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#37 of 632 national parks in Australia

Best trails in Barron Gorge National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Barron Gorge National Park, Queensland? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 6 hard trails in Barron Gorge National Park ranging from 4.3 to 14.6 miles and from 52 to 3,330 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The Barron River is the dominant feature of this popular park, which winds from the tablelands all the way down to the coast. One of the main attractions is Barron Falls, a tiered series of falls that drop 265m to the gorge below. Below the falls is the Barron Gorge Hydro-Power Station, which was created in 1935 to harness the power of the falls and was Australia's first underground power station. In addition to a large variety of hiking trails, visitors can also ride the parks scenic railway and cableway.

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Map of trails in Barron Gorge National Park
Park information
Acreage:
6,918 acres
Contact
13 QGOV (13 74 68)
Top trails (8)
#1 - Glacier Rock Lookout
Barron Gorge National Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 42 m
#2 - Weir, Douglas, Glacier Rock, Gandal Wandun, and Smiths Track Loop
Barron Gorge National Park
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 5 h 3 m
#3 - Glacier Rock and Stoney Creek Falls
Barron Gorge National Park
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 6 h 38 m
#4 - Stoney Creek to Kuranda
Barron Gorge National Park
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Length: 14.6 mi • Est. 8 h 7 m
Commencing at Stoney Creek Trailhead take shaded foot-trail McDonald's Track to Red Bluff and continue straight towards Kuranda. This section is mostly on a vehicle firetrack and is exposed to sun. This turns into Surprise Creek Track before arriving at Wright's Lookout. Follow sealed road into Kuranda from this point. Optional sidetrack to Barron Falls in this section. Steep in sections and would be muddy and very slippery after rain, considering distance could be done more enjoyably as a one way although the pools at Stoney Creek offer a nice way to cool off if you elect to return. Show more
#5 - Douglas Track
Barron Gorge National Park
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Length: 9.2 mi • Est. 5 h 10 m
An undulating well-signed rainforest walk that features dense vegetation of the Barron Gorge National Park. The walking trail networks in this region were formed by the Djabugandji Bama traditional owners, who developed trails that linked the coasts to highlands.Show more
#6 - Mount Williams via Smiths Track
Barron Gorge National Park
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 4 h 59 m
A challenging ascent up to Mount Williams starting on Smiths Track and then turning left for the remaining climb past North Peak before reaching the summit. Be sure to carry appropriate GPS as this goes off trail and may require some extra manual navigation.Show more
#7 - Gandal Wandun and Douglas Track
Barron Gorge National Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
#8 - Toby’s Lookout via Smith Track
Barron Gorge National Park
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Length: 9.4 mi • Est. 6 h 2 m
This track begins at the Speewah camping area trailhead. There is a creek crossing at Stoney Creek that should not be attempted during wet conditions. Show more