Wooroonooran National Park

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Wooroonooran is a national park in Queensland (Australia), 1367 km northwest of Brisbane, between Innisfail and Cairns.

The park is one of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area series of national parks, and is a gazetted World Heritage site. Declared in 1988, the World Heritage area stretches from Townsville in the south to Cooktown in the north, and contains some of the oldest surviving rainforests in the world.

The national park covers most of Bellenden Ker Range and includes Queensland's two highest mountains, Mount Bartle Frere (1622 m) and Mount Bellenden Ker (1592 m). Walsh's Pyramid at 922 m in height, is located just south of Gordonvale and is one of the highest free-standing natural pyramids in the world. It also includes the parts of Australia that on average receive the most rainfall each year.

The park has two sections: the Palmerston and the Josephine sections.[1] Both the North and South branches of the Johnstone River flow through the Palmerston section.

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Waterfalls

The Josephine Falls visitor area was developed and opened to the public in the 1970s. The water in Josephine Creek originates from the slopes of Mount Bartle Frere and flows into the Russell River. A 600 m walking track leads through rainforest to recently constructed platforms which allow safe views of the falls. Several people have been injured and killed in the falls as the granite rocks are extremely slippery so access to the top pool beyond the platforms is prohibited. Living around the falls area is the endemic Bartle Frere skink.[1]

Thirty kilometers west of the Bruce Highway along the Palmerston Highway, tracks lead to Tchupala Falls and Wallicher Falls. The Tchupala Falls track is approximately 600 meters. and the track to Wallicher Falls is approximately 800 meters. Both falls are part of Henrietta Creek.

Nandroya Falls may be accessed from a walking track originating at Henrietta Creek Campground. The walk is 2.2km by the shortest route. At Nandroya Falls, the Douglas Creek drops in a narrow, uninterrupted, 50 meter fall from a basalt parapet. There is also a second shorter and wider tumble. Silver Creek Falls is also visible from the track.

Whites Falls are found on Behana Creek, above Clamshell Falls.

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