Cassowary Coast Regional Council

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National Parks & Walking Trails National Parks & Walking Trails

Enjoy the tropics by taking a stroll through the rainforests and along the beaches.

The following walking tracks, walking and bicycle pathways are managed by the Cassowary Coast Regional Council.

Our tourist information centres in Cardwell, Mission Beach, Tully and Innisfail have plenty of information about camping and hiking in nationals parks. At the Innisfail, Tully and Cardwell tourist information centres, you can also make your bookings for camping in national parks in this region and all over Queensland.

Click here for a printable brochure Walking Tracks of the Cassowary Coast.

Innisfail region

Innisfail Riverside shared walkways

Getting there:  
Parking at Fossey-Fitzgerald Park.

What to see: 
This shared pathway takes you on a loop trail around the river and through the heart of Innisfail. Fossey-Fitzgerald Park is on Fitzgerald Esplanade, where there is caravan and trailer parking and access to shops, Innisfail town centre and amenities overlooking the river. The walk takes in River Reflections, a series of eight hand-crafted mosaic panels telling the story of the Johnstone River region and its inhabitants.  Touch the raised images of turtles and crocodiles for good luck!

Warrina Lakes - Botanic Gardens Circuit Trail

Getting there: Parking at Warrina Lakes Centre off Charles and Emily St

What to see:
Just minutes from Innisfail's shopping centre, Warrina lakes has all the facilities you need for a great family day out.  Here you'll find a playground, small botanical garden and a charming lake with water lillies, ducks and turtles.  There are barbecues, picnic tables, shady trees, toilets, a large undercover aream and a pram-friendly walking circuit.  Enjoy a nice, easy-access rainforest stroll around the parklands, while also taking in a variety of rainforest and wetland ecosystems and looking out for rainforest and wetland birds.

Innisfail Town Walk

The best way to get to know Innisfail is to take the town walk. Take time to look up and admire the art deco architecture.  Many of these buildings have recently been restored, making Innisfail the "art deco capital of Australia''.  Interpretive maps are available from the Innisfail Information Centre on the Bruce Highway on the southern outskirts of town.

Mission Beach

Cutten Brothers Walking Track

Getting there: 
Access from Narragon Beach at the southern end (parking at Perry Harvey Jetty) or from the Ulysses Link Walking Trail at the northern end.

What to see: 
The Cutten Brothers Walking Track commemorates some intrepid settlers who made their living from timber in the early 1900s. The track takes you through beautiful remnant coastal rainforest and offers spectacular glimpses of Boat Bay. As you walk through, note the endangered arenga palms, king ferns and the large variety of significant trees. Look out for cassowaries and a wide variety of rainforest birds inhabiting this area. At its northern end the track follows the beach before entering coastal rainforest. At its southern end, it emerges from rainforest at the Clump Point Boat Ramp Rd to meet the Ulysses Link Walking Trail

Ulysses Link Walking Track

Getting there:
The trail begins at the Mission Beach Information and C4 Visitor Information centres.

What to see: 
The coastal walking track leads from North Mission Beach along the coast towards Clump Point and the Cutten Brothers Walking Track.

For information on the Ulysses Link Walking Track Project Plan click here.

Wongaling-North Mission shared walkway

Getting there:
This walkway links North Mission and Wongaling Beach & you can access it from Cassowary Drive.

What to see: 
The shared pedestrian and bike pathway takes you from one village to the other, alongside Cassowary Drive (also known as Tully-Mission Beach Rd).

Kennedy Walking Track

Getting there:
Parking at the South Mission Beach boat ramp at the southern end of South Mission Beach (Kennedy Esplanade).

What to see:
This popular coastal trail is an enjoyable and picturesque 4km (one way) route that includes beach and forest walking as well as island views. The track cuts through a wide variety of coastal rainforests to get to beaches and rocky headlands. It offers great views of the Family Group of Islands and the chance to see cassowaries, wallabies and other rainforest animals. Peer down into the ocean from lookout points to spot turtles, dugongs and dolphins. The Kennedy Walking Track takes you from South Mission to Kennedy Bay, past the landing place of 1840 explorer Edmund Beasley Court Kennedy. If you have the time you can then walk the length of Kennedy Bay along the beach to finish at the Hull River. The communities of Hull and Tully Heads are on the other side. Return is via the same pathway. This trail is suitable for a wide range of walkers, although the second half includes more stairs and a bit of rock-hopping. There is a wide boardwalk to the first beach, known as  Lover's Beach.

Tully

Tully Heritage Trail

Getting there:
The heritage trail begins at the Tully Information Centre on the Bruce Highway at the entrance to the Tully township.

What to see:
Take this self-guided walk through Tully's township to admire art deco buildings, memorials to the early settlers and some of the town's natural history.  The heritage trail has a series of 20 storyboards, each providing interesting snippets about the history of the town and its people.

Cardwell  

Coastal Link Walking Track

Getting there:
This trail can be entered anywhere along the foreshore areas at Cardwell.

What to see:
Enjoy spectacular coastal views of Hinchinbrook Island and the Hinchinbrook Passage. The northern end of the trail terminates at Coral Sea Park, a memorial for those lost in the battle of the Coral Sea. The southern terminus is at Colleen McLaughlin Park. This track links with the Melaleuca Walking Track

Melaleuca Walking Track

Getting there:
Parking and toilets are available at Colleen McLaughlin Park.

What to see:
Heading south you pass through remnant coastal ecosystems and a unique coastal wetland. There is access through to Port Hinchinbrook's marina where ferry services connect to Hinchinbrook Island National Park.

Other walking trails & bike trails

For information on other walking trails and bike trails within the Cassowary Coast region, visit the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing website at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au