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Visiting Kirrama safely
Kirrama National Park can be accessed from both inland and from the coast.
Access from the coast is via Kirrama Range Road. At Kennedy, 10km north of Cardwell, turn west and travel 6km to the base of Kirrama Range and a further 24km to Society Flat, Kirrama National Park.
Access from inland is via Mount Garnet and Blencoe Falls and should only be attempted in dry conditions—four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended. From Mount Garnet, travel 4km west along the Kennedy Highway and turn left onto Gunnawarra Road. About 55km along Gunnawarra Road turn left onto Kirrama–Cashmere Road. Travel along Kirrama–Cashmere Road, past Blencoe Falls to the intersection of Kirrama Range Road and Culpa Road. Turn right onto Kirrama Range Road and drive a further 14km or so to Society Flat, Kirrama National Park.
Wheelchair access is possible with assistance along the walking track at Society Flat.
To enjoy a safe visit to Kirrama National Park:
- Carry adequate drinking water. Treat all water collected from creeks.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days.
- Wear insect repellent, clothing and sturdy footwear for protection from stings, scratches and bites.
- Detour around snakes. Never provoke them.
- Seek local information regarding road conditions before departure.
For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.
Essentials to bring
It is advisable to bring:
- a first-aid kit
- drinking water
- rubbish bags
- a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
- insect repellent and suitable clothing to protect against insect bites
- binoculars—helpful for spotting wildlife.
Kirrama National Park is open 24 hours a day (camping is not permitted) and is generally accessible from May to November. During the wet season, between December and April, the road via Blencoe Falls from Mount Garnet may be inaccessible due to flooding.
Permits and fees
No permits or fees apply to day visitors.
Domestic animals are not permitted in Kirrama National Park.
Climate and weather
Daytime temperatures and humidity can be high at any time of the year and nights can be very cool. Please carry suitable clothing to accommodate all extremes. July to October is generally the driest period and the best time to visit, but heavy rain can fall at any time. During times of heavy rainfall, especially in the wet season (December to April), access may become difficult to impossible. Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.
Fuel and supplies
Fuel and supplies are available at Mount Garnet, Cardwell and Tully. For more information see the tourism information links.