Goldfield Trail is a 12.1 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Goldsborough, Queensland, Australia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.

Length12.1 miElevation gain1,719 ftRoute typePoint to point
BackpackingCampingFishingHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingRunningForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsMuddyRockyHistoric siteNo dogs
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This historic trail used to serve gold miners arriving on the coast as a means of getting to the gold mining region in the Goldsborough Valley. The trail could be walked from either end and terminates at the the Babinda Boulders day use area and campground in the south, and the Goldsborough Valley day use area and campground in the North, which both reside within National Parks. From the north, the first 9km of the trail is a well maintained vehicle track, however a gate prevents vehicle access. This section is shared use for both mountain biking and hiking, and after 9km a basic campground exists with a fire pit and cleared area for tents. Bookings for this campground need to be made via the QLD National Parks website. Just after the campsite is a long causeway that crosses the Mulgrave River and in the dry season is about mid-calf depth. The cement and aggregate causeway can be sharp on bare feet thus for comfort flip flops or sandals are recommended but not essential. Approximately 2km past the causeway the wide vehicle track meets a creek crossing and from this point becomes a single width footpad. There are 4 creek crossings over the next 1km at this point that all require boots off if you wish to keep them dry, thus it is recommended to wear flips flops / sandals. Water depth can be up to the knee. After the fourth crossing the boots can be strapped back on as the trail tends to be rocky and slippery. There are some steep climbs in places although they are not long. Once through the pass (about 6km's from Babinda) the trail begins to descend toward the coast and the walking becomes easier and less rocky. The trail terminates behind the playground at the Babinda Boulders carpark and the nearby river offers a wonderful place for a refreshing swim after the hike. Just up the road from the carpark is a free campground with toilets and non-potable water, which allows this trail to be backpacked from either end with a hiking tent, allowing a return hike the following day.

There is no public transport to either end of the trail thus one will need to either organise for a vehicle at both ends, or complete the walk as an out and back (requiring backpacking equipment for overnight). Whilst the trail could be completed as an out and back in a single day, this would be a nearly 40km walk through difficult terrain and should only be attempted by those experienced and fit enough to do so. There are many tour operators in Cairns who run regular services to Babinda Boulders thus transport to this point could be arranged, although this is confirmed for certain.

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Charmayne Davis
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Set off from Goldsborough end, 2 hikers with minimal to moderate experience. Nice easy pace to causeway in 2hrs. Remaining 11km took 4.5hrs, last 6km before Babinda Boulders still had lots of debris/ trees over the track but nothing un passable. Leeches were ferocious.

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Robert Taylor
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A beautiful trail in theory - as it stood in

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Rachel Schmidt
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Completed over two days as I backtracked (38.1km in total). Pretty hot and very humid in summer but a few spots to fill up water from the Babinda to Causeway section. Primarily all forestry road and an easy walk from Causeway to Goldsborough Valley section. The track from Babinda to the Causeway is very easy to follow, some decent sized pigs in this section. The causeway is a great spot for a swim with jungle perch and a few turtles. A good long distance hike that isn't too hard or steep.

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B Spe
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We started at the Goldsburgh valley end and took 5.5hrs. it's a lovely hike, mostly easy except for the saddle in the middle. I think it would be better to start at Babinda, and have a break at the Mulgrave river crossing (which is the best part of the hike). We saw a few pigs and a cassowary.

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Andrew Grayndler
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Started from the Goldfields end to the Mulgrave River camp ground and back. im a beginner and thought it was a great walk for a beginner. The walk was along a vehicle track of varying ground. loads of hidden rocks to roll ankles so be sure-footed. Bit of damp clay and moss about but footing and traction was very good. Theres a hybrid loo at Mulgrave River camp, as well as a fire pit and a bit of flat ground. Thoroughly enjoyed the walk.

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Rhonda Sciacca
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We prepared ourselves to walk just the section from Babinda to the causeway. This walk was not 8km as anticipated - it was 11 km to the causeway so 22km return and took 7 hours including a half hour break for lunch across the causeway. While it was a nice rainforest walk it was too long. There are lots of hills, lots of creeks to cross and there were lots of leeches. It would be better to do it one way and then it’s about 19 km total and the 8 km between the causeway and Goldsborough apparently is fiat so that part would would be quicker and easier than the half between Babinda and the causeway. I would do it one way next time but have no intention of ever doing the section between Babinda and the causeway again as for me it’s too long.

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Joyce Gehr
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Did this as an overnight from Goldsborough to the causeway, to Babinda to trial packweight hiking. The first half was lovely and an easy relatively flat forestry trail. 1km from crossing the causeway there are a series of 4 creek crossings ober 2km that sandals would be useful for. the trail then gets technical, especially if wet, and diversions are necessary in areas where trees have fallen. one section is marked by pink tape but also has a lot of stinging tree and wait a while growing. take seccateurs to help keep the trail open. The 2nd half took longer than anticipated but was a nice walk. Plenty of leeches.

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Warren Robb
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started at boulders( southern end). 5 hrs walk time..the southern half is way better as it is a track through some cool rainforest with creeks and falls, but the northern half is just along a wide vehicle access track..still a worthwhile hike..lots of wait a while, had to detour a few times..take some secateurs.

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Armitage Shanks
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A great trail through the beautiful rainforest. For fit and serious bush walkers this is just fantastic. I agree with the reviews below. PLEASE BE CAREFUL. Me and my girlfriend went in the middle of the wet season, she did not have a high level of fitness, we didnt tell anyone we were going, had no idea that the trail was so remote, and didnt take insect repellent. We had to stop at the campsite halfway, not knowing that it has very minimal facilities. Looking back, it was one of those "what the f**k were we thinking?!" hikes that I think everyone is guilty of at least once in their lifetime. I'm ashamed to have shown such poor judgement. So yeah.. ..dont do what we did.

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Rachel Platte
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Great walk, done in early April- tail end of wet season. Countless pristine creeks and streams; rainforest with majestic king ferns. However, navigating the track after the causeway (boulders side) gets tricky because of fallen wait-a-while. Lost count the number of times alternative paths needed to be sought (6+) around a block. Slight wash out on part of the track halfway. Well signed every 1-2km.

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Rachel Schmidt
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Rachel Schmidt
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Carly Hilton
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Hannah King
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sarah de bree
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Alison Kirkwood
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Gareth Jenkins
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Matthew Kempe
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Sam Kamp
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