Blencoe Falls, Girringun National Park Townsville | Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: Kerry Trapnell © Queensland Government

Blencoe Falls lookout

Journey type
400m return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 20min
Easy (walk)

Accessible by

  • 4WD

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (natural and constructed)
  • Walking

To access this walk, drive 1km north-west of the camping area and turn left where signed. It is 5.2km to the car park. Here the Herbert River Gorge lookout provides amazing views of the Herbert River as it meanders its way through the gorge.

Follow the walking track to the Blencoe Falls lookout, where you can soak up the sights and sounds of the falls as they race towards the Herbert River. Blencoe Falls plunges 90m to the pool below, before cascading a further 230m to the base of the gorge. Relic hoop pines shrouded in mist create an eerie feeling. Enjoy the view but remain behind the safety fence at all times and supervise children carefully.

Getting there and getting around

Blencoe Falls can be accessed from both inland and from the coast via unsealed roads that should only be attempted in dry conditions—four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended. Be aware that flooding may occur during the wetter months (December to April), particularly at Cashmere Crossing and Blencoe Creek bridge.

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 Range National Park. Continue another 44km to Blencoe Falls camping area. To access the Herbert River Gorge lookout and Blencoe Falls lookout, continue 1.4km past the camping area to the signposted turn-off, then 5.2km to the parking area.

If travelling from inland, follow Gunnawarra Road (from its junction with the Kennedy Highway, 4km west of Mount Garnet) 55km then turn left onto Kirrama–Cashmere Road. Travel 45km along Kirrama-Cashmere Road to the signposted track to the Blencoe Falls and Herbert River Gorge lookouts. From here either turn and follow the track 5.2km to the lookout parking area, or continue another 1.4km to Blencoe Falls camping area.

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

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Girringun National Park is open 24 hours a day. Some walks may be closed during the wetter months, between December and April. Additional closures may occur for management purposes including pest plant and pest animal control. See park alerts for up-to-date information.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Blencoe Falls safely and Walk with care.