Girringun National Park is located on the east coast of Australia in Queensland north of Townsville. This region is home to the Queensland Wet Tropics World Heritage Site. It was originally named Lumholtz National Park when it was created in 1994, but the name was changed to Girringun in 2003. The park encompasses the wet sclerophyll forests, the eastern slopes and hilltops, the Seaview Ranges and some of the most popular waterfalls in Australia. The main attraction to this park is the sheer beauty of nature and picturesque sights you will find. The park has several different waterfalls including Wallaman Falls, the longest single-drop waterfall in Australia. While visiting the park, you can experience the great outdoors at its finest. Whether your entire holiday is focused on Girringun National Park or if it is part of your Queensland holiday, it will be a memorable experience for the breath taking views it offers.
Girringun National Park Photo Credit: GoAustralia.com
Girrigun National Park Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Getting to Girringun National Park
Girringun National Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps
Townsville Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au
Townsville is 150 miles south of Girringun National Park and located along the central section of the Great Barrier Reef. It is one of the more metropolitan cities on the coast of Queensland. Although Townsville is a pretty urban city, there is still plenty of fun things to do around town. You can hire a car in Townsville and that will give you the mobility to see and do things around the city and to Garringun National Park. In addition to sightseeing in the National Park, some of the top things to do in Townsville and surrounds include visiting the Reef HQ Aquarium, the Billabong Sanctuary, and the Museum of Tropical Queensland. Nearby is Castle Hill, which is a pink granite monolith that is a popular hiking destination.
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Things to Do in Girringun National park
Herbert River Gorge Photo Credit: nprsr.qld.gov.au
Herbert River Gorge Lookout Photo Credit: nprsr.qld.gov.au
Girringun National Park offers up hiking, camping, fishing and sightseeing. The unique landscape of the park features dramatic landscape features and some beautiful waterfalls and oldest rainforests still existing on our planet. Wildlife in the park includes wallabies, emus, freshwater turtles, and many birds that make this an important bird area. There are fresh water or estuarine crocodiles, so exercise caution when near the water in the park. Here are some of the main features of the Girringun National Park:
Wallaman Falls Photo Credit: GoAustralia.com
Wallaman Falls Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Girrigun National Park Sign for Wallaman Falls Photo Credit: Wikipedia
The land and rivers that carved Wallaman Falls has been formed over the last 50 million years by the Herbert River. Wallaman Falls is the tallest single-drop waterfall in Australia. The pool at the base of the waterfall is up to 20 metres deep. About 100,000 people visit the waterfall each year, making it one of the main attractions of the park.
Blencoe Falls Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Blencoe Falls is where you can access some of the walks in the park as well as the camping. The different walks you can explore include Blencoe Falls lookout, Jabali walk, and the Wet Tropics Great Walk. The Wet Tropics Great Walk has 110 km of walking tracks of different fitness levels, and even overnight walks. Blencoe Falls lookout walk is rated easy and is 400 km return walk that takes about 20 minutes. From the lookout you can experience the sights and sounds of the falls from the top of the falls. The Jabali walk is rated moderate and is a 5km return. It takes at least 1.5 to 2 hours to complete the round trip.