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About Walshs Pyramid

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Getting there and getting around

From Cairns travel 25 km south along the Bruce Highway, past Gordonvale. About 800 m south of the Mulgrave River bridge (Desmond Trannore bridge), turn right onto Moss Road. Follow the signs along this gravel road to the car park where the walking track begins.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Park features

Situated at the northern end of Wooroonooran National Park, within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Walshs Pyramid is a granite core left standing in the form of a pointed hill when older, less resistant metamorphic rocks were eroded away.

Eucalypt woodlands cover the lower slopes while towards the summit, as soil becomes shallower, trees are more stunted and shrubs dominate along with grasses and rock ferns.

Every year, in August, this mountain is the focus of the ‘Great Pyramid Race’. Runners compete on a 12 km course, from the middle of nearby Gordonvale to the summit of Walshs Pyramid and back.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is not permitted at Walshs Pyramid. The nearest camping area is at Goldsborough Valley, Wooroonooran National Park.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Cairns and Gordonvale. For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

View from Walshs Pyramid over Gordonvale to the ocean. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

View from Walshs Pyramid over Gordonvale to the ocean. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

Walking

Walshs Pyramid walking track—6 km return (5–6 hours) Grade: difficult

The track up Walshs Pyramid is steep and rocky, with stunted vegetation that offers no shade. Although a difficult track, walkers who make it to the summit are rewarded with stunning 360 degree views of the surrounding ranges and local landscape. Return to the start of the walk via the same track. Walkers should take plenty of water, wear sunscreen and a hat, and start the walk in the morning to be sure of returning before it gets dark.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

It is advisable to bring:

  • plenty of drinking water
  • sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
  • good hiking boots.

Opening hours

Wooroonooran National Park is open 24 hours a day. Walkers planning to climb Walshs Pyramid are urged to leave in the morning and allow plenty of time to return before dark.

Pets

Please leave your pets at home. Domestic animals are not permitted in Wooroonooran National Park.

Climate and weather

During the wetter months, from December to April, there are frequent, heavy downpours. Maximum temperatures through the wet season generally range from 27–33 °C, with high humidity.

The cooler, drier months from May to September are the best times for walking. The weather is pleasantly warm during this time, with reduced humidity and maximum temperatures averaging 26 °C.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Gordonvale. For more information see the tourism information links.

Staying safe

  • This is a strenuous walk suitable for fit walkers only. Consider your ability and track conditions before setting out.
  • Start walking in the morning and allow plenty of time to return before it gets dark.
  • Stay clear of cliff edges—serious injury or death may result from a fall.
  • Wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Carry adequate drinking water—water is not available along the track.

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

Looking after the park

  • 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 not permitted in national parks.
  • Take your rubbish with you when you leave the park.
  • 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

Wooroonooran National Park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. All sections of the park, including Walshs Pyramid, are managed for the purposes of nature conservation and nature-based recreation.

Wooroonooran National Park is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service in collaboration with the Wet Tropics Management Authority.

Tourism information links

Cairns and Tropical North Visitor Information Centre
www.cairnsgreatbarrierreef.org.au
The Esplanade, Cairns QLD 4870
Phone (07) 4051 3588
Email: info@tropicalaustralia.com.au

Babinda Information Centre
Munro Street, Babinda QLD 4861
Phone (07) 4067 1008
Email: babindainfo@qld.chariot.net.au

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

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Last updated
21 November 2011