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Mamu Rainforest Canopy WalkwayUpdated: 14-Aug-2008
The Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway is now complete! Experience the exhilaration of being high in the rainforest canopy, and enjoy spectacular views of the North Johnstone River gorge.
The was completed in August 2008 and is located in Wooroonooran National Park, in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The Walkway is about 90 minutes drive from Cairns and 30 minutes from Innisfail.
The Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway offers a unique experience. Visitors will get close to rainforest plants and animals, from the forest floor to the forest canopy. They will also enjoy sweeping vistas of World Heritage-listed landscapes. Information signs will help visitors to understand the rich cultural history of the area and the complex web of rainforest life.
The site is on the escarpment of the North Johnstone River gorge, offering spectacular views over a sharp bend in the river and beyond to rainforest-clad mountains. The entire area has cultural significance for the MaMu Aboriginal people.
- 1km forest walk at ground level, leading to the elevated walkway
- a 324m elevated walkway, high in the canopy of this lush tropical rainforest
- a 40m-long cantilever and a 37m-high observation tower with two viewing decks, providing spectacular views over the North Johnstone River gorge and surrounding Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
- seats, information signs and artworks in shelters along the forest walk and on the elevated walkway
- an entry building, office building, toilets, bus shelter and a combined bus and carpark.
From the entry building, which is a short walk from the carpark, visitors stroll along the ground-level forest walk to the elevated walkway. This gives you a first close-up look at this rich tropical rainforest, part of one of the largest remaining continuous stands of complex vine forest on basalt soils. The walking track is an easy walk, suitable for wheelchairs and visitors with vision-impairment.
Visitors arrive at a shelter with seats and information signs. From the shelter a 40m-long cantilevered structure rises gently as the ground drops away steeply, providing visitors with their first experience of the rainforest canopy. At the end, a viewing platform offers a magnificent view of the valley below, featuring a sharp bend in the North Johnstone River. Visitors then return to the shelter and continue along the forest walk to the start of the elevated walkway.
The elevated walkway meanders through the rainforest canopy. Along the way visitors are able to view rainforest plants and animals at close quarters and gain tantalising glimpses of the river valley far below. Two small shelters provide rest areas and three linking sections will offer the choice to leave the elevated walkway and return to the ground-level forest walk, where two shelters provide seats and information signs.
At the end of the elevated walkway a short section of the forest walk brings visitors to the final information and rest shelter. From here a short elevated walkway will lead to the lower viewing deck of the 37m-high observation tower. The top of the tower is reached by an external stairway (not accessible for wheelchairs) and provides visitors with spectacular, uninterrupted vistas of the North Johnstone River gorge and surrounding landscapes. Information signs help visitors to learn more about this landscape.
The ground-level walk and the elevated walkway (but not the upper deck of the observation tower) is accessible for wheelchairs with assistance, strollers, and people with impaired vision or mobility.
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