Edmund Kennedy National Park is within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.Â Few parts of North Queenslandâ€™s wet tropics can boast the range of vegetation types found in this park. Â Only 4klm north of Cardwell, Edmund Kennedy National Park offers visitors walking trails, beach access, picnic area and carpark.
To follow in the footsteps of the early settlers, take the Dalrymple Gap Walking Track over the Cardwell range.Â The trail starts 15 klm south of Cardwell.Â Passing through the Girringun National park, the 10klm walking track is suitable for experienced walkers. The trail is comprised of open eucalypt forest with rainforest strips in the creek lines. For a shorter walk visit the historic brick-lined bridge. Rugged Hinchinbrook Island, 5 klm offshore from Cardwell, casts an imposing presence being Australiaâ€™s largest island National Park.Â With 393 square klm of spectacular beaches, glorious rainforests, wilderness walks and majestic Mount Bowen, thereâ€™s much to explore.
A 32 klm trek which covers the eastern coast of Hinchinbrook Island, known as The Thorsborne Trail, is popular with experienced hikers. The journey takes around four days to complete and walkers must be self-sufficient.
Bookings should be made in advance by using theÂ Hinchinbrook Island Booking Form.Â This trail is described as one of the 6 best wilderness walks in the world. Only 40 walkers are allowed on the trail at any time in groups of no more than 6 to minimize human impact on the delicate environment.
A tiny Eco resort situated at the north eastern tip of Hinchinbook island boasts a self imposed guest limit of just 50 people at any one time.
Next stop along the Kirrama Range road is Blencoe Falls, a part of the Girringun National Park and one of the most stunning waterfalls in Australia.Â Blencoe Falls is the northern gateway to Wet Tropics Great Walk, encompassing over 110klms of bushwalking trails and campsites.
Blencoe Creek plunges 90m to the pool below before cascading a further 230m to the base of the gorge. Camping, bushwalking and scenic drives enhance the visitors experience of this diverse Wet Tropic area.