Blencoe Falls, Girringun National Park Townsville | Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: Kerry Trapnell © Queensland Government

About Blencoe Falls

    Park features

    Blencoe Falls, Girringun National Park boasts spectacular scenery and an array of plant and animal life. The falls plunge 90m to the pool below, before cascading a further 230m to the base of the gorge. Just as impressive is the Herbert River Gorge with its towering cliffs and dry, rugged ridges.

    Open forest dominates the escarpments and she-oaks line the Herbert River. Along the gullies and upper slopes of the Herbert River Gorge, vine-thicket rainforest scattered with hoop pines persists.

    In the open forest, animals such as the elegant whiptail wallaby and gangly emu try to find sanctuary from the heat. In the river and creeks, freshwater turtles can be seen basking on logs or peering through the surface of the water.

    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 Blencoe Falls, Girringun National Park.

    Looking after the park

    • Wash at least 50m from the creek. Use gritty sand and a scourer instead of soap to clean dishes. Scatter water so that it filters through the soil before returning to the creek.
    • Rubbish facilities are not provided—take your rubbish home with you.
    • Check your clothing and shoes regularly for seeds and dispose of them in your rubbish to avoid the spread of weeds.
    • Domestic animals are not permitted in national parks as they can disturb and harm wildlife.
    • Do not chase, scare or feed animals.
    • Camp only in designated camp sites.
    • Use toilets provided.
    • To avoid trampling vegetation, disturbing wildlife and causing erosion, please keep your four-wheel-drive vehicle on marked tracks. Failure to stay on the track may incur a penalty.
    • Remember, this area is a national park—everything is protected.
    • The use of chainsaws and firearms is not permitted.
    • Bring clean firewood such as untreated, mill off-cuts—collecting firewood from the park is prohibited.

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

    Park management

    Blencoe Falls, Girringun National Park was gazetted as part of Lumholtz National Park in 2000 before a name change in 2003. Girringun National Park is managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service for the purposes of nature conservation and nature-based recreation.

    Tourism information links

    For tourism visitor information centre locations visit Discover Queensland and for tourism information for all regions in Queensland visit Queensland Holidays.