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The Dalrymple Gap Walking Track

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The Dalrymple Gap Walking track is a historical trail located 13Km south of Cardwell. This walking trails takes you through dense rain forest with many creek crossings.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Culture, Family, Guided Tours, Hiking, History, Trekking, Wildlife
  • Activity Level Leisurely
  • Group Size Medium Group
All about the The Dalrymple Gap Walking Track.

Dalrymple Gap walking track—10 kilometres one way (allow six hours) Grade: difficult

This track follows the route of a road built in the 1860s, that in turn roughly followed the route taken by Aboriginal people across the Cardwell Range. It meanders through open eucalypt forest and rainforest, and has numerous creek crossings. The cool, fresh rainforest air is a welcome relief after the steep climb up the Cardwell Range where huge strangler figs reach well above the forest.

Near the top of Dalrymple Gap, on the coastal side, is an historic brick-lined bridge. The bricks were brought from Scotland and the bridge has an interesting stone-pitched face. Drill holes and grooves in rocks along the edge of the track show where they were split to widen the track.

This track can be walked in either direction, and is best done as a one-way walk to allow time to enjoy the beauty of Dalrymple Creek and the historic features of the track.

You will need to arrange for a vehicle to meet you at the opposite end of the walk, or you can contact us regarding our drop off and pick up service.