Barron Falls Lookout

20 min to 40 min
20 min to 45 min

980 m

↑ 56 m
↓ -56 m

Smooth & flat
Starting from the car park at the end of Barron Falls Road, Kuranda, this walk takes you to the Barron Falls Lookout and back via a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk, crossing Rainbow Creek along the way. Expect to be stunned by the sheer size and power of the waterfall as it fiercely gushes down the granite rock face. Best viewed in the wet season and after some decent rainfall, this waterfall is a whopping 260 metres tall. There are plenty of seats and informative signposts provided, so you’ll be able to learn more about the area whilst enjoying an extremely scenic picnic. As aforementioned, the whole track is wheelchair accessible so that everybody can enjoy it. The Kuranda Scenic Railway passes by the lookout, which you can book a ticket online and actually combine it with the SkyRail that glides over Barron Gorge for 7.5 kilometres. Keep in mind that dogs are not allowed in Barron Gorge National Park. 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.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
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.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-16.8364614,145.6423623)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Kennedy Highway, 1
  • Turn on to Fallon Road then drive for 1.2 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Mason Road and drive for another 580 m
  • Turn right onto Barron Falls Road and drive for another 1.3 km
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park at the end of Barron Falls Road, pass through the bollard and head towards the sheltered informative signpost. Head towards the boardwalk with a green “Barron Falls Lookout” sign next to it. Follow the signage and head along the said boardwalk to continue along Barron Falls Lookout Track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
After another 20 m cross the bridge (about 175 m long)
Then come to the viewpoint (9 m on your left).
After another 200 m continue straight.
After another 140 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 65 m come to a viewpoint.
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 490 m to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Barron Falls Lookout

Class 1/6
Smooth & flat
Length 980 m
Time 20 min to 40 min
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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