Things to do
Speewah Conservation Park offers many opportunities for visitors to explore and enjoy the easily-accessible rainforest of adjacent Barron Gorge National Park—have a picnic or barbecue, take a short rainforest walk or do some birdwatching.
Speewah is the nearest camping area to Barron Gorge National Park. It offers three individual multi-use sites plus a large communal tent-only area. Facilities include two gas barbecues and a wheelchair-accessible amenities block with a cold shower and toilets.
Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.
There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Kuranda, Mareeba and Cairns. For more information, see the tourism information links.
Several circuit walks are possible from Speewah Conservation Park ranging from short to half-day walks. Speewah is also a major trailhead for the long-distance one-day hikes that traverse Barron Gorge National Park. See Barron Gorge National Park for more information on the long-distance walking tracks accessible from Speewah Conservation Park.
Djina-Wu (get ready to walk) track (Grade: easy)
Distance: 1.5km return
Time: Allow about 1hr walking time
Details: This track links Speewah camping area to the historic Douglas and Smiths tracks of Barron Gorge National Park. It is an easy walk through spectacular rainforest with several creek crossings, boardwalks and a high bridge over a major gully. When you reach the Douglas and Smiths tracks junction (5 on map ) retrace your steps to return to the Speewah camping area.
Djina-Wu/Smiths track/Stoney Creek Road (Grade: easy–moderate)
Distance: 5km circuit
Time: Allow about 2.5hr walking time.
Details: Follow the Djina-Wu track to the Smiths and Douglas tracks junction (5). Follow the Smiths track for 1.4km as it climbs a spur through dense rainforest then, at the track junction, follow the track for 500m to Stoney Creek Road, passing through a gate at the park boundary. The walk return to the camping area along Stoney Creek Road (900m) and Smiths Track road (800m).
Djina-Wu/Douglas/Gandal Wandun/Smiths tracks (Grade: easy–moderate)
Distance: 8km circuit
Time: Allow about 5hr walking time
Details: Follow the Djina-Wu track to the Smiths and Douglas tracks junction (5) and continue along the undulating Douglas track for 2km. At the Gandal Wandun track junction (4), follow the Gandal Wandun track, a pleasant undulating 1.5km rainforest walk that links the Smith and Douglas tracks. At the Smiths track junction (8), turn towards Speewah and follow Smiths track to Cadagi Corner (7). Smiths Track then gradually ascends along a section of old logging track for about 1.5km then passes through the gate at the park boundary. The walk returns to the camping area along Stoney Creek Road (900m) and Smiths Track road (800m).
Djina-Wu/Douglas track/Glacier Rock (Grade: easy–moderate)
Distance: 9.6km return
Time: Allow about 6–8hr walking time
Details: Follow the Djina-Wu track to the Smiths and Douglas tracks junction (5) and continue along the undulating Douglas track for 3.75km, After the Gandal Wandun track junction (4), the Douglas track becomes steeper as it approaches Glacier Rock. A short (260m) side track (3) leads to the Glacier Rock lookout for views over Stoney Creek towards Mount Whitfield and the coast. The walk returns along the same track.
Picnic and day-use area
Speewah Conservation Park has barbecue facilities near the camping area and platform tables near the creek. There is also a wheelchair-accessible amenities block with a cold shower and toilets.
- Temporary closure: car park, Speewah Conservation Park 18 October to 12 November 2021