McDonalds Track

Barron Gorge National Park

This historic track links Wright's Lookout to the Douglas Track, taking you from Kuranda down the Barron River Gorge. It provides views of the gorge from the southern side, seldom seen by the visitor unless they take the train down.

No Dogs Permitted
No Camping Permitted
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there:

Carry on past the Barron Falls Lookout at Kuranda to Wright's Lookout. To the right you will see a gated track, which is the start of the McDonalds Track.


Barron Gorge

Route/Trail notes:

The 4WD track is used by the energy company to maintain the power lines and pylons. The 1st part of the track winds through steeply undulating rainforest to Surprise Creek. The track then rises steeply and, at about 1km beyond the creek, opens up with magnificent views back to Barron Falls and to the east through to the coast. The track then winds downhill in and out of the rainforest following the power and train line, before linking with the Douglas Track just before Red Bluff.

From here, you could continue on the Douglas Track to Kamerunga.

This track is seldom used and many of the slopes are of a very slippery gravel. 


No Permits, no camping, no cost.

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Pleasant, easy walk and a bit slippery on the steep parts - just like it says on the tin.

Spidy on 21 Jul, 2019

I found this track by accident while at Wright's Lookout. It was only later that I was able to put a name to it as 'McDonalds Track'. An easy walk to start, before a steep slip sliding decent/assent at Surprise Creek. As the canopy opens up beyond Surprise Creek, take the short track on the left to the first pylon, as it provides the best views of the Barron Falls and east to the coast.
Watch for nasty Lawyer Vines hanging down along the track. Met this strange guy on the track who was walking from Kuranda to Cairns. Umbrella, no shirt, sandals on his feet and a man-bag over his shoulder!

F.A.B. on 4 Sep, 2015


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