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Douglas Track to Red BluffUpdated: 14-Feb-2012
Douglas Track is a long walk on rough track with moderate difficulty. It is 9 kilometres and we suggest you allow at least 4 hours to complete this walk.
Douglas Track is one of the various walks that make up a network of trails throughout Barron Gorge National Park. Cairns and Kuranda locals consider themselves highly fortunate to have such a beautiful, wild rainforest valley in their backyard. From the Rainforest Estate, the track follows an old sealed road up to a water tank and then winds through the scrub up to the Cairns-Kuranda railway line. From the nearby bridge you can continue climbing up to Red Bluff where McDonalds Track links in from Wrights Lookout. Red Bluff offers spectacular views down the valley, across Cairns suburbia and to the coast. This area has some historical significance, containing old railway and mining camps. From Red Bluff you can continue to climb along the ridge to Glacier Rock. Here is a wonderful spot to rest and take in the glorious scenery of the gorge below and the coastal vista beyond. The walk from Glacier Rock to Speewah is through some well preserved upland rainforest with frequent ups and downs and small streams. Keep an eye out for cassowaries and other wildlife.
There are numerous links to other walks in this area, and it helps if you take a map. You can do the entire walk and arrange a pick up at the other end, or walk from either end to Glacier Rock (about half way) and back. Another option is to use Smiths track to return to your starting point. The Gandal Wandun Link Track (1.2 kilometres) can be used to walk from Douglas Track to Smiths Track closer to the Speewah end of the walks. McDonalds Track can be used to go from Red Bluff to Wrights Lookout near Barron Falls.
How To Get There:
From the Cairns end:
Drive to Kamerunga and turn to Stoney Creek and the Rainforest Estate. Follow the road up the valley and park at Stoney Creek carpark and walk across the creek towards the weir. There is a signposted turnoff on your right to the Douglas Track. Or turn right at Douglas Track Road roundabout. At the top of the hill you will see a turn around area and signs marking the beginning of the walk.
From the Speewah end:
Turn left off the Kennedy Highway at Douglas Track Road (to Speewah). Take the next right onto Speewah Road and drive to Stoney Creek Road. Follow Stoney Creek Road past Kelly Road and across a small bridge. The track soon after on the left leads to the QPWS carpark. The track entrance is to your right, close to Surprise Creek.