Beautiful lowland rainforest, wild rivers, the North Johnston River gorge and waterfalls make the Palmerston Section of Wooroonooran National Park one of the most scenic places in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Both lowland and upland rainforests can be seen in the Palmerston Section.
Rainforest reaches its greatest diversity here in this high rainfall area. More than 500 species of rainforest trees are found here, including blackbean, milky pine, water gum and red tulip oak. also there is some very rare wildlife that calls this part of the tropic home , including the tiny musky rat-kangaroo, double-eyed fig-parrot and chowchilla.
The Wari and Dulgubara people who lived in and near the Palmerston area have a special connection to this place. In 1882, explorer and bushman Christie Palmerston walked from Innisfail to Herberton with Aboriginal guides in 12 days, an incredible feat in those days. The highway follows the route he took and the park section and highway are named in his memory.
on the Palmerston Highway midway between Innisfail and Millaa Millaa is the Mamu skywalk.
It is situated on the eastern edge of the World Heritage Area near Crawfords Lookout. The walk offers spectacular views across the North Johnston River valley and the rare opportunity to walk through the tree tops and observe the numerous birds, fruits and flowers in the rainforest canopy. The tower at the end of the walk reaches 37m above the ground
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Walks in the regions
Crawfords Lookout Walk
(4 km: 2-3 hours Long).
From Crawford's Lookout the track winds down into the North Johnstone River Gorge, dropping some 500m in the 1.5 km walk.
Tchuplala Falls Walk
( 1.2 km: 1 hour Long)
From the K Tree entrance on the Palmerston Highway to Tchupala Falls is only about 600 metres.
Wallicher Falls (Henrietta Creek) Walk
(3 km: 1-2 hours Long).
This track leads fist to Wallicher Falls which, though relatively small, are spectacular. Access to the bottom of the falls can be gained alter crossing Henrietta Creek The track then climbs a little before following the contours above Henrietta Creek through some very tall and dense-canopied rainforest. The 1.7 km return to K-Tree via the highway takes approximately 45 minutes.
Henrietta Creek Bush Camp
(800m: 15 min Long).
This short track follows Henrietta Creek. linking the picnic and camping areas. Camp in the rainforest at Henrietta Creek. Tent and caravan sites, toilets, a shelter shed and picnic tables are provided. This is an excellent track from which to view wildlife. such as the musky rat-kangaroo. and platypus and tortoises in the creek. The return via the highway. takes approximately 15 minutes.
Please visit www.DEMRS.qld.gov.au for camping fees
Henrietta Douglas Creek Walk
(2.5 km: 1-1.5 hours Long).
From the camping area the track Climbs the ridge that separates Henrietta and Douglas creeks. It then winds slowly down towards Nandroya Falls (50m) via Silver Creek Falls (10m). Return either along the main Nandroya Falls track or via the circuit track, 3.5 km (2-3 hours). This circuit track initially follows Douglas Creek passing some excellent swimming holes. It then skins a steep hillside before rejoining the main track 1 km from the camping area
If you are chasing somthing a little more serious there is a track to climb Mount Bartle Frere.
Mount Bartle Frere is the highest mountain in Queensland at an elevation of 1622 metres. The mountain was named after Sir Henry Bartle Frere, a British colonial administrator and then president of the Royal Geographical Society by George Elphinstone Dalrymple in 1873. Bartle Frere was British Governor of Cape Colony at the outset of the Zulu Wars.
The Aboriginal name is Chooreechillum.
Palmerston was the first man to scale Bartle Frere, setting out from Wareamber Creek on 24th October, 1886. He reached the summit on 26th October, where his barometer registered 6,000 feet. On the largest tree, Palmerston marked his brand 'P 26 Oct 86'.