Starting from the end of Euodia Close, Barron Gorge, this walk takes you to the Speewah Campground and back via the Douglas and Djina-Wu tracks, visiting Glacier Lookout along the way. The said lookout provides you an exceptional and panoramic view over Cairns. Take your time and maybe try to name all the peaks you can see from here. As you continue your hike through this gorgeous rainforest, you may come across cassowaries and wild boars along with cute little echidnas. Treat them with care and keep your distance to be safe. The Speewah Campground midway can be a great spot to spend the night in nature. It has toilets, bbqs and showers for you to use, but don’t forget to book your stay beforehand. Don’t forget to bring swimmers so you can cool off in Stoney Creek after the hike. The area may be busy on weekends, so schedule for a weekday to avoid the crowd. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to Kamerunga Road, 91 then drive for 3.5 km
Turn right onto Stoney Creek Road and drive for another 330 m
At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Stoney Creek Road and drive for another 1.4 km
At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Stoney Creek Road and drive for another 420 m
At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Stoney Creek Road and drive for another 100 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the end of Euodia Close(60 metres southwest of roundabout/intersection with Stoney Creek Road), head towards the metal gate near the “Barron Gorge National Park” sign. Head over/around the gate and follow the trail as it leads you to Stoney Creek. 30 metres after you pass the creek, turn right at the intersection to continue along Douglas and Djina-Wu Track.....
Directions & comments
After another 120 m turn right.
The starting point of an alternate access track. An alternate access point from/to Douglas Track Road. Details below.
After another 610 m continue straight, to head along Douglas Track.
After another 860 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 520 m pass the picnic table (5 m on your right).
After another 315 m (at the intersection of McDonalds Track & Douglas Track) veer left, to head along Douglas Track (a vehicle track).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to the Glacier Rock Lookout, where you can get a much better view over the land. To start this optional side trip turn sharp left here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 660 m (at the intersection of Douglas Track & Glacier Rock Lookout) continue straight, to head along Douglas Track.
After another 1.9 km (at the intersection of Douglas Track & Gandal wandun) turn right, to head along Douglas Track.
After another 2.2 km (at the intersection of Djina-wu track & Smith's track) turn right, to head along Djina-wu track.
After another 850 m (at the intersection of Smith's Track & Djina-wu track) turn right, to head along Smith's Track (a residential road).
After another 75 m turn left.
After another 95 m come to the "Speewah Campground" (20 m on your right).
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 8.2 km to get back to the start.
An alternate access point from/to Douglas Track Road.
Directions & comments
Start heading along Douglas Track.
After another 230 m come to the end.
This side trip takes you to the Glacier Rock Lookout, where you can get a much better view over the land.
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Glacier Rock Lookout & Douglas Track Start heading along Glacier Rock Lookout (a footpath).
After another 260 m come to "Glacier Rock Lookout".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 260 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Douglas and Djina-Wu Track
4 h 30 min, 8 h 30 min to 2 days
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)