Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Gugigugi (butterfly) walk, Wet Tropics Great Walk. The Gugigugi (Goo-ji-goo-ji) walk starts at the Henrietta gate pick-up point travelling through open forest and lush creek crossings. This walk crosses the Herbert River before reaching the Yamanie pick-up point.
Day 1—Henrietta gate pick-up point to Stony Creek camp site
From Henrietta gate pick-up point walk 5.2 kilometres to Lemon Tree Gully, aptly names for the lemon tree that still bears fruit. After passing through the gully, walk a further six kilometres to Henrietta Creek, an ideal rest spot. Fill water bottles here as there is no water until the camp site, 13 kilometres away. The track from Henrietta Creek then passes through area that was previously used for grazing. The land was purchased by the Queensland Government in 1994 and made part of Girringun National Park. The park protects habitat for the endangered mahogany glider and work is underway to control the spread of pest plans and to remove pest animals.
Day 2 Stony Creek camp site to Yamanie pick-up point
From the camp site, walk 4.4 kilometre to Garrawalk Creek. The creeks along this part of the walk run into the Herbert River which is not far from the track. Crocodiles can be found in the Herbert River. Be aware! You are now in croc country. Estuarine or saltwater crocodiles are an important part of north Queensland’s wetlands, freshwater and marine areas. They are one of the largest predators in these habitats and help to maintain the overall health and balance of these ecosystems. They live mainly in the tidal reaches of rivers, as well as in freshwater lagoons, swamps and waterways — up to hundreds of kilometres from the sea. Crocodiles are most active at night. Remember to be croc wise in croc country. From the creek, walk another three kilometres to a grove of cycads. These ancient plants were part of the landscape when dinosaurs roamed the land and were the dominant form of vegetation about 193–136 million years ago, changing very little since that time. The Yamani turn-off is a further 1.8 kilometres along this track. Follow the signs to the pick-up point, and enjoy a 9.5 kilometre walk through open forest, along the high banks of the Herbert River to the Yamanie pick-up point.
Remember to tell a responsible person where you are going and when you expect to return. Let them know your route and contact them on your return. Have a contingency plan in place if you fail to contact them by the agreed time. If you change your plans, inform them.
Distance: 37.5 kilometres one way.
Time: allow two days.