Edmund Kennedy, Girramay National Park Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: Photo: Adam Creed © Qld Govt

Things to do

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    Camping is not permitted in the Edmund Kennedy section of Girramay National Park.

    Other accommodation

    There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Cardwell. For more information see the tourism information links below.

    Walking

    Wreck Creek walk—2.5km one way (1.5 hours) Grade: easy

    From the day-use area a walking track leads through coastal vegetation, emerging on to the beach about 300m south of the mouth of Wreck Creek. It is possible to return to the picnic area via the beach, but only at low tide.

    Picnic and day-use areas

    A day-use area with picnic tables is located on the beach at Rockingham Bay. Enjoy the picturesque view that overlooks 13 offshore islands. Take drinking water and remove your rubbish. Wear insect repellent and protective clothing, especially in summer.

    Boating and fishing

    Waters adjacent to the Edmund Kennedy section of Girramay National Park are protected as part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park. Visitors should check zoning restrictions. Cast-netting and line-fishing from the beach is not recommended due to the presence of estuarine crocodiles.

    For details of bag and size limits for popular fish species, see Fisheries Queensland, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

    Information is also available from the Cassowary Coast Council Information Centre in Cardwell.

    Viewing wildlife

    Much of the wildlife is nocturnal but birds and reptiles may be seen during the day. Beach shore birds, orioles, sunbirds, black butcherbirds and honeyeaters are common. The nesting mounds of orange-footed scrubfowls can be seen along the edge of the walking tracks. Lace monitor lizards are often spotted basking in the sun or scurrying up tree limbs. Small and colourful mangrove crabs emerge from their holes below the boardwalks. The area is also home to the endangered mahogany glider.

    See the description of the park's natural environment for more details about the park's diverse wildlife.

    Other things to do

    Arthur Thorsborne Aboretum

    The arboretum is located not far from the entrance to the park. Discover some of the local rainforest plants along the short, wheelchair-accessible loop track.

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