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Mareeba ShireDouglas Shire (7) → Mowbray National Park (Special Management Area) | Mowbray National Park | Port Douglas
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Found 7 walks

Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail
3.1 km return
1 h to 1 h 45 min
Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail
3.1 km
Return

Walk
1 h to 1 h 45 min

Starting from the end of the Esplanade off Macrossan Street, Port Douglas, this walk takes you to the scenic Rex Smeal Park and back via the Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail, visiting the lookout atop the hill along the way. This coastal hike along the ocean features an exceptional viewpoint that’s going to leave you in awe. Providing you with a 180-degree point of view, this lookout allows you to see far beyond the Four Mile Beach to the south, including the scenic mountain ranges in the distance. To the north on the other hand, you’ll be able to see the Snapper Island and Low Isles. The sunset looks extraordinary from here as you can guess, but you can schedule the walk on a sunrise to have a less crowded & serene experience. The gorgeous palm trees of Rex Smeal Park will welcome you to another viewpoint, this time more down to earth and personal. The soft grass underfoot makes this a great place to have a picnic as well. If you’re here on a Sunday, you can visit the ‘Cotters Market’ that’s set up on Wharf Street. Don’t forget the swim in the cool waters of the Pacific as you enjoy the amazing coastal scenery. Keep an eye out for jellyfish and man o' war. 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.

Highlights
Cafe
Pets
Swim
Views

Environment
Natural
Urban

Transport options
To start
Car


Hartleys Creek Falls Track
7 km return
2 h 30 min to 3 h 45 min
Hartleys Creek Falls Track
7 km
Return

Walk
2 h 30 min to 3 h 45 min

Starting from the side road off Captain Cook Highway, Wangetti, this return walk takes you to the Hartleys Creek Falls via a wide dirt track, involving a little bit of rock hopping to the waterfall after the said track ends. This lovely waterfall is the perfect place to cool off after a decent afternoon hike. Sitting beautifully amidst the world-heritage-listed wet tropics rainforest, it cascades down a steep rock face into a basin. Jump in and let your feet rest as you enjoy the tranquil scenery around you. Also, pack some food so you don’t miss out on the opportunity to have a peaceful picnic by the waterfall. There may be prawns around but don’t worry, they don’t bite. In fact, they may even clean you up by trying to feed off your dead skin. You can stop by at Flat Rock to have a picnic or swim as well, if the pool at the base of the waterfall seemed deep and scary to you. Remember to look up every once in a while to catch glimpses of the Coral Sea along the way. Consider the heat and the humidity whilst scheduling the journey. There may be small rocks and tree roots on the track so wearing a good pair of hiking shoes/boots may come in handy. Just to let you know, although it’s close to the famous Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, there haven't been any sightings of crocodiles here. 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.

Highlights
Swim
Views
Waterfall

Environment
Natural

Transport options
To start
Car




Found 7 walks