While not the most isolated hike in Wooroonooran National Park, Behana Gorge is still well worth a look! The gorge is part of the Cairns Regional Council water catchment area. The track to Clamshell Falls at the end of the gorge is in fact a cement road and a water pipeline runs alongside. The track is undulating and runs through riparian eucalypt forest.
There are plenty of opportunities to catch glimpses of Behana Creek along the way and there are also a few side tracks down to swimming holes. As the gorge narrows, it becomes steeper and the Rudge Lookout is reached which provides the first view of Clamshell Falls. After one last steep climb, the water intake facility is reached. From the road, there are tracks heading down to the creek. With some boulder hopping, you can get some amazing shots of the falls! I can’t wait to come back in the wet season to see them in action!
- Behana Gorge, Wooroonooran National Park, Queensland
- Distance: 6 km return
- Time: 90 mins
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Nearest Town: Gordonvale, 9 km