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  • Address: Lamb Range QLD 4870
  • Hours: Open 24 hours
  • Admission: Dependent on activity
Whether it’s hiking, boating or tracking wildlife, the lush hills and scenic passes of Barron Gorge National Park make up the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts to explore this natural Australian wonder, which lies just beyond Cairns city limits.

Overnight travelers can set up camp at nearby Speewah Conservation Park before setting out on one of Barron Gorge’s popular hikes, which range from an easy 1.2 kilometers to more challenging excursions between the park’s three main trailheads. Commercial rafting trips along the Barron River let daredevil travelers explore less accessible parts of the lower gorge, while wildlife lovers can find tree-kangaroos, flying foxes, spotted-tail quolls and even the endangered southern cassowary along the river’s edge.

Visitors often stroll along the banks of Lake Placid in the lower Barron Gorge, and the popular Skyrail Rainforest Cableway takes visitors high up into the park’s rainforest canopy.

Practical Info

The lower section of Barron Gorge National Park is located 18 kilometers northwest of Cairns, and the upper section is 27 kilometers outside the city. Rainy season lasts from December to April, so it’s best to travel between May and September to escape the downpour.

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Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

Seeking a white water rafting adventure? The Barron River, 20-minutes north of Cairns, offers spectacular scenery including the Barron Falls on this two-hour ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Northern Beaches, Australia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $102.48

4-Day Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Tour

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

Spend the day on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, visit an Aboriginal culture park and ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda on this fabulous ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $675.61

Small-Group Cairns City Tour with Optional Green Island Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

See the sights of Cairns’ city, port and beaches on a small-group afternoon tour! You also have the option to combine the tour with a morning cruise to Green ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: Cairns half-day city tour: 5.5 hours
Cairns and Green Island full-day tour: 9 hours

From USD $71.17

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