The Barron Falls Lookout (pictured above), is possibly the most famous waterfall lookout in Tropical North Queensland. It offers a full-frontal aspect of the falls, which are at their most spectacular during the wet season when the Barron River is in full flood. The lookout is visited by thousands of people each year and is accessed via Barron Falls Road, or from the Kuranda Scenic Railway train (who supplied our header image), which stops at the Barron Falls Railway Station. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway offers an alternative view from above.
Wright’s Lookout overlooks the Barron Gorge, with views of the coastal plains and Cairns. Wrights Lookout is 4∙7km from the centre of Kuranda, via Barron Falls Road. It is also the start of McDonald’s Track.
Glacier Rock (pictured here) is a spectacular cliff-top vantage point, perched high on an eastern extremity of the Lamb Range. It can only be accessed from the walking trails. For keen walkers, this vantage point is well worth the effort, whether you access it from Kuranda via McDonald’s Track or from Speewah via the Douglas Track.
Toby’s Lookout is positioned on one of the highest points on Smith’s Track. Walkers following Smith’s Track to the coast or planning an alternative circuit route through the Barron Gorge National Park will visit this lookout before they descend to the Stoney Creek Trailhead. The views over Stoney Creek Gorge toward Glacier Rock are spectacular.
Bam-An Lookout is the last major vantage point on Smith’s Track before descending to the Stoney Creek Trailhead. It offers sweeping views over Kamerunga and the coastal plains north of Cairns.
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