Wairuna, Girringun National Park Townsville | Tropical North Queensland

Lake Wairuna, Girringun National Park. Photo: Andrew Millerd © Queensland Government.

Things to do

    Tracks left in impressionable mud at Wairuna. Photo: Andrew Millerd, © Queensland Government.

    Tracks left in impressionable mud at Wairuna. Photo: Andrew Millerd, © Queensland Government.

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    Wairuna camping area has three separate and partially shady sites beside the Burdekin 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.

    Other accommodation

    A range of holiday accommodation is located in and around Mount Garnet and Ravenshoe. The Blencoe Falls camping area, which is on the other side of the Herbert River, is 101km by road from Wairuna camping area.

    For more information, see the tourism information links

    Walking

    There are no formal walking tracks at Wairuna but you can walk alongside the Burdekin River. Look for freshwater crocodiles and turtles basking in the sun, and see how many species of fish you can identify.

    Fishing

    Fishing is permitted in Girringun National Park. Fisheries regulations apply—information on bag and size, and possession limits, restricted species, and seasonal closures is available from Fisheries Queensland.

    Viewing wildlife

    Spotlighting at Wairuna can be very rewarding. Commonly observed birds include sarus cranes, southern boobook and barn owls, Papuan and tawny frogmouths and spotted nightjar. Many animals are most active around dawn and dusk and nocturnal mammals may be seen at night by spotlight.

    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
    • avoid shining light directly in the eyes of animals for any length of time.