Things to do
- Find out more about camping in the Palmerston (Doongan) section of Wooroonooran National Park.
Camping permits are required and fees apply. Your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.
A range of holiday accommodation is available in and around Innisfail, the Atherton Tableland and Cairns. For more information, see the tourism information links.
There are a variety of walks at Palmerston (Doongan), Wooroonooran National Park. For more information see Journeys.
To the south of the Palmerston Highway, a 36km scenic drive winds through picturesque rainforest from the Palmerston Highway, via the K-tree, Maple Creek and Sutties Gap roads, to the Ravenshoe–Millaa Millaa scenic drive (Old Palmerston Highway) about 12.5km east of Ravenshoe.
Sutties Gap, K-tree, Maple Creek, Bora Ground and Maalan roads are all unsealed—four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended for Sutties Gap, Maple Creek, Bora Ground and Maalan roads. All roads are unsuitable for caravans, motor homes or buses. Roads may be slippery when wet. Gates at the entrance to these roads may be locked to stop access during times of extremely wet weather or for road works—check for park alerts.
Picnic and day-use areas
Henrietta Creek camping area has picnic tables, free gas barbecues and toilet facilities. Toilets are wheelchair accessible.
Gooligans picnic area, 1km down the Palmerston Highway from Henrietta Creek camping area, has picnic tables and toilets.
South Johnstone camping area, 12.8km along K-tree Road, has picnic tables and toilets. It is on the banks of the South Johnstone River, near a pleasant swimming hole.
Unless otherwise indicated, bicycles are only allowed on gazetted roads—they are not generally permitted on Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service walking tracks. Expect to share the roads with pedestrians, vehicles, trail-bikes and other cyclists.
Some of the nearby Misty Mountains wilderness tracks are shared tracks with mountain biking permitted.
The dense rainforest, with over 500 tree species, attracts a diverse range of animals and provides many opportunities for viewing them in their natural environment. Bright butterflies are commonly encountered. Observant visitors may see a platypus swimming in the creek or a musky rat-kangaroo hopping through the forest.
See the description of the park’s natural environment for more details about the area’s wildlife.
Other things to do
This elevated walkway and tower, 1km east of Crawfords lookout, has sweeping views of the North Johnstone River gorge and surrounding rainforest-clad mountains. It allows visitors to get close to plants and animals, from the forest floor to the canopy. Information signs explain the complex web of rainforest life and the rich cultural history of the area which has great significance for the Mamu Aboriginal people.
Stop at Crawfords lookout to admire the view through a gap in the forest down to the North Johnstone River far below.
- Temporary closure of Bora Ground Road and Maalan Road, Palmerston (Doongan) section, Wooroonooran National Park 1 December 2022 to 3 March 2023