Scenic Drives

The Cardwell Forest Drive is a 26 klm scenic drive, starting at the town centre and covering lookouts, fresh water swimming holes and idyllic picnic spots. 

Forest DriveEasy to follow signs mark the way and you’ll discover delights such as Cardwell Lookout, Attie Creek Falls, Dead Horse Creek and Spa Pool along the way.  Its beautiful water holes, natural spa pool and picnic facilities provide an enjoyable drive for all with wonderful bird watching and bush walking opportunities.  Set aside at least half a day to enjoy all the Cardwell Forest Drive has to offer.

At Five Mile Swimming Hole, 7 klm south of Cardwell, just a short drive off the highway there is a beautiful swimming hole, picnic and barbecue area.  A favourite spot for the locals.

Situated 15klm north along the Bruce Highway, is the tiny hamlet of Kennedy. The main road leading through Kennedy’s residential area also provides coastal access to Blencoe Falls. The Kennedy Valley forms the fruit bowl of the Cardwell Shire. Tropical fruits such as bananas, paw paws, carambolas, rambutans, lychees and longans grow prolifically in the fertile valley soils. The aboriginal community of Camu, resides in Kennedy, and is busy producing and selling authentic aboriginal artifacts.

Blencoe FallsThe historic value of the Kennedy Valley continues up Kirrama Range Road, where the Society Flats site is now enjoyed by visitors wanting to witness massive virgin forests, standing as originally witnessed by early timber fellers.

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.  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.

Back to the Bruce Highway and heading north again is the turn off to Murray Falls. A 22 klm drive west from the highway, The Murray Falls has a stunning 30 metre drop and is accessible by conventional vehicle.  There are great photo opportunities from the falls boardwalk, which provides wheel chair access and great facilities for picnickers. National Park camp sites are also available.

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Drive Map of Cardwell District