Hike the Finch Hatton Gorge

2.5 miles 492.1 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Jake Birch

Explore the vast hiking trails of Finch Hatton Gorge and then cool off in one of the many swimming holes.

Finch Hatton Gorge is located around 80km West of Mackay in North Queensland. It lies within the Eungella National Park and is home to an expanse of waterfalls, gorges and pristine wilderness. 

From the car park there is a well maintained track which leads to the two main swimming holes. After trekking for a kilometre you will come to a fork in the trail. The left trail will lead you to Araluen Cascades which is great for a swim and a few sneaky cliff jumps. The trail to the right leads you to the Wheel Of Fire Cascades. The latter being a much more trying hike as you have to cross a creek and hike up numerous stairs. In turn you are rewarded with less people and stunning views of the gorge along the way. 

On the journey to the Wheel Of Fire Cascades you can head off track to your left and discover amazing little waterfalls and swimming holes to cool off. 

Note: Don't stray too far from the path as people have been lost in these area's for days at a time.

The options are endless for exploring and photographing in Finch Hatton Gorge. If you're hungry be sure to stop in at Ulysses Garden Cafe for great organic meals.

Enjoy your time here and please take your rubbish with you!

Cell service is unavailable in most of the park.

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Easy Parking
Family Friendly
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Picnic Area
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole


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Local To The Spot

Finch hatton is oasis considering the area. You won't get as dense and pristine without travelling north to Cairns. Although the Gorge is getting busier and busier as more people find out about it. If you plan your trip for a weekday there should only be two or three cars there. Last note do everyone and the forest a favour, leave no trace and pick up any rubbish you see on the hike. ❤️

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