Southern access short walk
- Journey type
- 2.2km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
- Time suggested
- Allow 1hr
- Easy (walk)
- Conventional vehicle
This walk starts at the southern end of the Dalrymple Gap walking track. The track winds through dry eucalyptus forest to the rainforest-lined Dalrymple Creek, before returning the same way.
- Read more about the nature, culture and history of the track.
Getting there and getting around
The Dalrymple Gap walking track can be accessed by conventional vehicle from both the northern and southern sides of the Cardwell Range.
The southern end of the track can be accessed via two routes from Ingham.
Travel nine kilometres west of Ingham to Trebonne, along Abergowrie Road. Continue on this road for another 18 kilometres before turning right into Elphinstone Pocket Road. After four kilometres turn left at the sign for Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest.
Alternatively, travel two kilometres north of Ingham and turn left off the Bruce Highway at Hawkins Creek Road (just north of the Herbert River). Travel 26 kilometres along Hawkins Creek Road. Turn right at the sign for Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest.
These routes converge just outside the state forest boundary. Travel for one kilometre before turning right where signposted for the Dalrymple Gap walking track. The carpark is a further four kilometres. The last five kilometres of road is unsealed, but can be accessed using a conventional vehicle.
Logging trucks use the access roads to Broadwater and the southern end of the Dalrymple Gap walking track. To reduce the risk of collision, a three kilometre section of the road between the Dalrymple Gap walking track and Broadwater has been designated for one-way traffic (east to west) only. Please use caution when travelling in this area and obey all signs. Sudden flooding during the wet season (December to April), or during or after times of heavy rain, can close access roads and the walking track. Contact the RACQ to enquire about local road conditions. Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.
The Southern access short walk is not wheelchair accessible.
Before you visit
The Southern access short walk, Girringun National Park is generally accessible from May to October. During the wet season (December to April) the road into the park may be inaccessible. Contact the RACQ to enquire about local road conditions.
For your safety, walk in daylight hours only.