Visiting Wallaman Falls Section safely
Getting there and getting around
There are three access points to the Wallaman Falls Section of the Wet Tropics Great Walk; Wallaman Falls, Yamanie pick-up point and the Henrietta gate pick-up point. Access to all locations is from Ingham. Contact the RACQ at www.racq.com.au to enquire about local road conditions.
Wallaman Falls is 51km south-west of Ingham, about a 1hr drive through rural properties. Travel west from Ingham along Abergowrie Road to Trebonne. From here the route is well signposted. The road is sealed and Wallaman Falls can be accessed by conventional vehicles. Care is required on the range, which can be slippery when wet. Towing caravans is not recommended.
Yamanie pick-up point
The Yamanie pick-up point is 60km from Ingham, about a 45min drive through rural properties. Travel west from Ingham along Abergowrie Road. At the end of the road you will find a gate — the entrance to Girringun National Park. Please close the gate behind you. Beyond the gate 4WDs are recommended.
Henrietta gate pick-up point
Travel west about 24km from Ingham along Abergowrie Road. Take the second turn left, past the Ashton Hotel, onto Sheahans Road. Travel 2.9km along Sheahans Road turning left at the Wet Tropics Great Walk directional sign. From here the road is unsealed and well signposted. Please leave all gates as you find them. 4WD recommended.
There are no wheelchair-accessible tracks or facilities in the Wallaman Falls Section of the Wet Tropics Great Walk.
Be aware that estuarine crocodiles may be encountered in waterholes, creeks and rivers along the Great Walk. Crocodiles can be dangerous. Do not take unnecessary risks and remember to Be crocwise in croc country.
Take the opportunity to observe crocodiles from a distance. Stay well back from crocodiles or croc-slide marks. If you are approached by a crocodile, move away from the animal.
Ensure you read the walking safely information for this section of the walk and stay safe and visiting with care.
Before you visit
Essentials to bring
Some sections of the Wet Tropics Great Walk are remote. Walkers must be fully self-sufficient and pack the right equipment and bushwalking gear.
- Pack a basic first-aid kit including a space blanket. Know how to use it.
- Take adequate clothing. Be prepared for all weather conditions including rain.
- Wear sturdy, reliable footwear. Make sure your footwear has been worn in before you start your walk.
- Bring a map or track guide and compass.
- A quality, lightweight, waterproof tent and a lightweight sleeping bag and sleeping mat will make your trip more enjoyable.
- Pack a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and insect repellent.
- Bring a small hand trowel and biodegradable toilet paper.
- Take a torch or headlamp.
- Pack a pocket knife.
- Take a gas or liquid fuel stove with spare fuel. Open fires are not permitted. Remember to include a lighter or waterproof matches.
- Lightweight cooking and eating utensils and a container for washing dishes will make meal times easier.
- Ensure you bring adequate water-carrying containers to carry water for a day’s walk.
- Bring a water treatment device for treating all drinking water.
- Take waterproof bags for keeping clothing and bedding dry, and for storing rubbish.
- Pack nourishing, lightweight, compact food and high-energy snacks. Allow 1–2 days worth of extra food.
- For your safety, always pack at least one form of communication equipment. Mobile phone coverage is limited.
Girringun National Park is open 24 hours a day. Some walks may be closed during the wet season, between November and May. Additional closures may occur for management purposes including pest plant and animal control.
For your safety, walk in daylight hours only.
Permits and fees
All camping areas in Girringun National Park and along the Wet Tropics Great Walk require a camping permit and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your campsite.
- Book your campsite online.
- If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for other options.
Please leave your pets at home; domestic animals are not allowed in Girringun National Park and along the Wet Tropics Great Walk.
Climate and weather
To ensure your walk is fun and comfortable, try to walk between April and September when the weather and track conditions are at their best.
Daytime temperatures and humidity can be high at any time of the year and nights can be very cool. Frosts can occur in some elevated areas. Please carry suitable clothing to accommodate all extremes. July to October is generally the driest period, but heavy rain can fall at any time.
Always be prepared for wet weather. After rain, creeks and rivers along the Great Walk may flood. Always check the weather forecast before you begin your walk. Contact the Bureau of Meteorology for the latest weather reports.
Fuel and supplies
Fuel and supplies are available from local towns such as Ingham, Cardwell and Townsville.
- Wet season closure UPDATE: Wet Tropics Great Walk, Girringun National Park 1 December 2022 to 17 April 2023