Track Summary:
  • Track name: Smiths Track
  • Area: Cairns/Kuranda
  • Track Class: Rough Track
  • Type of walk: One Way
  • Length: Medium
  • Time: 4hr
  • Distance: 7.00km
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Carpark
Activities & Interests:
  • Lookout mountain top
  • Rainforest
  • Waterfall
Track description:

Smiths Track runs between Speewah on the Tableland and Stoney Creek in Cairns. This seven kilometre walk includes a variety of natural and historical features. The walk begins at the Speewah campground and shares the first 750 metres with the Douglas Track before diverging up the hill to an old road. From here you can walk down to Cadagi Corner.

Smiths Track winds its way through beautiful forest with large Kauri pines down to the junction of Fern Creek and Stoney Creek where you can refresh yourself in the small swimming holes and rapids. It is only a short walk up the hill to Toby's lookout with views down the valley to Cairns and the sea. From Toby's Lookout you can walk down over tunnel 9 over the railway line to Stoney Creek Road in the Rainforest Estate. Or alternatively, you can return to Speewah the way you came or via the old Yalbogie Track.

There are numerous links to other walks in this area, and you should carry a map. They are now all well signposted. The Gandal Wandun Link Track (1.2 kilometres) can also be used to walk from Smiths Track to Douglas Track closer to the Speewah end of the walks.

How to get there:

From the Speewah end: Turn left off the Kennedy Highway at Douglas Track Road (to Speewah). Take the next right onto Speewah Road and drive to Stoney Creek Road. Follow Stoney Creek Road past Kelly Road and across a small bridge. The track soon after on the left leads to the Speewah carpark. You can access Douglas Track and Smiths Track from here via the Djina-Wu Track (765m).

From the Cairns end: Drive to Kamerunga and turn off to Stoney Creek and the Rainforest Estate. Follow the road up the valley. You will see a signpost for the start of Smiths track on your left near the scout hut before you reach Rainforest Estate.

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If you would like more information about Smiths Track:

See the NPRSR website pages for Barron Gorge National Park.

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