Walshs Pyramid walking track
Walshs Pyramid is an independent peak, rising 922m, with a distinct pyramid appearance. There is a steep 6km return walking track to the summit. Walkers are rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding ranges and local landscape.
- Journey type
- 6km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
- Time suggested
- 5-6 hours
- Difficult (walk)
- Conventional vehicle
- Lookout (natural)
Situated at the northern end of Wooroonooran National Park, within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Walshs Pyramid is a granite core left standing in the form of a pointed hill after older, less resistant metamorphic rocks were eroded away.
The track up Walshs Pyramid is steep and rocky, with stunted vegetation that offers no shade. Although a difficult track, walkers who make it to the summit are rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding ranges and local landscape. Return to the start of the walk via the same track. Walkers should take plenty of water, wear sunscreen and a hat, and start the walk in the morning to be sure of returning before it gets dark.
- This is a strenuous walk suitable for fit walkers only. Consider your ability and track conditions before setting out.
- Start walking in the morning and allow plenty of time to return before it gets dark.
- Stay clear of cliff edges—serious injury or death may result from a fall.
- Wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.
- Carry adequate drinking water—water is not available along the track.
Getting there and getting around
From Cairns travel 25km south along the Bruce Highway, past Gordonvale. About 800m south of the Mulgrave River bridge (Desmond Trannore bridge), turn right onto Moss Road. Follow the signs along this gravel road to the car park where the walking track begins.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
Before you visit
Essentials to bring
It is advisable to bring:
- plenty of drinking water
- sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
- good hiking boots.
Wooroonooran National Park is open 24 hours a day. Walkers planning to climb Walshs Pyramid are urged to leave in the morning and allow plenty of time to return before dark.
Climate and weather
During the wetter months, from December to April, there are frequent, heavy downpours. Maximum temperatures through the wet season generally range from 27–33°C, with high humidity.
The cooler, drier months from May to September are the best times for walking. The weather is pleasantly warm during this time, with reduced humidity and maximum temperatures averaging 26°C.
For more safety information see Walk with care.
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