Wairuna, Girringun National Park Townsville | Tropical North Queensland

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

Things to do

    Image of tracks left in impressionable mud at Wairuna.

    Tracks left in impressionable mud at Wairuna.

    Photo credit: Andrew Millerd © Queensland Government

    Camping and accommodation


    Wairuna camping area has 3 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


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


    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. 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. 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.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.