The MAXTRAX team hit the road and stopped in at one of Tropical North Queensland's best 4x4 destinations, Blencoe Falls. The smash hit US TV series Survivor II: The Australian Outback focused the attention of the world on this ruggedly spectacular part of North Queensland; the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
The towering waterfalls, sandy riverbanks, sheer granite cliffs and crystal-clear streams that looked so fabulous on the small screen are far better in real life and if you’d like to experience them for yourself, you could do worse than to set up camp at the spectacular and imposing Blencoe Falls, in the beautiful Girringun National Park, on the Great Dividing Range between Townsville and Cairns.
The sparkling water of Blencoe Creek tumbles 90 metres, then 230 metres to the bottom of the gorge before joining the mighty Herbert River further downstream. Above the falls, Blencoe Creek is great for swimming while a nearby 4WD track leads to vantage points overlooking the falls and the Herbert River Gorge.
The drive up from the small hamlet of Kennedy (on the Bruce Highway 10km north of Cardwell) on the Kirrama Range Road (closed in the Wet Season) meanders beneath a canopy of lush tropical rainforest and begins a gradual, twisting ascent of the range.
Kirrama Range Road
Along the way, you’ll pass a couple of waterfalls that pour onto the road when flowing strongly, cross numerous narrow bridges over babbling creeks, and take in the view from a couple of lookouts that afford fantastic views over Hinchinbrook Island and the smaller islands of Rockingham Bay, or north over the beautiful Murray Valley. There are small sheltered camp sites along the creek above the falls as well as open woodland campsites for large groups.
Murray Valley View
When you’re ready to move on, you have the option of heading back down the range (the way you came up) or continuing your exploration west towards Mount Garnet or Undara Volcanic NP.