 4066 8601
A partnership between QPWS and the Cassowary Coast Regional Council, managed by Great Green Way Tourism Incorporated.

Ravenshoe Visitor Centre
24 Moore Street, Ravenshoe Qld 4888
Phone: 07 4097 7700

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

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Last updated
4 December 2014