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Things to do
Camping and accommodation
Walk-in and vehicle-based camping is available at Blencoe Falls camping area. Toilets are provided and water can be collected from Blencoe Creek—treat all water before use. Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.
- Find out more about camping at Blencoe Falls, Girringun National Park.
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.
If you prefer to rough it, then limited bush camping opportunities exist as part of the Wet Tropics Great Walk. These are hike-in sites and campers need to be totally self-sufficient.
There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Atherton, Ravenshoe, Mount Garnet, Cardwell and Tully.
For more information, see the tourism information links.
Blencoe Falls provides a gateway to the Wet Tropics Great Walk. With 110 km of walking opportunities, including short and overnight walks, there is something for everyone.
Blencoe Falls lookout (grade: easy)
Distance: 400 m return
Time: allow 20 mins walking time
Details: to access this walk, drive 1 km north-west of the camping area and turn left where signed. It is 5.2 km to the car park near which the Herbert River Gorge lookout provides amazing views of the Herbert River as it meanders its way through the gorge.
At the lookout, soak up the sights and sounds of the falls as they race towards the Herbert River. Blencoe Falls plunges 90 m to the pool below, before cascading a further 230 m 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.
Jabali walk (grade: moderate)
Distance: 5 km return
Time: allow 1.5–2 hrs walking time
Details: The Jabali (pronounced Ju-bah-li and meaning 'whiptail wallaby') walk starts just west of the camping area and allows visitors to discover the rugged country of the Australian bush. The walk travels through open eucalypt forest as it meanders towards the Blencoe Falls lookout. Return the same way or arrange for a pick up at the Blencoe Falls lookout car park.
Fishing is permitted in Girringun National Park. Size, take and possession limits apply. Contact the Fisheries Queensland for further information. Estuarine crocodiles live in the Herbert River and have been seen near the base of the Herbert River Falls—always remember to be crocwise in croc country.
- Temporary closure Blencoe Falls lookout, Girringun National Park 26–30 October 2020