Speewah Conservation Park Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: Photo: Robert Ashdown Qld Govt

Things to do

    Speewah camping area. Photo: Julie Swartz, Queensland Government

    Speewah camping area. Photo: Julie Swartz, Queensland Government

    Boardwalks along the Djina-Wu walk allows easy walking for all ages. Photo: Julie Swartz, Queensland Government

    Boardwalks along the Djina-Wu walk allows easy walking for all ages. Photo: Julie Swartz, Queensland Government

    Speewah trail head provides access to the long-distance walks through Barron Gorge National Park. Photo: Julie Swartz, Queensland Government

    Speewah trail head provides access to the long-distance walks through Barron Gorge National Park. Photo: Julie Swartz, Queensland Government

    Explore the diverse rainforest on short walks from the Speewah trailhead. Photo: Julie Swartz, Queensland Government

    Explore the diverse rainforest on short walks from the Speewah trailhead. Photo: Julie Swartz, Queensland Government

    Enjoy a picnic in the day-use area after your rainforest walk. Photo: Queensland Government.

    Enjoy a picnic in the day-use area after your rainforest walk. Photo: Queensland Government.

    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.

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    Speewah is the nearest camping area to Barron Gorge National Park. It offers three individual sites plus a large communal tent 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.

    Other accommodation

    There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Kuranda, Mareeba and Cairns. For more information, see the tourism information links.

    Walking

    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.

    Maps

    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 (PDF, 165.8KB) ) 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 2.5hrs 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 5hrs walking time

    Details: Follow the Djina-Wu track to the Smiths and Douglas tracks junction (5) and continue along the undulating Douglas track for 2 km. 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 6–8hrs 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.

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