Girramay National Park Tropical North Queensland

Murray Falls, Girramay National Park. Photo credit: Michael Petersen © Queensland Government

About Girramay National Park

    Park features

    Girramay National Park is comprised of two sections, Murray Falls and Edmund Kennedy.

    Murray Falls

    Murray Falls, Girrramay National Park is in the foothills of the Kirrama Range and is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Halfway between Cairns and Townsville, this a perfect spot to break the drive with a picnic. Murray Falls is one of the prettiest waterfalls in north Queensland, with spectacular water-sculpted rocks and crystal-clear pools.

    The day-use area is a great place to swim, with multiple small waterholes spread out along the Murray River. The falls can be viewed from the bottom via a boardwalk and viewing platform or from the top via a rainforest walk to a viewing platform overlooking the falls. People camping here enjoy falling asleep to the sound of the flowing water.

    Read more about the nature, culture and history of Murray Falls, Girramay National Park.

    Edmund Kennedy

    The Edmund Kennedy section of Girramay National Park boasts natural beauty combined with a diverse range of landscapes. The low-lying area has a wonderful variety of vegetation including lowland rainforest, open eucalypt forest, paperbark woodland, sedge swamps and extensive mangrove forests that include most of the mangrove species found in Australia.

    During the wet season a deluge of rain flows from adjacent ranges to flood the creeks and swamps. As the floodwaters subside, the swamps become a tranquil setting, the water stained with tannin from the paperbarks. During cooler, drier months the swamps dry out.

    This diverse wetland park is in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and provides valuable habitat for the vulnerable estuarine crocodile as well as the endangered mahogany glider and southern cassowary.

    Read more about the nature and history of Edmund Kennedy, Girramay National Park.

    Looking after the park

    • Camp only in the designated camping area.
    • Use toilets provided (Murray Falls). Do not put chemical waste down toilets.
    • Do not chase, scare or feed animals.
    • Leave pets at home—domestic animals are not allowed.
    • Stay on the walking tracks
    • Use rubbish bins provided (Murray Falls). Please take your rubbish with you when bins are not provided.
    • Light campfires responsibly using the fire rings provided at Murray Falls camping area and do not collect firewood within the park. Fuel stoves are recommended. Obey fire restrictions. Fires are not permitted at Edmund Kennedy.
    • Everything in the park, living or dead, is protected. Please leave everything as you found it.

    See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

    Park management

    Girramay National Park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and is managed to preserve the area's natural, cultural and scenic values while providing nature-based recreational opportunities for visitors.

    Girramay National Park was gazetted on 20 July 2007. Murray Upper National Park became part of Girramay National Park on 5 June 2009. This followed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the department and the Girramay Aboriginal people.

    Girramay National Park is managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) in collaboration with the Wet Tropics Management Authority and the Girramay Aboriginal people.

    Tourism information links

    For tourism visitor information centre locations and for tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

    Great Green Way also provides tourist information for this area.