Things to do
Camping and accommodation
Princess Hills camping area has 2 separate and shady sites beside the Herbert River.
The camping area is closed throughout the wet season every year from 1 December to 31 March inclusive.
Camping permits are required and fees apply. Your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.
- Find out more about camping in Princess Hills, Girringun National Park.
A range of holiday accommodation is located in and around Mount Garnet and Ravenshoe. Blencoe Falls camping area, on the other side of the Herbert River, is 105km by road from Princess Hills camping area.
For more information, see the tourism information links.
There are no formal walking tracks at Princess Hills but you can walk alongside the Herbert River. Look for freshwater crocodiles and turtles basking in the sun, and see how many species of fish you can identify.
Fishing is permitted in Girringun National Park. Size, take and possession limits apply. Contact 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.
Fisheries regulations apply—information on bag and size limits, restricted species and seasonal closures is available from Fisheries Queensland.
Spotlighting at Princess Hills can be very rewarding. Three species of glider are seen in the park—squirrel, greater and sugar gliders. Commonly observed birds include—southern boobook and barn owls, Papuan and tawny frogmouths and spotted nightjar.
When spotlighting remember to:
- bring binoculars
- keep bulb wattage to 30 or less—this increases the chance of finding animals (by not warning them) and will extend your viewing times
- use a white light to explore the forest. When viewing wildlife, add a red or orange (cellophane) filter
- use all your senses to find wildlife—look for eye shine, listen for leaves rustling and inhale the smells.
- Wet season closure and temporary camping area closure: Princess Hills section, Girringun National Park 1 December 2022 to 9 July 2023
- Bridge speed and load limit: Princess Hills Road, Girringun National Park 22 December 2022 to 30 June 2023