Barron Gorge National Park is located in Cairns western suburbs and stretches up the Kuranda Range to the rainforest village of Kuranda. Barron Falls and its host, the Barron River, are the poster child for the park, attracting scores of visitors, particularly during the wet season when the waterfall is tumultuous. The Park is protected as World Heritage Wet Tropics rainforest.
Barron Gorge National Park has a network of natural and cultural corridors, some obvious, others hidden and obscure. From the lookout at Barron Falls Station, a short drive from Kuranda, human corridors are evident with the Skyrail cableway, new viewing platform The Edge and the Kuranda train line.
Hidden beneath lush forest canopy lay cultural pathways such as ancient walking tracks created by original inhabitants the Djabugay (pronounced Jab-a-guy) whose spiritual ancestors trod this country.
These same paths were utilised by logging, mining and railway workers and form the basis for a network of walking tracks across the Park. These trails are essentially crossroads of an ecological highway.
Wildlife also need access corridors and the Black Mountain Corridor, which includes Barron Gorge National Park, is a haven of protective forest, mere metres wide in some places. These corridors within the Park provide a vital link for birds and animals between the southern and northern reaches of the Wet Tropics.
Species such as the southern Cassowary, spotted quoll and Lumholtz tree kangaroos are some of the native animals who utilise the corridor in search of food and mates.
The best time to view Barron Falls is during the wet season (Dec to Mar) when wet season rains create a dramatic torrent that plummets through the forest-lined gorge.