Canyon Resources Reserve Tropical North Queensland

Panoramic views can be seen from the elevated plateau in Canyon Resources Reserve. Photo credit: Ian Holloway © Queensland Government

Things to do

    Wúndu camping area

    Wúndu camping area is set amid Eucalyptus chartaboma.

    Photo credit: Anthony Staniland © Queensland Government.

    Views from the lookouts reach far into the distance, with little evidence of human habitation.

    Views from the lookouts reach far into the distance, with little evidence of human habitation.

    Photo credit: Shane Vidler © Queensland Government.

    Eucalyptus similis (yellow jacket) trees are characterised by their vivid yellow bark.

    Eucalyptus similis (yellow jacket) trees are characterised by their vivid yellow bark.

    Photo credit: Jodie Eden © Queensland Government

    The huge gum nuts of Eucalyptus chartaboma can be seen at the base of the 'half bark' trees.

    The huge gum nuts of Eucalyptus chartaboma can be seen at the base of the 'half bark' trees.

    Photo credit: Photo: Emma Staniland © Queensland Government

    Pied butcher birds

    Pied butcher birds are more often heard than seen as they sing from a prominent perch.

    Photo credit: Andrew McDougall © Queensland Government

    Black cockatoo (garrangarri in the Ewamian language)

    The call of the black cockatoo (garrangarri in the Ewamian language) is a drawn out 'kree' like a rusty windmill.

    Photo credit: Andrew McDougall © Queensland Government

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    The Wúndu camping area is set in an upland woodland with partial shade and a grassy surface. A toilet is provided.

    Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site. As mobile phone service is unreliable, book your site before starting your trip. The maximum length of stay is 21 nights.

    Other accommodation

    There is a range of holiday accommodation including motels and caravan parks in Georgetown, the Lynd Junction, Einasleigh, Forsayth and Cobbold Gorge Village. For more information see the tourism information links.

    Walking

    A short walk from the camping area are two impressive lookouts.

    Wúndu lookout track, Wúndu walk

    Grade 2

    Distance: 200m return.

    Time: Allow 10min walking time.

    Details: Take this short forested track to Wúndu lookout. Enjoy great views to the east including the Newcastle Range to the left and the edge of the McBride Plateau far in the distance. Please stay back from the cliff edge.

    Canyon lookout track, Wúndu walk 

    Grade 2

    Distance: 600m return.

    Time: Allow 20min walking time

    Details: Take this short forested track to Canyon lookout. Notice the unusual ‘half bark’ of Eucalyptus chartaboma. The name ‘chartaboma’ comes from two Greek words — charte, ‘of paper’ and bomos, ‘base’. This describes the soft papery bark that forms on the base of the tree and which contrasts with the smooth, white bark above. Showy orange flowers are followed by huge gum nuts, which can be seen on the ground at the base of the trees. At the lookout, enjoy great views to the east. On a clear day you might see the town of Einasleigh. Please stay back from the cliff edge.

    Viewing wildlife

    At Canyon Resources Reserve, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy nature in its undisturbed splendour. In the mornings and evenings, visitors will be greeted by the chorus of dozens of bird species including pied currawong Strepera graculina, rainbow lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus, pied butcher bird Craticus nigrogularis and red-tailed black-cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii.

    Canyon Resources Reserve has become somewhat isolated from the surrounding area. Since it is remote from permanent water sources grazing was never a viable option here, and the plateau has retained its natural character. Apart from the ample birdwatching opportunities, visitors are likely to see skinks and geckos, several species of wallabies and possibly the signs of where an echidna has been foraging in a termite mound for food.