Blencoe Falls

Blencoe Falls is one of Far North Queensland’s most striking natural attractions. It is located in the Girringun National Park,which is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

The segmented waterfall has an elevation of 517 metres above sea level. The initial drop is 90 metres before the pristine waters plunge a further 230 metres to the gorge below.

Plant and animal life are diverse around the falls and along the Herbert River. Whip tail wallabies, emus and freshwater turtles are just some of the wildlife that can be glimpsed in the open forests and creeks around Blencoe Falls.

The Warungnu people are the traditional custodians of the land. It is well worth taking the time to explore the rich natural and cultural history of this area, where dinosaurs once roamed among the hoop pines.


Things to do

  • Camping The Blencoe Falls camping area has access to fresh creek water and toilet facilities. Vehicle-based and walk-in sites are available. A camping permit is required and fees may apply. For those who want to really immerse themselves in nature, bush-camping is an option, but sites are limited. Campers at hike-in sites must be completely self-sufficient.
  • Bush walking. As part of the Wet Tropics Great Walk, Blencoe Falls is popular with bush walkers. There are 110 km of hiking track sin the area, with walks to suit everyone. An easy 400 metre stroll will take you to a lookout with spectacular views of the falls and the Herbert River Gorge. A 5 km return trip will take you deep into the eucalypt forest, while a two day hike to a bush camping site will give you a whole new perspective on this amazing place.
  • Fishing You can fish in Girringun National Park, but there are limits on size, possession and take. Be mindful of the estuarine crocodiles in the river.
  • Hinchinbrook Adventures offer hiking drop-offs/pickupas as well as scenic flights over this amazing area! Find out more here

Getting there

Blencoe Falls is 81.1 km from Cardwell via Kirrama Range Road. Turn west at Kennedy and continue towards the Kirrama Range and Society Flat. The camping area is a further 44 km. Blencoe Falls lookout is 6.3 km from the camping ground.

If you’re travelling from Mt Garnet, turn left on Gunnawarra Road and follow this road until it becomes Cashmere-Kirrama Road. Continue for 45 km till you reach the signposts to Herbert River Gorge lookout and Blencoe Falls.

Remember that flooding may occur between December to April, and heavy rain is possible at any time. Visitors are advised to be prepared and check weather and park alerts regularly.

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