Palmerston (Doongan), Wooroonooran National Park Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: Photo: Paul Curtis © Qld Govt

Visiting Palmerston safely

    Crawfords lookout offers views over the North Johnstone River gorge, Palmerston. Photo: WTMA.

    Crawfords lookout offers views over the North Johnstone River gorge, Palmerston. Photo: WTMA.

    King ferns along K-tree Road, Misty Mountains. Photo: Queensland Government.

    King ferns along K-tree Road, Misty Mountains. Photo: Queensland Government.

    Keep away from wait-a-while (lawyer cane) growing along the tracks. Photo: Greg Watson.

    Keep away from wait-a-while (lawyer cane) growing along the tracks. Photo: Greg Watson.

    Stinging trees can be present along track edges in disturbed rainforest.

    Stinging tree. Photo: Queensland Government.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    Well-buttressed trees can be seen along walking tracks. Photo: Greg Watson.

    Well-buttressed trees can be seen along walking tracks. Photo: Greg Watson.

    Henrietta Creek near the camping area is a popular place to refresh. Photo: Greg Watson.

    Henrietta Creek near the camping area is a popular place to refresh. Photo: Greg Watson.

    Getting there and getting around

    Maps

    From Cairns

    Travel south along the Bruce Highway towards Innisfail. Turn right onto the Palmerston Highway 5km north of Innisfail (83km south of Cairns). The Palmerston Highway runs through the Palmerston (Doongan) section of Wooroonooran National Park. The northern side of the highway is well-developed for visitors, with easy access to the Mamu Tropical Skywalk (27km along the Palmerston Highway from the turn-off), Crawfords lookout (a further 1km from the walkway), Gooligans picnic area (4km from the walkway) and Henrietta Creek camping area (5km from the walkway).

    From the Atherton and Evelyn tablelands

    Travel to Millaa Millaa and follow the Palmerston Highway down the range towards Innisfail. Henrietta Creek camping area is 25km from Millaa Millaa.

    Linking to the Misty Mountains

    The southern side of the Palmerston Highway is part of the Misty Mountains wilderness tracks. For access to the Misty Mountains, turn south off the Palmerston Highway on to K-tree Road. This unsealed road is on the opposite side of the highway to the Tchupala and Wallicher Falls walking track. South Johnstone camping area is 12.8km along this road.

    Wheelchair accessibility

    The toilets at Henrietta Creek camping area are wheelchair-accessible.

    Staying safe

    • Never jump or dive into water—there may be submerged objects.
    • Take care around steep slopes and rock faces along the tracks.
    • Stay on the track and take care on uneven surfaces, especially in wet conditions and when walking near slippery rocks along streams and creeks.
    • Do not attempt to cross strong flowing creeks and streams—flooding can occur during and after heavy or prolonged periods of rain.
    • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat and a long sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days.
    • Treat tap and creek water before use.
    • Wear appropriate clothing and insect repellent for protection against stings, scratches and insect bites, especially bites from leeches and ticks. March flies are prevalent from September to December.
    • Beware of stinging trees. They grow to 4m high and have large, heart-shaped leaves with serrated edges. Do not touch these plants as it will almost certainly result in a very painful sting. If you are stung and symptoms are severe, seek medical advice.
    • Special care should be taken when driving on unsealed roads in the Misty Mountains.

    For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

    Before you visit

    Essentials to bring

    To ensure a safe and enjoyable visit always bring:

    • sturdy, reliable footwear
    • a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and protective clothing for walking or cycling
    • adequate drinking water and equipment for treating water
    • rubbish bags.

    Opening hours

    Wooroonooran National Park is open 24hrs a day. Some walks may be closed during the wetter months, between October and May, because of flooding creeks. Roads in the Misty Mountains may be closed in periods of wet weather. Additional closures may occur for management purposes including pest plant and pest animal control— check for park alerts.

    Permits and fees

    Camping permits

    Camping permits are required and fees apply. Your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

    Other permits

    If you intend conducting a commercial tour, wedding, school excursion or scientific research in Wooroonooran National Park, a permit may be required. See park permits and policies for further information.

    Pets

    Domestic animals are not permitted in Wooroonooran National Park.

    Climate and weather

    Wooroonooran National Park has a tropical climate. Daytime temperatures and humidity can be high at any time of the year and nights can be very cool. Visitors should carry clothing suitable for all extremes. August to September is generally the driest period, but heavy rain can fall at any time. The cooler months of the year, from April to September, with an average maximum temperature of 26°C, are the best times to visit.

    For more information, see the tourism information links.

    Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

    Fuel and supplies

    Fuel and supplies are available from local towns including Cairns, Innisfail, Millaa Millaa, Malanda and Atherton.  For more information, see the tourism information links.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.