Stoney Creek Trail
Stoney Creek Trail
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tcustance
Hawthorn, Australia95 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Stoney Creek Trail up through the forest and waterfalls has plenty to offer and lots of opportunities to stop and pick your preferred swimming spot/hole.

Closed toe shoes are recommended in most reviews - we did it in thongs & slides, but needed to be careful and are generally fit people. Plenty of people wandering up & down in towels, bathers & thongs too!

Last waterfall is truly beautiful and the water was refreshing after a hot and humid walk.

We didn’t stay too long, but did enjoy it! You could take a picnic and set up camp for a few hours if that’s your thing!
Written January 3, 2022
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Jaroslav Nečas
Brno, Czech Republic1,408 contributions
Jan 2020
Trail goes along the creek for a few kilometers. We were after 2 hours spending half of this time swimming in the pool on the creek. Water was a bit colder but still very refreshing.
Written November 30, 2020
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Alan M
Palm Cove, Australia73 contributions
Aug 2019
Wow, was looking forward to this adventure, but sadly disappointed. The beautiful trek was ruined by low flying small aircraft and helicopter tours , felt I was in a war movie at times, no chance to see the wildlife ,they were ducking for cover as each aircraft buzzed over head. When I got home checked the flights and was dissatisfy-ok Ted to find this was the route for aircraft to go to and from the Tablelands region and further. Plus regular helicopter tours from Cairns and Mareeba.
Written November 17, 2019
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WorldTravla7
Cairns, Australia6,042 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
This gorgeous creek and swimming area is just 5 mins from my home in Redlynch. The trail follows Stoney Creek upstream the whole way. Head up past the Douglas Track turnoff and wear good shoes as there is a lot of rock hopping involved (but boy it’s worth it). There are several spots on the trail where you can stop and swim in the rockpools and waterholes. Freshwater trout are there swimming alongside you and the water is cool and healing. If you come at the right time you will have this magical place surrounded by rainforest to yourself.

If you’ve got more time and feel like some huffy puffy / exercise I recommend the Douglas Track hike up to Glacier Rock for some great views of the local area.
Written October 26, 2019
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Fiona Harper travel writer
Cairns, Australia64 contributions
Sep 2018
This can be a challenging hike in the summer as it's mostly uphill, but most of the trail is in shade. Highly recommend
Written November 22, 2018
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Stu W
Cairns, Australia825 contributions
May 2018 • Family
Stoney Creek Road is approximately 12km from Cairns CBD and is accessed from the Western Arterial Road (locally known as Reservoir Road) near the Barron River bridge at Kamerunga.
Visitors must drive 3.2 km along the sealed Stoney Creek Road and after traveling through 2 roundabouts reach the end of the road and small car park. A Queensland Parks information board, local map and history of the area makes interesting reading.

Stoney Creek is part of the Barron Gorge National Park and hidden beneath the steep and wild forests surrounding the Barron Gorge.
The park comprises a sparkling mountain creek as it cascades through the rainforest over waterfalls and rapids. The creek is surrounded by a steep and rocky gorge.

After crossing a small concrete walking bridge, some 70 metres from the Stoney Creek Road car park, a well-marked track follows an old water-supply pipe and climbs along the steep banks of the creek.
At the lower end of the Stoney Creek gorge, a small concrete weir (under the concrete bridge) forms a safe rock pool that is very popular with young families.
A short 20 metres past the bridge is the lower trail-head for the Douglas Track which is one of two starting points to climb Glacier Rock. This track follows the ancient route used by aboriginals thousands of years ago.

The first 60 metres of the Stoney Creek trail is quite slow and involves some rock-hopping and picking your way over and around the exposed twisted roots of ancient trees.
After the initial climb the unformed track levels and follows a contour until the creek meets the track. As the track continues up the gorge, there are several rock pools and sparkling water holes dotted along the creek. These are terrific places to explore, sit in a pool and cool off or take some excellent water rapid photographs.
Walkers should beware of slippery rocks and be prepared for March Flies (Nov-Feb) and mosquitoes. There is no shortage of wildlife and walkers may spot some Brush Turkeys, frogs, tree snakes and lizards.
At a very leisurely pace, allow around 20-25 minutes to reach the largest waters falls and biggest swimming hole. This is a little longer than expected, however the walking track suffered some damage following the massive flooding of 26-27 Mar 18 when over 240 mm of rain fell in 24 hours!
The record floods deposited large amounts of debris and produced eroded gullies along the track that require some short detours.
At the largest falls the track narrows and climbs above the long swimming hole. Care is needed when scrambling over some large boulders to reach the remains of a concrete weir. This structure once controlled water flow from Stoney Creek into the Cairns water supply system.
There is no track beyond the weir however walkers can pick their way up-stream to more, private rock pools and small waterfalls and rapids. Within 200 metres, the Stoney Creek gorge quickly becomes very narrow and unsuitable for further walking.
Stoney Creek is a safe place to swim, however downstream towards the Barron River, crocodiles have been sighted.
Despite the popularity, and unlike nearby Crystal Cascades, Stoney Creek is a place visitors can find themselves peacefully enjoying their own rock pools free from crowds.

One of the appeals of Stoney Creek is that it caters to the whole family regardless of age or swimming ability. For most, it can be perfect for some serious chill-out time and bathe in some quiet tranquillity of the rainforest.
Fortunately dogs aren't welcome at Stoney Creek as it is a National Park.

There are no services, shops or mobile phone reception after the small car park at the start of the walking track.
Written July 4, 2018
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