Starting from Windin Falls Carpark and Trailhead on Gourka Road, this advanced hike takes you to the waterfall along West Mulgrave River and back, exploring the woodland of Wooroonooran National Park along the way. Embark on an epic and challenging journey that includes bush-bashing, creek crossing and navigating through a dense forest. The effort will be grand, yet the stunning waterfall and the rock pools below make this trip worthwhile. It’s a high chance that you’ll be the only one in the area, so you can expect to have the rock pools to yourself. This also means that you need to be extra careful. The track is marked by pink string/tape, therefore you need to have navigational equipment just in case. The creek crossings may become dangerous in the wet season with the steep parts becoming slippery as well, so try to do the hike under dry conditions. There are lots of leeches in the area so an insect repellent may come in quite handy. Look out for wild boars(feral pigs). 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.
Warning This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills. Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.
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.
Turn left onto Maunds Road, 52 and drive for another 14.5 km
Turn right onto Malanda Lake Barrine Road and drive for another 6.4 km
Turn left onto Topaz Road and drive for another 7.6 km
Continue onto Topaz Road and drive for another 2 km
Keep left onto Gourka Road and drive for another 7.2 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From Windin Falls Carpark and Trailhead on Gourka Road, head eastward along the singular dirt track for about 200 metres. Veer right at the Y intersection and start skirting the clearing to your right. At the end of the clearing, veer left and follow the track towards the northeast to continue along West Mulgrave Falls Track. Look for pink string/tape and add to them if you can.....
Directions & comments
After 30 m pass the "Windin Falls Carpark" (on your left).
After another 190 m veer right.
After another 3.3 km cross the ford.
After another 150 m cross the ford.
After another 20 m come to "West Mulgrave Falls".
About 100 m past the end is "Churnano Falls".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 3.7 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
West Mulgrave Falls Track
5 h to 6 h 30 min
Quality of track
Rough unclear track (5/6)
Very steep (4/6)
No directional signs (5/6)
Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
High level of bushwalking experience recommended (5/6)
Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)