Located within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Barron Gorge National Park is characterized by lush, often misty, rainforests. The Barron River snakes through the park, passing through the chasm of the Barron Gorge. Part of the river — and a park highlight, easily accessible by Cairns — is the majestic Barron Falls in Kuranda.
The park is part of the traditional lands of the Djabugay Bama people, who are deeply connected to their country. In 2004, the Australian government granted the Djabugay native title rights — acknowledging the interests and rights under pre-existing Aboriginal tradition and law — to a swath of land in which the park is included. This made Barron Gorge Queensland’s first national park to be covered by a native title determination. Since then, a formal Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) has been registered to ensure that park management complies with native title interests.
Before European arrival, the Bama peoples traversed this land, developing trails linking the coast to the uplands. Now, you can hike these historic trails as part of the park’s walking track network. Just make sure that you respect and take care of the Traditional Owners’ country during your visit.